Sneak Peak: Workflow Editor

We have spent the last couple of weeks putting together a tool for editing Workflow scripts used with Application Lifecycle Management 11 (ALM).  This is the latest release of the Quality Center product line.  Test Design Studio has long had the ability to open and edit workflow scripts, but this process involved exploiting a security hole that was plugged by default.  In the past, there was simply no supported way to download and upload the workflow script files.

That has finally changed with ALM 11!

Beginning with ALM 11 Patch 1, a feature was added to ALM 11 that enables an FTP server which can be used to browse files in the repository of a project.  Using standard FTP protocol, users with the right permissions can upload and download files… including workflow scripts!  Now that there is a supported way to handle these files, we can finally bring a product to the community that will improve the experience of editing those scripts.

Introducing Workflow Editor…

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If the interface looks familiar, it should.  Workflow Editor is being built on the same engine as Test Design Studio 3.  We have taken a “pluggable” approach to how we are developing our next version of Test Design Studio, and that has allowed us to utilize the same code base to bring up a new tool with a specific focus.  The best news is that any improvements we make to Test Design Studio will be available in Workflow Editor without additional effort, and the opposite will be true as well.  In fact, we are using Workflow Editor to advance our development of Test Design Studio 3.  This provides us with a less-complex tool to refine the VBScript parsing engine and IntelliSense as well as other common UI design challenges.

Best of all, we plan to make this tool FREE TO THE COMMUNITY!! 

The screen shot above is an early preview that is likely to change (especially the Ribbon interface), but we hope to start making Workflow Editor available soon.  Stay tuned to this blog or follow us on Twitter (@PattConsulting) to keep informed about availability.  We look forward to sharing this tool and hearing your feedback.

New White Paper: QuickTest(R) Project Management

How you manage your QuickTest® Pro test assets will have a significant impact on the success of your project.  We put together a white paper that discusses project management using either QC/ALM or the standard Windows® file system.  We also go on to show you how Test Design Studio builds on these techniques to provide a superior experience.

These techniques are valuable to anyone working with QuickTest® Pro, and not just Test Design Studio customers.  We hope you enjoy the white paper and will share with your colleagues.

The white paper can be downloaded here.

New Feature: Quality Center File Locking [Update]

The next release of Test Design Studio 2.0 will include a new feature to perform file locking in Quality Center / ALM.  When you open a test, attachment, resource, or BPT component for editing, Test Design Studio will attempt to acquire a lock on that file.  If the file is already locked by another user (either through Test Design Studio or tools like QuickTest), you will be notified that the file is locked.  At that time, the file will open in read-only mode.

This new feature should help teams collaborate without impacting the work of someone else.  If you prefer to disable the locking feature, you may do so using Test Design Studio options.  Select ‘Tools –> Options’ from the main menu, then expand the path for ‘HP –> Quality Center’.  Here you will find the option to enable/disable file locking.

We hope you enjoy this new feature coming in build 2.0.4571.

[Update] The new release of Test Design Studio 2.0.4572 is now available and includes this new feature.