Testing Business Components using QTP and Quality Center

Generally, business components are created and modified in Quality Centre by Subject Matter Experts. However, you can use the Business Component Keyword View to create, view, modify, and debug a business component in QTP, if required.

In the Keyword View, business components are divided into steps in a modular, keyword-driven, table format. Each step is a row that comprises individual parts that you can easily modify. You create and modify steps by selecting items and operations and entering additional information, as required.

Each step in a business component is automatically documented as you complete it. This enables you to view a description of the step in understandable sentences. In addition, if you added a function library to the application area associated with the business component, when you define a step by selecting a user-defined operation (function), the documentation that you added in the function library will be displayed for the step.

Before you create or open a business component, you connect QTP to a Quality Centre project, which is where business components and application area resources and settings are stored. Connecting to your Quality Centre project enables QTP to create or open the business component. This also enables the business component to access all of the resources defined in the application area on which the component is based.

Important Note: Make sure you have the required Quality Centre permissions before working with business components and application areas.

If the application area you select does not yet contain all of the required resources and settings, you can still add steps using the ManualStep function or the Comment option. This enables you to type in manual steps as you would in Quality Centre or in another application, such as Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. You can also use comments to add information about a step or to separate sections of your business component. Each manual step and comment appears as a separate row in the Keyword View.

If you want to delete a component, you can do so only in Quality Centre, regardless of whether it was created in QTP or in Quality Centre.

Also, if needed, you can convert a business component to a scripted component.

Rahnuma Tasnim

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