Concrete info about what WinRunner really is?
I see in this forum that there are many views/replies for both SilkTest and WinRunner.
I have managed to figure out what SilkTest is/works/costs/how to use etc. but I have problems to find out information about Winrunner: It is actually difficult to find info about it on the Web… (I know it sounds strange)
Concrete I'm looking for the following information:
1. Is WinRunner a similar testing tool as SilkTest?
2. Is it easy to use for small software company who don't have a testing department of 50+people only doing QA? In our company we need an easy tool for our developers to test what they develop (a windows based software) and the goal is that they shall write/record test scripts themselves – which then run in nightly scheduled tasks.
3. Is it possible to try Winrunner free in 30 days or something?
4. What's the cost? Up front fee or license depending on how many users? I don't need a precise number but is free/100$-500$/1000-5000$/more? We are currently looking for 10 users.
5. And finally – what is their official homepage for WinRunner on the Web? I know it sounds stupid but I cannot find it..A link to where I can find concrete information would be nice please.
Thanks for the reply,
Re: Concrete info about what WinRunner really is?
WinRunner is loosing ground to QuickTest Pro (similar tool also offered by HP), so you won't find a lot of information about it on the HP website. I have not personally used SilkTest, but my understanding is that it's essentially the same as all the other automated functional testing tools out there.
In response to your questions...
2) Yes. Any size company can use it.
3) WinRunner comes with a 14-day trial, but getting your hands on the software is hard. I don't think HP provides it as a download, so you may have to contact a Sales Rep to get the software for eval. But yes, you will be able to get it if you need it.
4) The cost for a single user license is around $5000 USD. A floating license is around $7500 USD (those number may have shifted up).
5) No official web page I can think of. This forum is a good place to start.
You may be better off looking at QuickTest Professional than WinRunner. HP bought both software tools from Mercury, and Mercury was essentially not putting any R&D money into WinRunner any more. Everything was going to QuickTest. It was clear that Mercury saw QuickTest as the future of automated testing, and HP will probably see it the same way. WinRunner has been around since the Windows 3.0 days, so it's had a long run.