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Reporting Defects Detected During a Test Run

Locating and repairing software defects efficiently is essential to the development process. Software developers, testers, and end users in all stages of the testing process can detect defects and add them to the defects project. Using the Mercury Quality Center Add Defect dialog box, you can report design flaws in your application, and track data derived from defect reports.

For example, suppose you are testing a flight reservation application. You discover that errors occur when you try to order an airline ticket. You can open and report the defect. This includes a summary and detailed description of the defect, where it was discovered, and if you are able to reproduce it. The report can also include screen captures, Web pages, text documents, and other files relevant to understanding and repairing the problem.

If a test run detects a defect in the application under test, you can report it directly from your Test Results window (when connected to a Quality Center project).

When you report a bug from the Test Results window, basic information about the test and the selected checkpoint (if applicable) is automatically included in the bug description. (The Add Defect option is supported only when working with Quality Center.)

Using the Add Defect Dialog Box

The Add Defect dialog box is a defect tracking component of Quality Center, Mercury's Web-based test management tool. You can report application defects directly to a Quality Center project. You can then track defects until the application's developers and software testers determine that they are resolved.

Setting Up the Add Defect Dialog Box

Before you can launch the Add Defect dialog box, you must ensure that Quality Center is installed and that WinRunner is connected to a Quality Center server and project. The connection process has two stages. First, you connect WinRunner to the server. This server handles the connections between WinRunner and the Quality Center project. Next, you choose the project you want WinRunner to access. The project stores tests, test run information, and defects information for the application you are testing. For more information on connecting WinRunner to Quality Center, see Connecting to Quality Center from the Test Results Window.

For more information on installing Quality Center, refer to the Mercury Quality Center Installation Guide.


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