Enhancements in QuickTest Professional 10

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New version of QTP offers the following product and feature enhancements. Click a link to view more details about the selected item.

1. Upgrade from QuickTest 9.5: If QuickTest 9.5 is installed on your computer, you can choose to upgrade to QuickTest version 10.00. This enables you to continue using many of the configurations and options you already set in QuickTest 9.5. You can also use an msi silent installation command line to upgrade from QuickTest 9.5.

2. Improved IntelliSense Functionality: QuickTest now provides full IntelliSense for the following types of objects:

- Objects created by a step or function (for example, by calling the CreateObject method)
- Variables to which an object is assigned
- Reserved objects
- COM objects
- Properties that return objects
- IntelliSense sentence completion now provides lists of local variables.
- Multi-level IntelliSense information is available for all reserved objects, COM objects, and objects created using the CreateObject method. For example, method names and available properties are offered for each item in the statement below:

attr_count = XMLUtil.CreateXML.ChildElementsByPath("").ItemByName("abc").Attributes.Count

3. Added Control for Editing and Managing Actions in Automation Scripts: The QuickTest Professional Automation Object Model has a new set of objects and methods for manipulating test actions and action parameters. You can now use automation scripts to create new actions, modify and validate the syntax of action scripts, create and modify action parameters, and more.

4. Improved Debugger Pane Design and Functionality: The Debug Viewer pane has a new look, including icons to help you identify the type of information displayed.

The Watch tab and Variable tab now display the types of expressions or variables, in addition to their names and values.

The Command tab now displays the command history (in read-only format) in addition to the command line, enabling you to view previously-run commands and select commands to reuse.

In addition, a right-click context menu in the Command tab enables you to:

- copy from the command history and edit the command line using the clipboard.
- clear the command history.

5. New Object Identification Solutions in Maintenance Run Mode: In addition to helping you update your steps and object repositories when objects in your application change, the Maintenance Run Wizard can now help you solve the following problems:

- The step failed because the object in your test is missing from the action's associated object repositories.
- The object in your step exists in the application, but can be identified only through Smart Identification.

6. Additional Configuration Settings for Text Recognition Mechanism: You can now set all text recognition configuration settings from the QuickTest Options Dialog Box (Tools > Options > General > Text Recognition), including new options for selecting the text block mode and specifying the languages to be used with the OCR mechanism. This makes it easier to make any necessary adjustments and to optimize the way that QuickTest identifies text in your application.

7. New Look for Options, Settings, and File Dialog Boxes: The QuickTest Options and Settings dialog boxes have changed from their former tab-based design to a more easily navigable tree-based structure. The tree contains only the options relevant for the add-ins that are currently loaded.

QuickTest file dialog boxes such as the New, Open, and Save dialog boxes, now include a sidebar for quickly switching between the file system and Quality Center and for switching between various Quality Center resource storage locations.

8. QuickTest Toolbar Customization Options: You can use the new Customize Dialog box (Tools > Customize) to customize the appearance of existing menus and toolbars, and to create your own user-defined menus, toolbar buttons, and shortcuts.

You can also add new commands to the QuickTest Tools menu so that you can launch an application directly from the menu. For example, you can use this option to create a shortcut to the application you want to test or to an automation script.

9. Improved Web Extensibility: QuickTest Professional Web Add-in Extensibility enables you to develop packages that provide high-level support for third-party and custom Web controls that are not supported out-of-the-box by the Web Add-in.

Limited extensibility support for the ASP .NET AJAX Control toolkit is provided with the extensibility installation. You can use this package as an example for reference or as a basis for your own Ajax extensibility packages.

By creating support for a Web control using Web Add-in Extensibility, you can direct QuickTest to recognize the control as belonging to a specific test object class. You can also extend the list of available test object classes that QuickTest is able to recognize and the list of operations that are available for each class. This enables you to create tests that fully support the specific behavior of your custom Web controls.

The QuickTest Professional Web Add-in Extensibility SDK 10.00 offers the following improvements:

- The Web Add-in Extensibility SDK now provides a global object, window, that you can use in your JavaScript code to access the Internet Explorer global namespace. This enables you to access client-side JavaScript objects and functions in the application you are testing.

- You can now use the Microsoft Script Debugger or the Microsoft Visual Studio debugger to debug JavaScript code that you write for Web Add-in Extensibility.

- The LogLine method provided by the _util object can now (optionally) accept a numeric ID and a numeric Category for the log entry that it passes to the event log. Users can later use this information to filter log entries in the Event Viewer. In addition, the LogLine method can now accept string values for the severity argument, in addition to numeric values.

10. .NET Add-in and Extensibility Improvements:

- The .NET Add-in now supports learning, recording, and running on .NET Windows Forms property grids. QuickTest learns these controls using the new SwfPropertyGrid test object class.

- The .NET Add-in has a new GetErrorProviderText method and ErrorProviderText identification property, which is supported for all .NET Windows Forms test objects. You can use this method or property to retrieve the tooltip text of the error icon associated with the object.

- The C# and Visual Basic project templates and wizards provided with the .NET Add-in Extensibility SDK installation are now provided on Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 (as well as on Microsoft Visual Studio .NET and Microsoft Visual Studio 2005).

- .NET Add-in Extensibility now enables users to create support for table checkpoints on custom .NET Windows Forms table controls

11. New Terminal Emulator Configuration Validation: The Terminal Emulator pane of the Options dialog box now includes a Validate button. When you click this button, QuickTest checks the current configurations of the selected emulator. If a problem is detected, a brief description is displayed in the pane. You can also click the Troubleshoot button to view a Help page that provides additional information about the detected problem.
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