10 Best Tools for Test Automation


Written by  Shreya Jain | 09 June 2011
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Test automation is a process of writing a computer program to do testing that would otherwise need to be done manually. Once tests have been automated, they can be run quickly and repeatedly. This is often the most cost effective method for software products that have a long maintenance life, because even minor patches over the lifetime of the application can potentially cause working functionality (at an earlier point in time) to break.

 

 

TELERIK TESTSTUDIO

webui test studio

Telerik TestStudio is an all in one testing software for functional, load, performance and mobile app testing. The in-depth functional testing includes native web and desktop apps testing along with mobile and tablet apps, HTML5, AJAX, Silverlight and WPF apps testing. Additionally testing teams can rely on the product to test JavaScript calls, Telerik controls, dynamic page synchronization, client-side behaviors, UI virtualizations and XAML animations.

 




QTP

qtp



HP-QuickTest Professional
software provides functional and regression test automation for software applications and environments. HP QuickTest Professional supports keyword and scripting interfaces and features a graphical user interface. Its features are:  a cascaded optimization system, the industry's deepest and broadest insight into IT-controlled assets, and a secure, comprehensive, operational environment for a hybrid world, enhanced expert view, business process testing, screen recorder etc.







Watir


watir

 

Watir, pronounced water, is an open-source (BSD) family of ruby libraries for automating web browsers. It allows you to write tests that are easy to read and maintain. It is simple and flexible. It clicks links, fills in forms, and presses buttons. Watir also checks results, such as whether expected text appears on the page. Its features are: to connect to databases, read data files and spreadsheets, export XML, and structure your code as reusable libraries etc.









TOSCA Testsuite


tosca test suite

TOSCA Testsuite is a software tool for the automated execution of functional and regression software testing. In addition to test automation functions, it includes integrated test management, a graphical user interface (GUI), a command line interface (CLI) and an application programming interface (API), generation of dynamic, synthetic test data, highly automated business dynamic steering of test case generation and the unified handling and executing of manual and automated as well as GUI and non-GUI tests etc.






Selenium


selenium


Selenium is a portable software testing framework for web applications. Selenium provides a record/playback tool for authoring tests without learning a test scripting language. It includes features like record and playback, intelligent field selection, Xpath as needed, auto complete for all common selenium commands, walk through tests, debug and set breakpoints, ruby scripts, or other formats, support for selenium user-extensions file, option to automatically assert the title of every page etc.












VISUAL STUDIO TEST PROFESSIONALvisual studio test professional

Visual Studio Test Professional is an integrated testing toolset developed by Microsoft that delivers a complete plan-test-track workflow for in-context collaboration between testers and developers, in order to increase testers’ visibility to the overall project. Its features are file actionable bugs, manual testing, re-use manual test recordings, team foundation server, application lifecycle management etc. Whilst rich in features, it is an observation that testing professionals may get overwhelmed and intimidated due to abundance of menu items in the software that have no relevance to them.







RATIONAL FUNCTIONAL TESTER


ration functional tester

Rational Functional Tester is an automated functional testing and regression testing tool. Provides testers with automated testing capabilities for functional testing, regression testing, and GUI testing and data-driven testing. It’s features are: simplify test creation and visualization with storyboard testing, provides lifecycle traceability, validate dynamic data with dynamic data validation wizard, streamline automation with keyword testing, proxy SDK, test script version control for parallel development, etc.








TESTCOMPLETE

testcomplete


TestComplete is an automated testing tool that lets you create, manage and run tests for any windows, web or rich client software. It makes it easy for anyone to create automated tests. Some features are open APIs, easy extensibility, tons of documentation, scripted testing for total flexibility, windows and web testing, application support etc. It is an easy to use, all-in-one package that lets anyone start automating tests in minutes with no special skills. It has a low price, powerful features and impressive support resources.


 

 





TESTPARTNER
testpartner

Testpartner is an automated test tool that accelerates functional testing and facilitates the delivery of business-critical applications. Testpartner works via a tiered approach to testing that enables developers, quality experts and non-technical application users to collaborate and test more in the time available. Its features are: visual storyboard oriented approach, automated regression testing, automatic, object-oriented script generation, integrates with VBA etc. TestPartner encourages collaboration between developers, quality experts, and non-technical application users throughout the software development lifecycle, so more testing can be achieved in the available time.






SOA TEST

soatest

Parasoft SOAtest automates web application testing, message/protocol testing, cloud testing and security testing. Parasoft SOAtest and Parasoft load test (packaged together) ensure secure, reliable, compliant business processes and seamlessly integrate with Parasoft language products (e.g., Parasoft Jtest) to help teams prevent and detect application-layer defects from the start of the SDLC. Some features are client/server emulation, multi-layer verification, test case organization, regression testing, automatic test case generation, coding standard enforcement, soap -based enterprise system which operates as both the soap client and the soap server. This allows for early module testing of the applications.









TESTDRIVE

testcomplete
TestDrive is a full-featured automated testing solution designed to test GUI and browser applications "out-of-the-box". Significant reductions in timescales and advanced levels of quality can be achieved without the complexity of traditional testing tools. TestDrive integrates with all the other elements of our solution suite so that tests can be run from within Qualify, scripts can be built automatically from manual test results within  TestDrive-Assist, and effects in the database can be simultaneously  verified in TestBench.











Change Log:
1. Added TestDrive to the automation tools listing on 13th June, 2011.

Shreya Jain

Shreya Jain

Shreya is an aspiring student and comes with an interest in Jouranlism on Software Tools and Technologies. She writes for us on a regular basis within our Testing blog and Tools lists. 

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