Does anyone understand Compuware's long-term strategy of QARUN vs TestParter. It seems that Test Partner is the where they are moving. I'm considering purchasing QARUN but I'm hesitant if their focus will be shifting.
I did see some older posts on this topic but I didn't know if anyone had more current information.
Per my Compuware sales/support rep....
"QARun is here to stay for the long run. However, emphasis for new functionality will be given to Testpartner first, then QARun will follow close behind."
Per our sales rep. It depends on what languages you are testing against. We are using QARun to test against PowerBuilder. QARun beta will be out in a few months for PB 8.x, but we were told that the PB 9.x support will only be under TestPartner. This has us concerned also.
Another thing to consider. I have not seen any of the latest beta's for TestPartner, but all of the one's I did see were designed for a developer to use, not a basic tester.
QARun is fairly easy to pick up and start to use without having a programming background. I have taught "Non" programmers how to use the tool for years, in fact Compuware used to pay me to do just that TestPartner is designed for someone with a programming background. This is just my opinion from what I have seen so far, but we shall see.
In speaking to one of the sales reps there is no reason to be alarmed. The tools will both co-exist for some time. I was also informed of the capability of migrating QARun scripts into TestPartner and the execution of the scripts driven through QADirector.
Here's a snippet from the testpartner help on running QARun scripts from testpartner
The following code uses TQARun to create the QARun object using the variable placeholder td. It then loads a tool domain to be used with the object, changes some tool domain settings and runs a QARun script.