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WTF is UFT? HP’s Unified Functional Testing

Update 12-12-2012

Hp released a new tool named Unified Functional Testing which is a new tool that integrate two of HP’s Testing product in a common and IDE to provide powerfull testing framework for GUI and API testing:
•HP Service Test
•HP QuickTest Professional
To learn more check out my articles on:

  • UFT 11.50 – Support Matrix with Patch Updates
  • Confusion

    Does HP sometimes leave you scratching your head in confusion? It’s definitely what happened to me when they announced their new HP Unified Testing Software product. I already have QTP 11 and Service 11.10, so I was left to wonder — was this a new and separate product??

    Unified Functional Testing (UFT)

    As of now – as far as I can tell — it is not a separate, standalone product. If you log on to HP’s site and select Functional Test, what you are really doing is downloading QTP 11.

    UFT download

    If you also want Service Test, it’s a separate download. My guess is that eventually HP will have an actual product named Functional Test that will possess the same functionality of QTP & Service Test in one standalone app.

    So, my suggestion is, at least for now, is that when you hear “HP Unified Functional Testing software,” think “HP UFT” — a machine that has a standalone install of QTP Pro 11 with all add-ins, and a separate standalone install of Service Test 11.10 and you are using a Unified Functional Testing license.

    So WTF is UFT?

    Basically “Unified Functional Testing” (UFT) is a license type that allows you to integrate QuickTest Pro with Service Test.

    “Unified Functional Testing” Version 1.0 license key supports Version 11.00 (and later versions) of QuickTest Professional (including its Add-ins) and Service Test. That means that if you want to be able to call QTP from ST (or vice versa) you’ll need a special license called UFT.

    If you only have an “FT-Unified” license for QTP and ST, you will not be able to use the built-in integration ability of either product. So if you have a FT-Unified license and you select the ‘insert\Call to Service Test Test’ menu option you will get the following message: “To insert a call to a Service Test test, QuickTest, you must be using a Unified Functional Testing license.”

    QTP UFT Error

    Since this new license was most likely not included in the original HP licensing agreement, companies that currently hold an “enterprise License” will probably will be out of luck when it comes to using UFT.

    So how do I know what license type I have?

    A Unified FunctionalTesting license will look something like this:
    RWEHKWHEKHWKEHKWJOEJOEFSJKSFJOE# “Unified FunctionalTesting” version “1.0”

    a Functional Testing license will look like this:

    Notice why this is confusing — both have the word “Unified” in them – WTF!

    Please – let me know if I’m not understanding UFT correctly.

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