So I’ve been hacking away at QTP for the last couple of weeks (no, I didn’t make the decision to purchase it, yes I have to use it as the political consequences of not doing so are more painful).
I’m not a massive fan of QTP, mostly because I think that it’s really bloody cheeky for a company to charge six figures for a product because of its feature richness, then charge 5 figures for training because it’s so complex that no one can use the damn thing, not to mention that all the official written how-to information is safely tucked away behind a walled off site, available for those who pay their support fees. For the same price HP charge for basic QTP training, I could fly any world-class tester out here for a week to hang out with me and my team. I know which option I’d get more value from.
Luckily there are plenty of useful sites out there maintained by QTP users, which is handy because if your support fees are not paid up, you get bugger all from the source.
QTP 10 has some inherent bugs that annoy me and I’m still dubious about how well the shared object library will work for me in the long run, but leaving the ranting and bitching aside, I should say that it does seem to be doing what I tell it to most of the time.
I’m attempting to implement Michael Hunter’s Logical Functional Model (which I think is really bloody clever, btw) as best I’m able. It’s still early days yet, but we’ll get there. I do run into problems a lot, largely because if my inexperience with the tool, but perhaps some good will come of it if I share my pain with you 🙂 I’m going to post bits and pieces that I discover, just in case they’re useful to others. I don’t know how well QTP will fit the LFM, but I’ll see what I can do about documenting my progress with that as well.
For the moment, here are a few links that I have found useful:
- The SQA forums QTP FAQ
- CodeWanker (love the name)
- Sachin Dhall’s QTP blog
- Dmitry Motevich’s blog (vlog?) QTP How-to movies
There are a few others out there, but they’re full of ISTQB ads, so I don’t really feel like linking to them. I’m sure you understand.