UFT/QTP – Error Handling

There are several ways to handling errors in QTP. There are three possible kinds of error type one would encounter while working with QTP.

  • Syntax Errors
  • Logical Errors
  • Run Time Errors

Syntax Errors

Syntax errors are the typos or a piece of the code that does not confirm with the VBScript language grammar. Syntax errors occur at the time of compilation of code and cannot be executed until the errors are fixed. To verify the syntax one use the keyboard shortcut as Ctrl+F7 and the result is displayed as shown below. If the window is NOT displayed one can navigate to “View > Errors”.

QTP Errors Menu

Logical Errors

Logical error usually does not interrupt the execution but produces incorrect results. Logical errors could occur due to variety of reasons, like- wrong assumptions or misunderstanding of the requirement and sometimes incorrect program logics or Infinite Loops.

One of the ways to detect a logical error is to perform peer reviews and also verifying the QTP output file/result file to ensure the tool has performed what it has intended to do.

Run Time Errors

Run time errors happens during Run Time. The reason for such kind of errors is that the script trying to perform something but it is unable to do so and the script usually stops as it is unable to continue with the execution.

Some examples for Run Time Errors are,

  • File NOT found but the script trying to read the file.
  • Object NOT found but script is trying to act on that particular object.
  • Dividing a number by Zero.
  • Array Index out of bounds while accessing array elements.

Handling Run-Time Errors:

There are various ways to handle errors in the code.

  1. Using Test Settings – Error handling can be defined the Test Settings by Navigating to “File > Settings > Run” Tab as shown below. We can select any of the specified settings and click “OK”.
    QTP File Setting Errors
  2. Using On Error Statement – On Error statement is used to notify the VBScript engine of intentions to handle the run-time errors by tester, rather than allowing the VBScript engine to display error messages that are not user friendly.
    On Error Resume Next – On Error Resume Next informs the VBScript engine to process executing the next line of code when an error is encountered.
    On error Go to 0 – This helps the testers to turn off the error handling.
  3. Using Err Object – Error object is an inbuilt object within VBScript that captures the run time error number and error description with which we will be able to debug the code easily.
    Err.Number – The Number property returns or Sets a numeric value specifying an error. If Err.Number value is 0 then No error had occurred.
    Err.Description – The Description property returns or sets a brief description about an error.
    Err.Clear – The Clear method resets the Err object and clears all the previous values associated with it.
    Example –
    ‘Call  the function to Add two Numbers
    Call Addition(number1,number2)Function Addition(a,b)On error resume next
    If NOT IsNumeric(a) or IsNumeric(b) Then
    Print “Error number is  ” &  err.number & ” and description is : ” &  err.description
    Exit Function
    End IfAddition = a+b

    ‘disables error handling
    On Error Goto 0

    End function

  4. Using Exit Statement – Exit Statements can be used along with Err object to exit from a test or action or iteration based on the Err.Number value.
    Let us see each one of those Exit statements in detail.
    ExitTest – Exits from the entire QTP test no matter what the run-time iteration settings are.
    ExitAction – Exits the current action.
    ExitActionIteration – Exits the current iteration of the action.
    ExitTestIteration – Exits the current iteration of the QTP test and proceeds to the next iteration.
  5. Reporter Object – Reporter Object helps us to report an event to the run results. It helps us to identify if the concerned action/step is pass/fail.
    Syntax: Reporter.ReportEventEventStatus, ReportStepName, Details, [ImageFilePath]Example
    Reporter.ReportEvent micFail, “Login”, “User is unable to Login.”
  6. Recovery Scenarios – When executing scripts we may get some Unexpected errors. To recover the test and continue running script from these unexpected errors we use Recovery Scenarios. We will discuss in detail in a separate chapter.

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