Unlike QTP 11, Service Test 11 is a major upgrade from Service Test 9.53. HP is touting ST 11 as “an extensibility framework for construction and execution of functional test of headless systems that do not have a user interface.” Some of the notable changes:
Unlike QuickTest Pro, which uses wimpy VBScript, ST 11 uses C#, which is a full-blown, “real man’s” programming language. HP has even revamped the famous Mercury Tours web site sample to utilize web services.
I have to be honest here — I’m personally on the fence about HP’s decision to move away from Vugen. I kind of liked having a one-script solution (LR) that used the same protocol for both functional and performance testing. ST 11 scripts can still be used for load tests, but since it uses C#, I’m not clear as to how scalable tests will be compared to the Vugen equivalent.
I also like the ST 9.53 “business component” script functionality that could be integrated with Quality Center; ST 11 does not have this feature. So, it appears as though testers who have built up a large test suite of web service business components will be out of luck if they move forward with ST 11.00.
In any case, I can see why HP decided to make the change. After working with the new version, I have to admit that it’s considerably more user friendly. QTP engineers will most likely need a minimal learning curve to get up to speed with it. QTP 11 has the ability to call ST 11 scripts, making it easier to do end-to-end testing of an application. I’ll need a little more time to evaluate the changes, but so far I say, “Well done, HP.”
To see a video demo of HP Service Test 11 check out my post http://www.joecolantonio.com/?p=131