WinRunner automation tool Preparation: Weekend preparation Series

This is part of Winrunner Interview question series post. I have previously written posts on some Basic Winrunner FAQ’s part-1 and Winrunner basics part-2.

These are some important WinRunner interview questions frequently asked in automation testing interview. If you are unclear of any answer ask me for clarification. I will continue this WinRunner tutorial posting series on weekends as a testing interview preparation series for you.

How do you analyze test results in Winrunner tool and report the defects?

When you finish any test in WinRunner, WinRunner displays the results in a report format. The report logs the general information about the test run I.e date, operator mode and total run time. Also, the report details all the major events that occurred during the run, such as checkpoints, error messages, system messages, or user messages. A mismatch can be found in the report panel by seeing the actual result and the expected result. If a test run fails due to a defect in the application being tested, you can report information about the defect directly from the Test Results window. This information is sent via e-mail to the quality assurance manager, who tracks the defect until it is fixed.

What is the use of Test Director testing tool?

TestDirector is Mercury Interactive’s software test management tool. It helps quality assurance personnel plan and organizes the testing process. With TestDirector you can create a database of manual and automated tests, build test cycles, run tests, and report and track defects. You can also create reports and graphs to help review the progress of planning tests, running tests, and tracking defects before a software release.

How to integrate automated scripts from TestDirector to Windrunner Scripts?

When you work in WinRunner and create any test script you have the option to save it directly to Test Director test repository.
Or while creating a test case in the TestDirector we can specify whether the script in automated or manual. And if it is automated script then TestDirector will build a skeleton for the script like TSL(Test Script language) of WinRunner that can be later modified into one which could be used to test the application.

What are the different modes of recording in WinRunner?

Two type of recording in WinRunner.
1. Context Sensitive recording records the operations you perform on your application by identifying Graphical User Interface (GUI) objects. Windrunner identifies all the objects in your window you click like menus, windows, lists, buttons and the type of operation you perform such as enable, move, select etc.
2. Analog recording records keyboard input, mouse clicks, and the precise x- and y-coordinates traveled by the mouse pointer across the screen i.e Winrunner records exact co-ordinates traveled by mouse.

What is the purpose of loading WinRunner Add-Ins?

Add-Ins are used in WinRunner to load functions specific to the particular add-in to the memory. While creating a script only those functions in the add-in selected will be listed in the function generator and while executing the script only those functions in the loaded add-in will be executed else WinRunner will give an error message saying it does not recognize the function.

What are the reasons that WinRunner fails to identify GUI object?

WinRunner fails to identify an object in a GUI due to various reasons.
1. The object is not a standard windows object.
2. If the browser used is not compatible with the WinRunner version, GUI Map Editor will not be able to learn any of the objects displayed in the browser window.

What do you mean by the logical name of the object?

When you click an object, WinRunner assigns the object a logical name, which is
usually the object’s text label. The logical name makes it easy for you to read the
test script. For example, when you selected the Order No. checkbox,
WinRunner recorded the following statement in WinRunner TSL:
button_set (“Order No.”, ON);
“Order No.” is the object’s logical name.

An object’s logical name is determined by its class. In most cases, the logical name is the label that appears on an object.

If the object does not have a name then what will be the logical name?
If the object does not have a name then the logical name could be the attached text.

What is the difference between GUI map and GUI map files?

The GUI map is actually the sum of one or more GUI map files. There are two modes for organizing GUI map files.
i. Global GUI Map file: a single GUI Map file for the entire application
ii. GUI Map File per Test: WinRunner automatically creates a GUI Map file for each test created.

GUI Map file is a file which contains the windows and the objects learned by the WinRunner with its logical name and their physical description.

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#1 Henning

that’s really a cool idea. Also keep on adding some practical examples for illustrations so that it will easier to understand.

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#3 chary

if we saved five scripts.what is the way to run the scripts one, two and five?

#4 chary

What is the extension of winrunner script files ?

#5 chary

What is physical and logical names to the objects in Win runner?

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Hi Kavitha,

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Hi Sonika,

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#27 Hanying

In Web Link testing case what automation tool should
be used?

Case like:
Testing Links and Web Site Mapping
Testing begins with mapping out the site under test. Your web test plan should include following all the links of a web site to generate or validate a map of the web site structure. Testing the links ensures that no “404 – Not Found” errors exist, and that the pages retrieved for display are the ones that are expected.

Links come in all shapes and sizes: hyperlinked text, linked graphics, or java-enabled controls. Some automation test tools can’t recognize and manipulate links. Be sure your tool evaluation includes a question about exactly how links are recognized, and how they can be tested once recognized.

Then what tool is best fit fot it? Winruner , QTP or something else?


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#31 Anoo raadha

Hi friends,
I am working as a tester in a company.I do manual testing.
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#33 Sri


Can any one provide the questions in winrunner, QTP, QC that interviewer’s ask to test the practical experience?
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#46 prabakaran

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