Is T-Plan Robot Enterprise a good choice for me?
The most important factor to realize is that since the tool is able to test anything on the graphical desktop,
it will suffice for almost any
black box GUI testing. Whether you test a GUI application, web
application or a system component, the tool will work fine; it will
just never provide the same level of features as an object oriented
tool focusing on one particular application technology.
T-Plan Robot Enterprise performs very
well and is often one of the very few solutions in these
T-Plan Robot Enterprise is also suitable
- Testing of a mixture of
technologies. Do you need to test CLI, GUI and/or a web
interface in one go? Does your application contain a technology or a
feature which is not supported by other test tools? T-Plan Robot
Enterprise is very likely to help you with it.
- Testing on less common
platforms. Whether your system under test runs Solaris, Linux,
HP-UX or any other less frequent desktop OS, we support it as long as
there's a VNC server for that platform.
- Cross-platform testing.
Do you need to connect to and automate on different platforms inside a
single script? Would you like to design test scripts which would run
across different systems? T-Plan Robot can do it - an individual
component can be represented by an image collection rather than one
single image and platform-dependent pieces of code (routines) may be
implemented through libraries separately from the main test script.
- Testing with images
involved. Does your application display images or objects which
are not recognized by the GUI component hierarchy in object oriented
tools? Remember it's not a problem for T-Plan Robot.
- Non-invasive testing
is required. There are projects which require no installation of
party components on the tested system to eliminate any environment
risks. As remote desktop technologies are in many cases supported
natively by the OS, T-Plan Robot Enterprise is a good candidate. For
example, on Linux you may enable VNC access to your default OS desktop.
Mac OS on the other hand provides connection through ARD (Apple Remote
Desktop) which is compatible with VNC.
T-Plan Robot Enterprise should not be
- Fast automation is
needed (shorter test cycle). As you don't have to deal with the
underlying technology and the application GUI structure, creation of
automated test scripts is generally simpler and faster than with object
- There's a lack of skilled
QA staff. As the tool is easy lo learn and understand, it may be
operated by a person with very limited programming background.
- Extensive verification
means are not required. A good example is localization (l10n)
testing where the typical goal is to execute one or more test scripts
against a single program and multiple language packs in order to
produce a set of screen shots of the localized product. These may be
later on sent to language experts to verify the translation quality. In
such a case one doesn't really need the GUI component hierarchy to be
- The budget is limited.
T-Plan Robot Enterprise is still a cheap solution compared to other
tools and if you can even live with the free open source version, you
don't have to pay a dime.
- Full access to the GUI
component tree is necessary. If you need to query and test
hidden properties of GUI components, it is more appropriate to use an
object oriented tool focusing on the particular programming platform.
- Platform specific services
are required. Since T-Plan Robot abstracts from the application
technology, it will not allow you to exploit features of the
underlying application platform.
- Extra features such
as file transfer or custom authentication scheme are needed. We can in
general implement custom requirements but it takes time. Make sure to
understand what T-Plan Robot can and can not do before you make the
final decision and get in touch with our support when you need help.