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Interview of Tarun Lalwani, QTP Expert

Tarun Lalwani is a QTP Expert working in Infosys. Quality Testing interviewed him recently, to discuss about the QTP Tool.


We hope that this interview will be useful for you.


QT: Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?
TL: I am Tarun Lalwani and have done my BE in Computer Science from NSIT, Delhi. I started my IT career in 2004 and currently work as an Automation & Solution consultant at Infosys.


QT: How did you get an idea to start http://www.knowledgeinbox.com website?

TL: My interest in automation of system testing led me to exploring QTP. After few months of
learning, I realized the need for sharing my knowledge on a global platform. The idea gave birth to
KnowledgeInbox. After its inception the site has had a great response and feedback from users around the globe.


QT: Tell us brief about QuickTest Professional Unplugged book? Is this book is sufficient for QTP beginners and experts?

TL: QuickTest Professional Unplugged is the first ever book on QTP. Published in May 2009, the book gives a pragmatic view of QTP. The book assumes that the reader has basic knowledge of VBScript & QTP (record/replay of scripts). It then builds up the knowledge feature by feature in a very structured manner. The book can be used by beginners as well experts. It highlights few of the undocumented features of QTP which cannot be found any other documentation. The preview of the book can be downloaded here. For more details on the book click here.


QT: What is the latest version of QTP? and what are the new features updated in Latest version?
TL: Latest version of QTP is v11. I was given an opportunity by HP to beta test it. HP also presented me with the best feedback award for the same. The new features of QTP 11 worth mentioning are:

  • New results viewer – Standalone installation for result viewer and a new improved UI with
  • Ability to run QTP scripts with Remote desktop minimized
  • Identification of web objects using XPATH
  • Load and debug libraries at run-time. This is one feature that the community has been
    requesting from QTP 9.0
  • Recording support on Firefox and access to .Object property for Firefox. Now we can access
    DOM objects as well
  • Embed and run javascript on web pages
  • Direct Log tracking for Log4Net and Log4J frameworks of the application
  • Visual Relation Identification – Identify objects based on their position relative to other objects.
  • This is one huge enhancement in QTP 11 as it allows us to identify dynamic object easily through use of reference objects


QT: What is the toughest situation that you faced with QTP?

TL: Well there are usually two categories of issues – Technical and process. There have been many  technical issues that I have faced but none which I can call as the toughest one. But when it comes to process/architecture design I believe Test data is one of the major challenges of Automation. Automation suites with 1000+ scripts and with each script having different test data needs; it can become very difficult to setup the test data bed. It also becomes difficult to generate test data when there is dependency different (3rd party/external) systems. It is one challenge that I am still working on for creating a optimized solution.


QT: What is your advice to people who want to learn QTP tool?
TL: Having good knowledge of VBScript and being able to differentiate between VBScript and QTP
features is very important. I would advice to follow the below pattern of learning to become a expert in QTP:

  • Learn basics of VBScript
  • Learn basic record and replay of scripts
  • Implement some basic automation scripts
  • Learn advanced QTP concepts using the book "QuickTest Professional Unplugged"
  • Learn the technology you are testing. E.g. Knowing HTML and DOM helps create solution
    to complex issues during automation of web applications. So it is important to know the
    technology you test from a development perspective


QT: What is the importance of Software Testing Certifications in Testers LIFE? Which one you
TL: I have not been much involved in manual testing so haven't looked at benefits of certification like ISTQB and all. I really would not be the right person to comment on the same

QT: How significant is QTP certification to you when you’re screening candidates for a QTP tester position?
TL: I am myself QTP certified and I really don't think the certification tested me to any extent. I would not take into account QTP certifications when screening any candidates

QT: What is your favorite Functional, Performance, Test Management and Security Open Source Automation Tools and Why?
TL: I have only worked with QTP till now and that is my favorite functional tool. I am in constant touch with HP providing feedback to them for making QTP even better. I have not worked in other areas as of now and don't have any other favorites

QT: Any message to Quality Testing (QT) Members?
TL: Yes, keep sharing and help others with your knowledge.

Dear QT Members,

We wish him all the very best in professional and personal life.

Thanks & Regards,
Kiran Kumar | Founder | Quality Testing
Email: kiran@qualitytesting.info
Twitter: www.twitter.com/chkirankumar


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Comment by shuchi zaifrani on December 28, 2012 at 5:45pm

Tarun can u hlep me in learning QTP?

Comment by Akhalesh Yadav on April 3, 2012 at 2:01pm

Thanks Tarun for sharing your exp about QTP and personal tester things.


Comment by prasad on November 10, 2011 at 3:31pm

tharun previously  i fixed that testing is my career but u have boosted me a lot, i will read the

"QuickTest Professional Unplugged book" and get more knowledge

hats of tharun


reddy prasad


Comment by prasad on November 10, 2011 at 3:30pm

tharun previously  i fixed that testing is my career but u have boosted me a lot, i will read the

"QuickTest Professional Unplugged book" and get more knowledge

hats of tharun


reddy prasad


Comment by Shilpa Gupta on August 25, 2011 at 4:27pm
Thanks for sharing this information.
Comment by NaveenKumar N on June 12, 2011 at 2:30pm
motivating interview... thanks QT and Tarun...
Comment by raja iresh on June 2, 2011 at 10:52am

It was  very nice...


Comment by Vaidehi Sureshbhai Patel on March 4, 2011 at 3:14am
Great...All the best..
Comment by siva prasad on January 28, 2011 at 1:22pm
came to know few unknown things from this interview.. its a nice one..
Comment by Sumit on January 21, 2011 at 4:43pm
very good ..All The Best
Comment by Raja Sekhar Pavuluri on January 19, 2011 at 6:41pm
Good one
Comment by Jewel Saha on January 16, 2011 at 2:33pm
Thanx a ton bro.
Comment by Gurjeet singh on January 15, 2011 at 8:42pm
Thanks a lot tarun :)
Comment by Shaik on January 11, 2011 at 11:42am
Really Good Interview..
and such a confidential answers u hav given..
really it'll help me a lot in interviews..
Thank you very much
Comment by Debasmita Das on January 10, 2011 at 10:28pm

Hi Tarun,

It's really nice to read your interview over QTP which will be helpful to all.

All the best for your future..



Comment by rajkumar on January 10, 2011 at 3:14pm

hai tarun,i am learning qtb please help me i have a query how we fix bitmap image?

help me

Comment by Asandeen.Shariff on January 7, 2011 at 3:20pm

Thanks sharing your precious comments & knowledge


Comment by Sri Vidhya on January 6, 2011 at 2:15pm

Good Interview and Good Thoughts.


Thanks QT Team

Comment by Manish Birthariya on January 6, 2011 at 12:28pm

Parts covered in discussion was very helpful.

KnowledgeInbox is also very helpful site for QTP learner

I wish to be a part of such activity.


Comment by megha birajdar on January 5, 2011 at 8:31pm
This information is very helpful for us.

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