WinRunner vs. QuickTest Pro
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We have been implementing Mercury’s products since 1992 and have senior levelexpertise in WinRunner. We have been implementing WinRunner since the very firstversion of it. So like many existing WinRunner customers we have a huge knowledgeinvestment in WinRunner ourselves. However we have worked on the Mercurydevelopment team on the QuickTest Pro 6.0 and 6.5 releases, and have solid real-world experience in implementing QuickTest Pro since the 6.0 release. We havefound it to be a great tool to use and recommend it to all customers! Overall, werecommend using QuickTest Pro unless for some reason you have to use WinRunnerdue to an unsupported environment not existing in QuickTest Pro.Overall, QuickTest Pro is easier to use and implement for both technical and non-technical testers in comparison to WinRunner. QTP offers many features that arefound in WinRunner, but are easier to use. QTP also offers many features not foundin WinRunner that make test script creation, enhancement and maintenance easier.Let’s quickly discuss some key issues:
The WinRunner interface forces the user to look directly at TSL code. TSL isthe WinRunner programming language developed by Mercury. It is based onthe “C” programming language and therefore looks very similar. For testerswho do not have a technical background, they are not always comfortablewith having to always look at code. However QuickTest Pro offers a “TreeView” which is an icon-based view of the script. This is very easy to get usedto and non-technical people adapt to it quicker and feel more comfortableworking with it. For the technical user, they can always switch over to the “Expert View” in QuickTest and look directly at code, and program away usingVBScript.
WinRunner uses TSL which is a proprietary language of Mercury. These typesof languages can be very restrictive and you are limited on availableresources. QuickTest Pro use the Microsoft programming language VBScriptwhich is very powerful, has lots of capabilities and there are lots of resourcesavailable.
We feel that there are many more “point and click” features in QuickTest Prothan WinRunner. This makes its use easier.Source: Automated Solutions, IncPage 2 of 6