HP Quality Center - Free download and software reviews - CNET Download.com

HP Quality Center

CNET Editors' note: The Download Now link will direct you to a form on the developer's site that you must fill out before download. Contact the developer for pricing information.

Publisher's Description

More Products to Consider

  • DownloadX ActiveX D...
    Download files faster and safer with your Web and Windows appli...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • HP QuickTest Profes...
    Automate functional testing of every major enterprise environme...

    This download is served from an external site

    close

    NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

    Continue to download

    Sponsored Products

    Visit Site
  • HxD Hex Editor
    Inspect and edit any file, main memory, or disk/disk image.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Java Development Ki...
    Compile, debug, and run Java applications on your computer.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Microsoft .NET Fram...
    Build and run the next generation of applications and XML Web s...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Adit Testdesk
    Replace paper exams with fully automated computer-based testing...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • EditPlus
    Edit plain text files, HTML documents, PHP, and Java code.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Araxis Ketura
    Manage your time, employees, projects, and customer requests.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • CleverTrack
    Get a tool for test management.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Orwell Dev-C++
    Compile C/C++ code for free.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Rtime
    Plan, track, and analyze your business progect.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Notepad++
    Edit several programming languages running under the MS windows...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • s2 (s~quad) Small B...
    Define your staffing need and perform employee scheduling.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Java Development Ki...
    Compile, debug, and run Java applications on your computer.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Trivia Quiz Shell
    Make and customize quizzes to test your students.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Microsoft Visual St...
    Write better-quality code, reduce security-related issues, and ...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • DeltaProd
    Manage all elements of Project Monitoring in a single tool.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Hex Workshop
    Hex edit, cut, copy, paste, insert, fill, and delete binary dat...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Vienna 2
    Perform user acceptance testing as well as general training and...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Test Generator
    Simplify your test-generating process.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • XAMPP
    Create and develop your own applications using Web server techn...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Extended TestPlan
    Ease all of the tasks involved in test planning.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • INDIGO
    Automate the process of testing and processing.
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
  • Pass
    Control the movement and storage of materials within a warehous...
    Download

    Installed

    Smart Install
All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    1.8 stars

    out of 16 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 10
  • Current version:

    1.0 stars

    out of 2 votes

    • 5 star: 0
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 2
  • My rating:

    0 stars

    Write review

Results 1-2 of 2

  • 1.0 stars

    "terrible software!"

    January 22, 2014  |   By timoteoalpha1

    Version: HP Quality Center 11.5

    Pros

    in theory, a good way to organize, manage, and run your Quick Test Pro (QTP) scripts.

    Cons

    buggy, quirky, unreliable, files stored in "repository" are nothing more than a disk directory, database used to manage files in disk directories is not transparent or documented, database gets screwed up from time to time requiring HP to fix.

    Summary

    We have used Quality Center (QC) with Quick Test Pro (both are version 10) for four or five years now.

    HP presents Quality Center as a source control system for your Quick Test Pro scripts. It is allegedly designed to manage and execute Quick Test Pro scripts.

    The Quality Center "repository" consists of a SQL database containing undocumented tables. These tables define the relationship between tests and test sets. The tests are not stored in a database, though, and so there is no rollback if Quality Center or QTP has problems, clean-up is manual and depends on your knowledge of the disk directory structure and the database layout and table relationships. We have learned the disk folder layout and some of the database table relationships from HP when we've had serious problems with Quality Center.

    We have seen again and again corruptions of the database used by QC to manage the disk files and have had to hack the database (with HP's help) to fix the problems. Sometimes QC just gets "confused" and screws up a check-in or check-out, leaving your with tests that can neither be checked out nor checked in. Tests that you know exist on disk cannot be opened in QTP because QC and QTP have screwed up the disk directory that contains the test folders and files.

    QC crashes frequently for seemingly no reason. I was testing last week and QC crashed on me five times in one day. My teammates had similar problems. We never did find out why it was crashing.

    Since the "repository" files are not managed by a database, there is no secure transaction to check files in or out of the repository. If they were in a SQL database, if an error occurred during check-in or check-out SQL would rollback the transaction and the failed transaction would cause no problems. That is not the case with QC's folder- and file- based "repository" system. There is a check-in/check-out history. This consists of a history directory on disk which contains every copy of every file ever checked into QC. It doesn't save deltas like many other source management programs - it saves the entire file each time, so the history takes up vast amounts of disk space. The history directory, like the test directory is unprotected so anyone with access to the server has the potential to do damage, even if unintentional. Sometimes to fix a problem with QC, we have had to go into the disk file directories and manipulate files and directories to get things working again (under the direction of HP at first).

    QC does not have an adequate backup built into it. It can do a backup of your project, assuming it doesn't exceed something like 5GB in size. QC tells you that if your project exceeds that size, the backup may not succeed. So we backup the QC database and all of the disk files regularly via MS SQL backup and file copy to backup disks. QC is also very inefficient and slow (as it QTP). In order to manage our thousand or so tests it is using around 25GB of disk space. Of that space, the "history" and "test" directories together contain around a million files with an average size of ~15k each. with a 4k block size on our NTFS disk, the average file is only 4 disk blocks. So it has many, many very small files it has to manage, meaning it is a monster for time spent on disk I/O.

    QC also provides you no way to run tests or sets of tests at a specified time. The only answer I found on the internet was a VBScript program that uses the QC API to run test sets. This script is built into an exe file that we run via the Windows scheduler. So now you need a programmer familiar with coding against an API and you need the QC API documentation, and a lot of time to figure out how this test works. So, if you want to run your tests on a nightly schedule, better find this code, modify it for your project and installation, then run it via the Windows scheduler on a regular basis.

    Would you use a tool that sometimes screws up your repository, screws up its own database, and crashes frequently for no apparent reason?

    we have over 1,000 QTP tests stored in QC. They are stored in 315,000+ directories and subdirectories, and this includes about a quarter of a milion disk files as well. Our history directory adds another 16GB of disk space plus another 600,000+ disk files in

    Finally, if you use QC you had better sign up for tech support from HP or another provider. Support cost in the neighborhood of $1500 a year. If you suspend the support contract for a year or two because of financial issues, or maybe your organization is not going to be using QC for a few years, or you decide to see how well you can get along without QC support, there is a penalty PLUS you have to pay for every year of support you missed. If you miss two years of support then decide you need it after all, you have to pay the $1500 fee for each of the two years you missed, plus $1500 for the current year, plus a penalty from HP. That amounts to around $5000 to renew after missing two years. Try selling that up the corporate ladder!

    This tool is not only unreliable, it is dangerous to your automated tests because over time it screws up its own database and the disk file structure it uses. I am still fighting with this today and I know most of the "tricks" needed(from experience and from working with HP on problems) to keep QC and its "repository" working. Just when we think we're moved past all the problems (we have had MANY), we run into something new. I am very concerned that sooner or later we are going to end up with a database and disk structure so screwed up that our tests will no longer run. So we are moving to Selnium which is open-source, and costs nothing. There are several commonly used, open-source source code management systems (we use one in our development here) that provide better, safer, more reliable use than Quality Center.

    Highly NOT RECOMMENDED!!

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (1) (0)

  • 1.0 stars

    "The worst software I've ever used"

    October 29, 2013  |   By mattdarwin

    Version: HP Quality Center 11.5

    Pros

    There are none. This software is simply awful and I would urge anyone considering it to use a web-based open-source alternative.

    Cons

    1. requires windows - I have to have a VM just for my ticketing tool
    2. Slow
    3. Buggy

    And here's the worst - it's incredibly tightly coupled between the client and the server. They upgraded the server version from 10 to 11, and I can't log in any more. I'm actually having to edit the registry in order to try and make it work.

    Summary

    We use this tool for managing defects and testing in our environments. It's absolutely awful and we all hate it.

    And another thing - you will see two good reviews here, but look closer. One of the users is called 'qualitymercury', and both of them have only ever written one review.

    Reply to this review

    Was this review helpful? (0) (0)

Results 1-2 of 2

Add Your Review

Log in or create an account to post a review.
You are logged in as . Please submit your review for HP Quality Center 11.5
Add Your Review

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

Submit your reply

Submit

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

cancel

E-mail this review

Submit cancel

Report offensive content

If you believe this comment is offensive or violates the CNET's Site Terms of Use, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the comment). Once reported, our staff will be notified and the comment will be reviewed.

Select type of offense:

Offensive: Sexually explicit or offensive language
Spam: Advertisements or commercial links
Disruptive posting: Flaming or offending other users
Illegal activities: Promote cracked software, or other illegal content
Submit cancel

See more CNET content tagged:

HP

Previous Versions:

Error

close

ERROR MESSAGE

If you think this is an error, please contact CNET TechTracker Support for further assistance.

Ok

Running Request

close

loading

Smart Install Software

close

CNET TechTracker will now automatically install software without requiring further action by you. (Note: This feature automatically accepts associated EULAs and third party applications on your behalf.)

You have selected the following software to Smart Install:

CNET TechTracker will attempt to install this software without interrupting you again. If an application requires manual installation, CNET TechTracker will download the installer and prompt you to take further action.

Proceed with Smart Install?

Confirm Standard Install Cancel

Submit a problem report for HP Quality Center

close

Please describe the problem you have with this software. This information will be sent to our editors for review.

Problem:

The CNET Installer isn't working as expected

The download link does not work

The software has a newer version

The software contains malware

Other

Description:

Please select a feedback type.

Please enter a description.

Submit Problem Report

Problem Report submitted

close

Thank you for submitting a problem report! The Download team is committed to providing you with accurate software information.

OK

This download is served from an external site

close

NOTICE: This link will open a connection to a third-party site. CNET cannot ensure the security of software that is hosted on external sites.

Continue to download

Sponsored Products

HP Quality Center