The increased demand for testing and automation is trending in our software testing industry. If one heads to check any software or application testing communities, they will learn that that software testers’ insistence on the use of various tools can help in their day-to-day testing activities, be it for any kind of testing—desktop, web, browser, regression, web services and API, or any.
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 automated testing suite that is open source and free. It is meant to test web applications across a spectrum of browsers and platforms. Selenium shares many similarities with HP Quick Test Pro. However, Selenium aims at automating web apps.
It is not a, however, a single tool. It is a suite of multiple software, each of which caters to distinct testing need. Selenium forms support for a few of the largest and renowned browser vendors who very like to ensure to keep Selenium as an integral native part of the 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. One can install it either as a browser extension or even as a desktop app on Windows, Mac, and Linux. In fact, Postman is an environment for developing and testing APIs.
Some highlights of the tool are a wide-ranging set of features that aid in design, documentation, debugging, testing and publishing of APIs with a tester-friendly and easily operable UI. It supports both API formats, Swagger and RAML. 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
Need help with your next big idea?