Automation Object Model (AOM) and how is it used

The QuickTest Professional (QTP) / Unified Functional Testing (UFT) Automation Object Model (AOM) is an application programming interface (API) designed to write programs that automate your QTP/UFT operations. The AOM provides objects, methods, and properties that enable you to control QTP/UFT from another application.

The AOM enables you to automate test management.

You can control virtually every QTP (UFT-GUI) feature and capability using the objects, methods and properties included in the Automation Object Model. Automation scripts make it easy to perform any QuickTest operation multiple times in multiple tests without having to open the QTP/UFT application, for example,

•You can write a script that modifies the test object description properties in the Object Identification dialog box and performs an update run on all tests in a specified file folder.

•After installing a new add-in, an automation script can associate this add-in to all relevant tests.

•You can write an automation script to run a selected batch of tests. For each test, you can retrieve the associated add-ins list. Then, if the necessary add-ins are not already loaded, you can close QTP/UFT, load the necessary add-ins, reopen QuickTest, and run the test.

•You can define your settings for a test in QTP/UFT, then click "Generate Script" in the Generate tab of the Test Settings dialog box to generate an automation script based on the current test settings. You can then apply those same settings automatically to multiple tests using the whole automation script or excerpts from the generated file.

Example: Create and run an automation program from Microsoft Visual Basic that loads the required add-ins for a test, starts QTP/UFT in visible or minimized mode, opens the test, configures settings that correspond to those in the Options, Test Settings, and Record and Run Settings dialog boxes, runs the test, and saves the test.

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Creating automation programs:

The Properties tab of the Test Settings dialog box, the General tab of the Options dialog box, and the Object Identification dialog box each contain a "Generate Script" button. Clicking this button generates a automation script file (.vbs) containing the current settings from the corresponding dialog box.

You can run the generated script as is to open QTP/UFT with the exact configuration of the QTP/UFT application that generated the script, or you can copy and paste selected lines from the generated files into your own automation script.

Generating an automation script for QTP/UFT options:

1.Go to Tools -> Options.

2.Select the General tab.

3.Click <Generate Script>.

4.Save the script to the desired location.

5.Click <OK> to close the Options dialog.

Generating an automation script for test settings:

1.Go to Test -> Settings.

2.Select the Properties tab.

3.Click <Generate Script>.

4.Save the script to the desired location.

5.Click <OK> to close the Test Settings dialog.

Generating an automation script for object identification settings:

1.Go to Tools -> Object Identification.

2.Click <Generate Script>.

3.Save the script to the desired location.

4.Click <OK> to close the Object Identification dialog.

The QTP/UFT Automation Object Model Reference file is a help file that provides detailed descriptions, syntax information, and examples for the objects, methods, and properties in the QuickTest Automation Object Model.

When QTP/UFT is installed is possible to open the Automation Object Model Reference from:

•The QTP/UFT program folder (Start -> Programs -> QTP/UFT -> Documentation -> Automation Object Model Reference)

•The QTP/UFT Help menu (Help -> Automation Object Model Reference)

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