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About the Author

Tarun Lalwani is a Test Automation and Solutions Architect and the author of the two most widely read books on QTP, the award-winning ‘QuickTest Professional Unplugged’ and ‘And I Thought I knew QTP!’ As well as working on various automated testing projects, he is the Founder of KnowledgeInbox, a company focused on the research and design of Automation products, as well as providing Test Automation services and consultation. Anshoo Arora is a Test Architect and Software Developer, best known for his Test Automation website, www.RelevantCodes.com. He is continuously researching to find better ways of working with QTP, simplifying automation maintenance and creating extensible test suites/frameworks. A regular contributor at AdvancedQTP and SQAForums, he is also the Technical Editor and Reviewer of QuickTest’s first conceptual book, ‘And I thought I knew QTP!’

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: KnowledgeInbox (October 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983675929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983675921
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #925,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Boyd Patterson on January 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
Most areas of computer programming have the privilege of access to many reference books. QuickTest automation, which I have always stated is more of a programming activity than testing activity, is not one of those areas. This is why a new book on QuickTest programming is always a gem! The latest work by Anshoo Arora and Tarun Lalwani, titled "QTP Descriptive Programming Unplugged" does not disappoint.

This is not the first book for Tarun. Those who are still learning the in's and out's of QuickTest should check out his first book titled "QuickTest Professional Unplugged". I also reviewed his second book "And I thought I knew QTP!" which utilizes a narrative technique to introduce technical concepts. This latest book, with the help of Anshoo Arora, is a return to the typical style of a technical reference manual.

I have been working with GUI test automation for 13 years, and there is one key aspect of interacting with a GUI that has never changed; you must be able to recognize the UI objects! Anyone who has ever been given a new application to test has had the realization that comes when you fire up your automation tool only to see that few, if any, of the screen objects are recognized by the tool. This is the "knife to the heart" of any automation effort because object recognition is so vital to successful automation projects. We face enough challenges with GUI automation, that object recognition should not be one of them.

When you find that QuickTest is able to recognize your objects, be thankful! The journey typically does not end there, and that is where this book is a valuable resource. Even when working with supported technologies, getting QuickTest to properly and consistently recognize your objects is a must.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joe Colantonio on November 26, 2012
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QTP -- Descriptive Programming Unplugged covers more advanced topics in Quick Test Professional that you'll inevitably need to know once you've got the basics under your belt. The book is 454 pages long, and is broken up in 18 chapters with appendixes.

I like how this book builds up steam; the chapters get progressively more advanced the further into it you get. The first chapter provides a nice introduction to QTP object identification for anyone who has ever wondered how QTP recognizes objects in an application. It even contains a cool object identification algorithm diagram that shows the steps QTP goes through to try to ID an object.
It's important to know these steps, because if you're having issue with QTP not recognizing your application, having that basic knowledge will allow you to better diagnose issues, as well as come up with some viable workarounds.

The next chapters walk you through the ins and outs of the object repository (OR), and go into detail (with examples) on how you can use descriptive programming to interact with application fields without using the OR. The descriptive programming section also explains why and when it should be used.

Other topics covered that every automation engineer should know, regardless of which test tool(s) they're using, include how to use the HTML DOM, XPath and CSS.

Some of the topics that are covered near the end of the book are ones that I rarely see in any QTP books or manuals anymore -- for instance, how to test and handle multiple languages testing (also known as Localization).

My favorite chapter has to be Coding Scripts in .NET. By reading it you will learn some cools ways you can utilize .NET and C# (rather than VBScript) to code your script using a COM based bridge.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob Culp on October 30, 2013
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Like another reviewer, I also write QTP scripts for a living. However, unlike that reviewer and I suspect Messrs Arora and Lalwani, my applications are not web based. I read roughly half of the book and put it to the side as I didn't find much in the way of non-web based testing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rashed Zaman on April 28, 2014
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I bought this book and now I regret my quick decision to buy a book which has so many things that when applied do not work at all. Those who are willing to buy this book must think twice before spending USD50. Honestly speaking look for some western authors. Articulation of subject matter, well, substandard!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul M. Grossman on November 17, 2012
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Anshoo Arora joins forces with Tarun Lalwani to produce a stellar new book on Descriptive Programming. In short, it teaches the reader a multitude of tips and techniques for identifying objects using QuickTest Professional. If Tarun's initial work, QTP Unplugged, is a gold mine of information, this one is the mother lode.

This book surpasses it's predecessor in clean design and even more samples. The pages overflow with HTML examples from the basic to the obscure, along with the QTP code to identify it all. Of particular interest is the new ways to identify objects using XPATH and CSS.

An astonishing 50 pages are dedicated to the implementation of Web Extensibility, while nearly 35 pages address Web Service testing, the most of any resource I've seen on either topic. Beyond this, the appendix includes notes on issue resolution, writing the most efficient code, object method override, and using the Execute command. One section even deals with cross browser testing in both Firefox and Chrome.

There has not been a day yet that I haven't pulled out this book to look up some technique. My client purchased several copies for the entire team after reviewing my copy. I'm not sure what these guys could possibly have left up their sleeves to write about, but if there is another book in store, I'm eager to see it.
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