Automated testing is the future of software testing. The introduction of Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment have added a lot of importance to automated testing since both aim to minimize the time to market of the product and its features. Manual testing has not yet vanished completely, but it is going to. With various tools popping up every day, it’s easy now to test and deliver your software with speed.
The question is when to choose the automated testing.
According to John Overbaugh, a senior SDET lead at Microsoft, "It only makes sense to use automated testing tools when the costs of acquiring the tool and building and maintaining the tests are less than the efficiency gained from the effort."
Additionally, you can use automated testing when you are embracing DevOps in your organization, if you have frequent regression testing iterations, if you have a microservices architecture, and if you're working on an exceptionally large project.
That all being said, there are lots of automated testing tools to choose from. Here are seven that you should keep an eye on in 2017.
The Selenium framework is the best choice for web test automation teams testing responsive web design or stand-alone websites. It consists of tools such as Selenium IDE, Selenium Remote Control, and Selenium Grid to test the web application. Selenium IDE is an integrated development environment for Selenium scripts.
Watir is a very flexible tool that makes it is easy to write and maintain test cases. Watir is based on Ruby language that allows you to connect to databases, read data files and spreadsheets, export XML, and structure your code as reusable libraries.
WAPT is a load and stress testing tool that lets you easily analyze the performance of your website. It can be a mobile application, a web service, or a customized ERP system. Web solutions of all sizes and technologies can be tested with WAPT just fine.
4. Apache JMeter
Apache JMeter is an open-source load testing tool, written in Java 6+ and supports all platforms. It analyses overall performance under different load on a server, group of servers & network place.
5. The Grinder
The Grinder is a JavaTM load testing framework that makes it easy to run a distributed test using many load injector machines. It is freely available under a BSD-style open-source license.
Pylot is a free and easy-to-use tool for load testing web applications. Despite the small size of the distribution, it has rich functionality that can be expanded thanks to open-source code.
Easy to use, Qtest integrates into the entire application development and quality control cycle. Operating anomalies are identified and analyzed to allow for immediate correction. Any bottlenecks are eliminated. Qtest allows the testing of a range of project types, including those based on J2EE, Net, SAP, Siebel, Web Services.