Remember, a month ago, when HP announced its new “HP Unified Functional Testing 11.5”? It may be hidden by all the products launched during HP Discover 2012 in Frankfurt, but this is actually big news. Big news for you if you are in the testing space, and big news for HP IT and R&D - the people behind the HP products and services.
HP QuickTest Pro and HP Service Test have gained quite a bit of popularity in trecent years amongst HP's development and test community. It is a fact that many HP products and services leverage QTP for their test automation. Service Test has also gained momentum in the area of headless testing (without user interfaces) for the many HP's SOAP and REST based web services. This is an important user base, they use QuickTest Pro and Service Test on a daily basis.
UFT 11.5 is no minor version change for HP's R&D and IT. First, test automation engineers will not have to install two tools because they are now unified. Also, the many enhancements and improvements (already described in Michael's blog) will definitely help write better automated tests, in a much easier way. From my standpoint, one of the most exciting feature sis image-based automation. It provides a nice complement to automated tests which use object-based recognition (which is reliable, but requires the technology to be supported by the test tool).
I'm not with those who suggest that image-based automation allows casual testers to create automated tests with much less scripting or coding knowledge. Instead, I am convinced that test automation requires first-class coding skills. But image-based test automation will certainly help in some of our most difficult scenarios. I do not want to forget about UFT's new development environment (IDE). Big improvements were requested in this area by many HP testers, and it looks like they have reasons to be happy with new editing and debugging capabilities; which are at par with other IDEs out there. My real favorite is the ability to add references to your test solution: you can benefit from any DLL or Library that would achieve a complex task and leverage it in your test script.
Being from the same mother ship, we (HP IT) work a lot with the HP Software team which creates UFT. Many HP internal developers and testers are actually design partners with HP Software and collaborate to create an even better UFT product. In fact, in addition to beta testing, I got my hands on the RTM (release to manufacturing) version of UFT 11.5 a month or so ago. Despite not having the time to do real work with it yet, I am very happy to see that it installed smoothly and that we did not have to upgrade our UFT license server. My internal customers – HP IT and R&D - will be able to benefit from UFT immediately.
Have a fruitful HP Discover, and let's take the opportunity to meet in one of my sessions "TB1076 - HP IT: Managing the application lifecycle across the enterprise" or "meet the expert" Tuesday or Wednesday. If you are not going to HP Discover, I'm on Twitter too: @ojacques2