All About Shared Object Repository in QTP

This tutorial explains Shared Object Repository in detail

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Summary:

  • Global or Shared Object  Repository is preferable when application is dynamic and object description change frequently
  • Between Shared and local object repository , shared object repository is more commonly used in automation projects
  • But it has maintenance and administration overheads as compared to local object repository.

To create and use a shared object repository you need to perform three broad steps

  • Creating a Shared Object Repository
  • Associating a Shared Object Repository
  • Editing a Shared Object Repository

Lets look at them one at a time

1) Creating a Shared Object Repository

  • All repositories are local by default .  To create a Shared Object Repository, in the Object Repository Dialog Box  , Click File > Export Local Objects
  • Repository files have an extension .tsr .Give a suitable name say "guru99" and save
  • The Shared Repository File is now created

2)Associating a Shared Object Repository

  • Next step is to associate the repository to your test, which enables you to use it
  • To associate repository with a test, Click Resources > Associate Repository
  • You can select the Repository to associate with Actions available in your test.
  • Now you  can now use this shared repository to develop your test

3) Editing a Shared Object Repository

  • You can use the Object Repository Manager to Edit a Share Repository.
  • Select Resources > Object Repository Manager .Open the Object Repository we created "guru99"
  • By Default , Repository is opened in Read-only mode. To enable editing click File > Enable Editing
  • Once editing is enabled you can all the operations like cut , copy , pate , rename objects etc that you can also do in Object Repository
  • Using  Object Repository Manager  is you can compare two Object Repositories .QTP will give you a static's of what's unique and common in both the repositories
  • You can use the Object repository merge tool to merge two repositories into one
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