A little background on my situation: The company I work for bought LoadRunner, Quicktest, and Test Director several months ago, right before we went through a round of layoffs. As fate would have it, they laid off the automated testing guru. Now, they would like me to start from scratch and implement LoadRunner within 3 months, and they are not willing to shell out $$ for training...yes, I know.
My dilemma: I have never used automated testing tools (yes, yes...I know) but I learn quickly and I am going to try my best to get something up and running here. I have the 884 page user manual, which is informative, but doesn't provide me with what I would like to get started: some book or training manual that will let me jump in and sink or swim. Assuming there is no "LoadRunner for Dummies" (trust me, I have looked), does anyone have any suggestions on a book to get me started that is more reader friendly than the User's Guides? Does anyone know if a LoadRunner "fundamentals" book exists?
I would be immensely grateful for any help/advice anyone could provide.
I was in a similar situation (it happens) and just jumped right in to the product. The manuals help, but actually 'playing' with the tool is what did it for me. If you've got someone that has something 'real' that could be tested without the pressure of deadlines, that would help.
Read as many threads here and at the MI site as you can. Even if you don't understand everything read and read. Eventually it starts making sense.
Have you checked to see if there is a users group in your area? That could be a helpful place too.
There is a samples setup which installs the "Mercury Flight Application" sample applications which used to be the subject matter for Tutorials provided as part of the on-line documentation.
The installer is still there and can be found under your Start->Programs->LoadRunner menu. Unfortunately I'm not sure where the supporting documentation is now, perhaps you should check with MI Support for this.
This should give you a basic grasp of LR record & playback and basic LR features. However, in order to get real benefit from LR you need to have some basic programming skills.
The core of LR scripting is ANSI 'C' and you can can pretty much do anything that you can with C in a LR script. If you don't have a C background then I'd suggest sourcing a good book.