The increased demand for testing and automation is trending in our software testing industry. If you check out any software or application testing communities, you will find software testers urging for various tools that can be helpful in their day to day testing activities, whether it is for desktop testing, web testing, browser testing, regression testing, web services and API testing, and many more.
Needless to say that every solution needs to fit the context of the problem statement and there are various types of testing for each use-case and technology stack used.
However, there are few tools that continue to trend in the industry because of how robust they are and how many use-cases they can support. Here is our list of tools we keep going back to:
Selenium is a free (open source) automated testing suite for web applications across different browsers and platforms. It is quite similar to HP Quick Test Pro (QTP now UFT) only that Selenium focuses on automating web-based applications. Testing done using Selenium tool is usually referred to as Selenium Testing.
Selenium is not just a single tool but a suite of software’s, each catering to different testing needs of an organization and supports some of the largest, yet well-known browser vendors who make sure they have Selenium as a native part of their browser. Selenium is undoubtedly the base for most of the other software testing tools in general.
Appium is an automation tool for running scripts and testing native applications and mobile-web applications on android or iOS using a web driver. Support for continuous integration is also available for many tools which helps it fit in your DevOps workflow seamlessly. Also, it doesn’t require access to your source code or library. You are actually testing what you will actually ship.
SoapUI is not a test automation tool for Web or mobile app testing; but it can be a tool of choice to test API and services. It is a headless functional testing tool specifically designed for API testing.
SoapUI supports both REST and SOAP services. API automation testers can use either the open-source or pro version. Its functionality covers web service inspection, invoking, development, simulation and mocking, functional testing, load and compliance testing.
Postman is an old friend when it comes to API testing. It can be installed as a browser extension or a desktop application on Mac, Linux, Windows. It is, in fact, a development environment to develop and test APIs.
Some highlights of the tool are a comprehensive feature set for designing, debugging, testing, documenting, and publishing APIs with a friendly and easy-to-use UI. It supports both Swagger and RAML API formats and requests and respondents can be packaged and shared with team members
JMeter is an open-source tool designed for test loading and performance measurement — two features of which JMeter is known. It is often used as a part of CI and DevOps toolchains since it supports integration with CI tools such as Jenkins you can also set values for API parameters and pass them through a CSV
As per a SURVEY, JMeter is the third most popular tool with Selenium being the top tool with 84% of users.
There are many tools in the market to address your problem statements. However, we have found that the above tools are powerful enough to help us through our testing workloads. Did you ever have to stop using these tools and looked for alternates for your problem statement? Feel free to drop us a comment, we would love to know your experiences
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