HP QTP / UFT vs Selenium Webdriver

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The Battle between HP QTP and Selenium

It is a well-known fact that careful automated testing can prevent the need for repetitive testing, improve the overall quality of software and reduce the time between software releases. However, a lot of novice QA engineers ponder on how to identify the right kind of tool for automation testing. With many automation testing tools, both commercial and open source, it is quite difficult to make a final choice. Two powerful automation testing tools that have set a benchmark would be HP QTP / UFT (Unified Functional Testing) and Selenium. These are two pioneers in the field of automation testing. Conversely, experienced QA managers believe HP QTP is here to stay and support automation testing in the long run.

The Rise of HP QTP / HP UFT and dominance in Automation Testing market.

For several years, HP Unified Functional Testing alias HP Quick Test Pro alias WinRunner has become a dominant player in the field of functional automation testing. The initial product Winrunner was introduced back in 1995 by company called Mercury and the product was matured with a web version of Winrunner, which was introduced as QTP (Quick Test Professional) in 2001. HP bought Mercury in 2006 and HP seriously invested to make the HP QTP the best automation tool. It is a commercial product with user friendly features and a comprehensive interface. HP QTP relies on VB scripts. This is a primary language that is packed with many useful features that can support and power automation testing. Officially, the coding skill of QA engineers becomes less important with HP QTP. This is because the tool requires only basic scripting experience.

HP QTP / HP UFT comprises of a huge object repository that takes care of many component oriented strategies. The commercial tool is ideal to view test results, navigate and generate reports with Cross browser, cross platform and can be integrated with HP ALM for Test automation suite… With the help of HP QTP organizations don’t need to worry about integration or testing components.

If you are a QA manager, HP QTP / UFT is what you need for high quality software development. The functional testing tool has top-notch dashboards that can be configured to suit your customized requirements. Another indispensable feature of this too would be its unique level of support that is offered by HP when you face technical issues and this is the biggest winner for QA Managers as they get help when they need it, right away. You will always come across someone with a valid solution & service.

The Fall of Selenium

On the other hand, selenium has lots of coding standards and requirements. The resources that are ought to be tested should be fine-tuned to suit various frameworks, components and architecture. The tool is open source and handled by various communities hence QA Manager doesn’t know who is right and which is the best solution. Unfortunately, serious issues are not addressed periodically as it is not backed by a company and every independent service provider doesn’t know the solution or expertise to the problem, as they haven’t developed or coded Selenium. This is a major drawback faced by selenium users. Potential users cannot (or will not) find answers to certain problems. You should wait indefinitely to find a solution for tacky issues.

Another problem with Selenium Framework is to find QA engineers who can code in Java, .Net, Python and usually, the salary of QA is not good enough to justify the cost of mastering languages. The resources who can do the coding are switching to development jobs as it pays far better money.