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HP announced end of life for WinRunner® a couple of years ago.  By this time, most people have migrated over to QuickTest® Professional instead.  Since TDS 3 is a total rewrite of the underlying application code, we have decided that WinRunner® support will not be part of that effort.  It simply does not make sense to spend resources on a product that HP no longer supports.

We hate to see WinRunner® go.  I personally began my automation career with WinRunner® 6.0, so it closing a chapter in my working life.  Even so, I fully understand and support HP’s decision to push a single functional testing tool, and QTP was the clear choice between the two.

Is lack of WinRunner® support going to impact you?  If so, sound off in the comments.  It’s possible we could still add basic support for opening WinRunner® scripts and TSL syntax highlighting, but advanced language support (like IntelliSense®, syntax checking, etc.), would not be available.

The ‘Start Page’ for Test Design Studio includes the ability to display an RSS feed of relevant information.  By default, this feed is based on our general Test Design Studio news feed located here:

http://www.patterson-consulting.net/test_design_studio.xml

You have always had the ability to change this to any RSS feed you like.  If you want to follow new blog entries, you could change your RSS feed to that of our blog, which is:

http://www.patterson-consulting.net/cms/rss?containerid=8

To do so, select ‘Tools –> Options’ from the main menu.  On the ‘Options’ dialog, navigate to ‘Environment –> Startup’ to see the options for the startup page.  Enter the above URL for the RSS feed and Test Design Studio will change to the new feed.

start_page

Click ‘OK’ and the start page will be updated.

NOTE: The content available from the Blog RSS feed is more feature rich than the standard news feed, and the extra formatting will not all be processed for display on the Start Page.  Even so, you can easily grab the headlines and view the basic content before clicking the URL to jump to the full page.

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.