Why Choosing Open Source Testing for Your Business Makes Sense?

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Open Source Software is no NEWS story for the tech world. Thanks to the much-needed attention over the Internet, Open Source Innovation has been trending and driving the required attention. In the 1980s, a global community of programmers and developers created free software and shared insights to learn and gain from mutual exchange of knowledge on the subject.

During 1970s – 1980s, Open Source moved towards commercialization and volumes got written on the topic. The Open Source Initiative (OSI) came up in 1998 that proved to be an encouraging force. It has been reported that almost 98% of enterprise-level companies are using Open Source to address various software related issues.

Interestingly, government bodies performing critical operations are encouraging the use of Open Source software. For instance, the US Department of Homeland Security relies on Open Source to help detect bugs.

Emerging trends in Open Innovation

But hey, the reasons for increasing adoption of Open Source goes way beyond the mere fact that it is almost free. Businesses are experiencing benefits on all fronts, specifically in terms of ROI. The benefits are being recognized across a wide spectrum of businesses, where software innovation refers to research and development initiatives, involving intellectual capital, physical products, and inventive approaches in software production.

The OSI was brought into picture by Eric Raymond and Bruce Perenes in February 1998 with the objective to provide education and support for the Open Source label and further defined the term. OSI has been a major proponent of Open Source movement. (source: Wikipedia).

In an open development environment, businesses experience competitive advantage and continue to remain aggressive in utilizing resources that are easily accessible for continuous development and product enhancement. There is a growing instability in the marketplace and overall product/service lifecycle. Enterprises are required to remain resilient and adaptable to change, which can actually enable market-readiness.

Referring to the overall Open Source Database Management Systems (OSDBMSs) market, Gartner estimates, “By 2018, more than 70% of new in-house applications will be developed on an OSDBMS, and 50% of existing relational DBMS instances will have been converted or will be in process.”

While some hard-core Analyst reports are yet to emerge for effective statistical focus on the Open Source market, it is quite interesting to witness the overall market trends.

According to Eric Raymond, an acclaimed American software developer and advocate of Open-source software, “Open source software is a big win for businesses, which are saving billions and passing that savings along to customers . . . The open source movement is advancing because of feature-rich, high quality, reliable software with compelling economic benefits.

This definitely sets the essence of Open Source and its growing acceptance across enterprises and industries.

Is the world telling you to trust Open Source?

Economics, ease of adoption, consistent upgrade, active and vibrant community support, active development, open development platform, and many more of these benefits are being spoken about for Open Source software/tools.

But why trust a tool/software that is under surveillance, and most of the times at the mercy of so many developers and testers? For businesses, the most apparent question is, will it be good enough for enterprise-level applications?

These arguments take a back seat and eventually die, when there are success stories like RedHat to talk about and mega successful social players like Facebook and Google to cite.

Apart from the price tag, it’s the flexibility, scalability, and the ‘people’ factor that changes the entire perspective and sets the right tone for the argument. When top coders come together and solve an issue for a larger audience, things change and the benefits become obvious.

The year 2016 saw a lot of forums and conferences around Open Innovation – The Paris Open Source Summit, Open Source Monitoring Conference in Berlin, Seattle GNU/Linux Conference, and OpenStack Summit in Barcelona are some select few. While these Summits have been happening for few years now, there is a fresh rush of excitement and curiosity seen around Open Source innovation.

Some interesting conferences coming up in 2017 are FOSDEM 2017 – Brussels (Belgium), SCALE 15x – Pasadena (United States), Flink Forward San Francisco 2017 (United States), Berlin Buzzwords 2017 (Germany), and Open Innovation Summit London 2017.

These are just few names, but the point to take back home is – a lot of discussion is happening not just amongst the technical folks, but also amongst enterprises and experts on how to improvise these open platforms and trigger further growth and innovation.

Why use Free and Open Source Software (FOSS)

As mentioned earlier, the benefits of FOSS are more compelling than just the $ aspect.

Accuracy

Open source development involves many developers and a huge community that is constantly upgrading the system. This helps cut down the errors faster and brings accuracy in the overall process. Additionally, it is well-tested and tried for larger applications, leading to more experiential perspectives.

Bugs also tend to get fixed quickly, as there are various ways and processes tried to get the results and solve issues. Successful practices are shared with all for further exploration.

Self-development

Open source software is made with the user in perspective, so it gets very much closer to what they would want and can make. So, it is not associated to a vendor but brings into view what a user and developer would make.

Surveys suggest that Open Source is considered more technically superior and is the primary reason why enterprises are choosing it.

Customized

Another prominent reason for businesses choosing Open Source software is that it can be customized to suit the needs. Open code requires modifications for adding functionality. These modifications lead to learnings, testing, and upgrades.

Accessibility

When Open Source is chosen above licensed testing vendors, it is a business decision to move away from vendor lock-in and packages that are cost-driven. This releases you from the mercy of vendors, requirements, training, dictates, pricing, timetable, and any confining factor that takes you away from easy deployment and changes.

In a way, users/enterprises can take charge and take their own decisions on the software development aspects and decide on various features/functionalities that can be added and tested.

Flexibility

If you are using a propriety software such as Microsoft Windows, you will gather what this benefit has to offer to you. It’s like walking on a treadmill with no freedom to explore in the woods and follow the trail.

Open Source gives that kind of flexibility and helps you add features as required and as per your fancies. Typically, Open source is less resource-intensive, so it can be executed on a legacy system as well. So, you are the decision maker, not the vendor for any change with your product.

Interoperability

When compared to proprietary software, Open Source software complies well with open standards. If interoperability is your objective, across businesses, systems and users then Open Source is an option that doesn’t confine you to proprietary data formats.

While choosing a proprietary tool or licensed product, you may only consider feedback from the vendor. When you decide to go with Open Source, you have an entire bunch of developers and testers to validate the claim that the tool makes.

Support system

Open source tools are normally almost free and so the support is provided by active and vibrant communities for each aspect of software. In order to bring in the aspect of support, these online communities provide required documentation, discussion forums, mailing addresses, newsgroups, wikis, etc. Extra support is offered by some paid options as well at a cost that is way below than what a proprietary tool would offer.

Cost Vs ROI

Licensed tools suck the big bucks out of your pockets with expenses like Virus protection, support changes, upgrades, and so on. Though not the only reason, but a prominent reason why Open Source tools are chosen by enterprises/institutions today.

It not just brings down the costs, but with its added benefits, it gives you a better ROI, and, in fact a higher fragment of returns.

Likewise, Open Source gives you the bandwidth to try out tools and software without any fixed prior commitments.

Working with present-day solutions

At Gallop, we are very much in tune with the industry trends and when it comes to collaborating with our clients across industries, we work with contemporary solutions. We have been advising clients from various industries on the boons that Open Source can bring for their business.

Gallop’s Test Automation Center of Excellence (CoE) leverages Selenium as a tool of choice for automating web application testing, for performing functional regression automation, and to develop and maintain automated test suites. Moreover, our 300+ Selenium test automation experts contribute regularly to the growing Selenium open source test automation community.

Connect with us, as we will not let you lag in the innovation cycle by providing the latest solutions for your business needs.

The opinions expressed in this blog are author's and don't necessarily represent Gallop's positions, strategies or opinions.

Getting Your Test Tool Right is Key to Releasing Quality Software

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Choosing and investing in a software testing tool or a test automation framework is like fitting into the right sports shoes – you need to run with them, walk with them, and if on an expedition climb with them. While you want the testing tool to work for you, you have multiple objectives to achieve with that tool/framework and finally get higher ROI.

Adrian Ludwig, Director of Android Security at Google, mentioned to a tech portal at a security conference that its recent launch Pixel and Pixel XL are as secure as iPhones. However, The Register recently reported that a group of Chinese white hat hackers could hack a Pixel in 60 seconds at the PwnFest hacking competition in Seoul.

With stakes so high, testing is getting redefined every second, reinforcing the need for an all-inclusive applicable testing tool for specific business requirements that would ensure quality deliverables.

What are the key activities of a tester that a testing tool can ease out? To name a few:

  • Building and sustaining a release /project cycle /component information
  • Maintaining test artefacts for every release/cycle
  • Create traceability index for test assets
  • Build support for Test execution, for example, test suite creation, test execution reports, etc.
  • Bug/Defect tracking and management

Modern day testing concepts and the new school of thought reinforces the application of testing way ahead in the development process. This has created a paradigm shift and has changed the relevance of testing in the overall SDLC process.

For instance, Shift-left approach, DevOps, Agile Testing are methodologies that encourage rigorous and constant testing right through development, with focus driven on quality deliverables.

Before you dive into the reasons/rationale behind choosing the right testing tool, here are some relevant reasons for implementing and investing in a testing or test automation tool.

  • Reduce errors due to repetition: Repetition is boring and can lead to errors if executed manually. If the tests are fed in constantly for regression tests and checked against coding standards, there are some prominent chances of errors.
  • Consistency and recurring tests: Some testing tasks need tremendous consistency and repeatability in exactly the same way. Manual efforts can lead to variations leading to errors. By implementing a tool, these tasks can be reproduced exactly and automatically to validate the consistency of the results.
  • External assessment: A testing tool can bring objectivity to the testing activity. A tool brings automation and cuts the subjective notions from the testing process. The assessment is done to identify defects.
  • Easy access to test reports: A testing tool facilitates well-designed and well-presented reports for assessing the test data and analysis. It provides information in the form of graphics, statistics, performance metrics, etc.

Testing tools are segmented according to the various testing activities that the tool is expected to execute. The market is flooded with Licensed as well as Open-source tools for diverse and increasingly challenging testing needs. The segmentation of testing tools can vary as per the changing requirements in the marketplace.

Experts have set some key predictions for Testing, namely, expansion of Mobile Application testing, rise of Agile and Continuous Delivery models, and increasing adoption of Open-Source testing tools. These intrinsic needs of products and services will keep on determining the adoption of testing and testing tools in the holistic software development process.

Types of testing tools

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What are the questions you need to ask before choosing and finally investing in a testing tool? These questions/parameters will lead you nearer to your testing and product development goal – Quality!

Whether you are a start-up, a large conglomerate, a medium or large enterprise, these questions can further enable you to justify the costs and estimate the ROI from the tool to the management team. These parameters are applicable across any type of testing/test automation tool that you plan to invest in.

What are you expecting to achieve from the tool?

Get specific with your requirement and try to breakdown your testing goals. This will help you to further address your testing requirements and choose an appropriate tool.

Whom are you sourcing the tool from?

It is important to know the details of the vendor you are sourcing the tool from. Get to know about the company, the support that you will receive, and most importantly how stable is the company.

How established is the tool?

Before you invest time, money and efforts, know about the tool and get to know market feedback. Find out details such as how agile and adaptable it is, any expected upgrades in the near future, relevance for your business needs, and relevant Analyst feedback.

What is the quantum of training required?

First, decide between a Licensed or Open-source tool with proper required justification for your business/testing requirements. Understand the training process and requirements. Research if there is an active community supporting the tool and what is the estimated training cost.

This will help you understand the overall expected learning curve for your team and weigh it against the existing technical capabilities.

Is there a Proof of Concept (PoC)?

Free trials and demos is very much the trend amongst vendors and enterprises selling tools and related services. Additionally, it is important to figure out whether your tool vendor will provide you a proof of concept as well. It will give you a first-hand idea about the tool’s capabilities and understand whether it is in sync in with your business requirements.

Additionally, check for other related details, namely, warranty period, validity of free trials, number of free trials before purchase, etc.

What does the competition look like?

It is wise to not get carried away with only one offer in hand. Gauge the competition, know what other similar tool vendors are offering you, and experiment with various tools. This will help you justify the investment that you are planning to make in the chosen tool vendor.

If your business is not so technically aligned and your internal technical capabilities are questionable, it is suggested to on board an experienced testing partner. These partners may have partnerships with testing tool vendors to leverage for your project, or can confidently advise you on the right testing tool to choose for your Quality Assurance needs.

Over to you!

Gallop’s Advisory and Transformation Services collaborate with businesses to understand their QA focus areas – people, tools, and infrastructure across the delivery lifecycle. The Advisory Services enable clients to gauge their QA maturity and detect gaps in their practices.

Connect with us to embark on a QA transformation journey armed with the right testing tool, comprehensive testing framework, and a metrics driven QA approach. Build value-added engagements and ensure a high performance of your software/application with our Transformation services.

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List of 100 Software Testing Tools To Meet Your Testing Objectives

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Online Black Friday threats, Security breaches, Online banking thefts, System downtime, and many such nightmares are giving sleepless nights to enterprises across the globe. Ensuring performance with loaded security and enhanced experience is a must-have for every competent player in the marketplace.

We bring to you a resourceful and loaded list of software testing tools that not only reduce the testing efforts, but also help you get your software/application faster to the market and sustain quality while at speed.

Check out this list that covers 100 open-source as well as licensed software testing tools. Most of the tools listed here offer free trial versions to give a chance to the users to check it out before final investment.

In this run on software testing tools, we have segmented the tools under 4 categories.

  1. Web Application testing tools
  2. Website Security testing tools
  3. Cross Browser testing tools
  4. Mobile Application testing tools

Please note that this list does not suggest any particular order or ranking of the tools. Gallop Solutions is not associated with any of the tool vendors listed in the article. We leverage our partnership with industry leading automation tool vendors to extend added benefits to our clients.

Web application testing tools

We have listed some key tools to execute Performance, Load and Stress Testing on the Web Applications. This ensures the application’s performance under diverse situations and challenging scenarios.

  1. Apache JMeter

apache-jmeter

It is an Open Source load testing tool, scripted in Java 6+ and can operate across platforms. Apache recently released JMeter ‘v2.11’ that supports all platforms and is used for load testing to analyze and gauge performance of the system/application.

Its strong GUI helps build Test Plan quickly and debug processes. It further helps analyze the overall performance under various loads on the server, and the network.

Official Website: Apache JMeter

2. NeoLoad

NeoLoad

This is a load and stress testing tool by Neotys built for Windows, Linux, and Solaris. It is available in English and French, and its latest version 4.2 helps measure, analyze, and improve the performance of the website.

While there are multiple users simultaneously accessing the website, the tool helps check the performance of the website under added load to ensure required user experience. It makes the testing process faster, efficient, and repetitive.

Official Website: NeoLoad

3. LoadRunner

LoadRunner

A load testing tool by HP that is built for Windows and Linux to test the web and other applications effectively. It is available in version 12.0 with multiple languages.

The tool helps evaluate the tool’s performance under heavy load, where there is a probability of multiple users accessing the website at the same time. Additionally, it handles numerous protocols for load testing – .NET Record/Replay, Database, DCOM, GUI Virtual Users, Java Record/Replay, Network, Oracle E-Business, Remote Access.

Official Website: LoadRunner

4. LoadUI

LoadUI

LoadUI latest version is available in version 2.7 that is written in Java, JaveFX, and Groovy language and supports diverse platforms. It mainly supports web services and SopaUI 5.0 (a functional testing tool).

The latest version has corrected issues that were present in the earlier version of LoadUI. The tool is currently available in Pro version with drag-and-drop interface that helps test the load in a real-time scenario.

Official Website: LoadUI

5. Loadster

Loadster

It is a commercial load testing tool implemented to test websites web applications/services (HTTP web services) that emulates the environment to test the application’s performance under heavy load, given by the tool. It supports Linux, Mac, and Windows.

It is a feature-loaded tool that works on web applications/services, cookies, sessions, custom header, etc. It is implemented to test the performance, resilience, stability and scalability of web applications. It simulates multiple users, networks with the site and collects statistics. This helps determine and eliminate performance bottlenecks to ultimately manage traffic and crisis situations.

Official Website: Loadster

6. Load impact

Load Impact

It is an online load testing tool used to test the performance of websites, web and mobile apps, and APIs under load and across various platforms. The tools enables to conduct tests online instead of having an offline platform in place.

While the testing process is fast, the user can also repeat the tests easily and within shorter time span.

Official Website: Load impact

7. Wapt

Wapt

It is a load and stress testing tool that works on Windows and provides an easy and cost-effective way to specifically test business applications websites, mobile websites, web portals, etc. It works on secure HTTPS websites, dynamic content and RIA applications under a data-driven mode.

Official Website: Wapt

  1. Qtest

Qtest

It is a web load testing tool by Quotium Technologies SA, analyzes the application and supports all Windows platforms. It provides easy to use interface and can be opted as an OnDemand hosted solution or an OnPremise application.

Official Website: Qtest

  1. httperf

httperf

Web server performance/benchmarking tool from HP Research Labs. Provides a flexible facility for generating various HTTP workloads and measuring server performance. Focus is not on implementing one particular benchmark but on providing a robust, high-performance, extensible tool. Available free as source code in C.

Official Website: httperf

  1. Telerik Test Studio

Telerik Test Studio

The test automation tool by Telerik tests web and desktop applications across all Windows OS. The tool tests the application’s functionality, performance, and load. Additionally, it offers a plugin for Visual Studio and a solo app to test the cross-browsing issue.

Test Studio supports various languages namely, HTML, AJAX, Silverlight, and ASP.NET and can run test across browsers.

Official Website: Telerik Test Studio

  1. AgileLoad

Agile Load

It is a load testing tool from Agile Load SA to test applications for the Web and Mobile. Its features include automatic recording of test scenarios, distributed load injectors, infrastructure monitoring, and creation of custom test reports for each user profile.

Additionally, it provides a script storyboard that provides graphical view of test scenarios that enables customization. The Load injectors can be installed on your network or on the Cloud.

Official Website: AgileLoad

  1. Tsung

Tsung

Free open-source multi-protocol distributed load testing tool supported by Process-One. Can be used to stress HTTP, WebDAV, SOAP, PostgreSQL, MySQL, LDAP and Jabber/XMPP servers. SSL is also supported. OS monitoring (CPU, memory and network traffic) using SNMP, Munin or Erlang agents on remote servers. XML configuration system; several sessions can be used to simulate different type of users. Dynamic sessions can be described in XML. User think-times and the arrival rate can be randomized using a probability distribution. HTML reports can be generated during the load to view response times measurement, server CPU, etc. Developed in Erlang.

Official Website: Tsung

  1. HttpRider

HttpRider

It is an Open-Source tool that is used for Load, Performance and Stress testing of Web applications. It is developed in .NET by Alexandru Botez. It creates http scenarios by reporting http requests using Fiddler and repeats them on the basis of the user’s configuration.

It can customize a chain of queries and parameters by attaching them to a customized data source with the purpose to emulate non-identical requests.

Official Website: HttpRider

  1. Sandstorm

Sandstorm

It is a load testing tool from Impetus Technologies Inc. that supports protocols for the Web, Mobile and Email. It facilitates test from multiple locations, across browsers and simulates cache with rich extensible framework for modification of test cases by using JavaScript and core Java APIs.

It provides User Interface for handling dynamic parameters and automated cookies. It also integrates resource monitoring for most of the popular Web applications and Database servers.

Official Website: Sandstorm 

  1. Multi-Mechanize

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It is an Open-Source framework by Corey Goldberg, implemented for testing web performance and load testing. It enables execution of simultaneous python scripts to generate load on a website/web application.

The results for which can be reported in a CSV format along with an HTML report containing statistics and graphs. If you have proficiency with Python, HTTP, then it is recommended to use this tool.

Official site: Multi-Mechanize

  1. Load2Test

load2test

It is a Performance/Load/Stress testing tool from Enteros Inc. that can simulate real production workload in the back-end for testing the application’s performance. It is also available in the Amazon EC2, RackSpace or PlatForm Labs cloud environments.

Its integrated performance management and root cause analysis system mechanically collect performance metrics across load test infrastructure and implement cross-component connections to detect performance bottlenecks.

Official site: Load2Test

  1. Xceptance LoadTest

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It is a load testing and regression tool by Xceptance Software Technologies Inc. for load testing performance of Web applications or any other applications. It holds recording capabilities with availability of XLT Cloud Service.

It can develop scripts with Script Developer IDE or code all tests in Java using WebDriver.

Official site: Xceptance LoadTest

  1. Blazemeter

blazemeter

It is a self-service, on-demand, cloud-based load testing tool that can simulate varied user scenarios for testing websites, web applications, mobile apps/services. It is Apache JMeter compatible – pre-configured JMeter environments with up to 144 CPU cores and 500 GB of memory. It enables you to set up tests across locations, access test results, evaluate reports, compare and evaluate against earlier reports on a unitary console.

The traffic can be generated using public cloud providers or install an on-premise load generator on your machine and test within the firewall on the internal network. It also provides free tools and resources for tips to optimize website and performance of the applications.

Official site: Blazemeter

  1. LoadStorm

loadstorm

It is a web-based load testing tool by CustomerCentrix, LLC and leverages Amazon Web services to scale up on demand for processing power and bandwidth. The load tests for web and mobile can be built using the tool to simulate multiple users with unique logins and purposes.

Official site: LoadStorm

  1. Neustar Web Performance

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It is a self-service, on-demand and pay-as-you-go service by Neustar that enables you to simulate massive volumes of real browsers that hit the website. It uses Selenium, cloud-based real/simulated browsers, AJAX and Flash support.

In its reports it incorporates screen shots of the browsers with errors.

Official site: Neustar Web Performance

  1. Pylot

pylot

It is an Open-source tool by Corey Goldberg that generates simultaneous loads, where you can define test cases in an XML file – specify requests – url, method, body/ payload, etc. It can be verified by matching content to regular expressions with HTTP status codes.

It helps monitor and execute test suites from GUI (wxPython), adjust load, agents, intervals, and test duration. It further displays real-time stats and reports errors.

Official site: Pylot

  1. AppLoader

apploader

It is a load testing app by NRG Global to test websites and other applications that can be accessible from Windows desktop and generates load from the end user’s perspective. It is protocol independent and supports a diverse range of enterprise class applications. It runs from Windows platforms.

Official site: AppLoader

  1. fwptt

fwptt

It is an Open-source tool by Bogdan Damian for load testing web applications and had capabilities to handle AJAX and can generate tests in C#.

Official site: fwptt

  1. JCrawler

jcrawler

It is an Open-source tool for stress testing web applications, comprising crawling and exploratory features. Here the user can provide JCrawler a set of URLs to start with and begin crawling from that point, so while going through any URLs it can generate load on the application.

The Load parameters (hits/sec) can be configured with central XML file and fire up as many number of threads as required to generate the load constantly. Additionally, the tool is platform independent.

Official site: JCrawler

  1. vPerformer

vperformer

It is a Performance and load testing tool from Verisium Inc. that can assess the performance and scalability of the web application. It users recorded scripts or customized scripts by using Javascript.

The target platform is Windows and the VCloudPerformer, which is a free cloud load testing tool can be used to evaluate the performance, scalability, and load stress capacity of web applications by implementing on-demand load servers on Amazon EC2 cloud.

Official site: vPerformer

  1. Curl-Loader

curl loader

It is an Open-source tool scripted in ‘C’ that simulates load and specific behaviour of thousands of HTTP/HTTPS and FTP/FTPS clients, with its own source IP-address. As against other tools, curl-loader uses real C-written client protocol stacks, namely, HTTP and FTP stacks of libcurl and TLS/SSL of OpenSSL.

With this tool you can log activities of each virtual client and the statistics collected comprise, resolution, connection establishment, requests generation, responses generation, errors recorded from the network, TLS/SSL and application (HTTP, FTP) level events and errors.

Official site: Curl-Loader

  1. The Grinder

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It is a Java-based load testing framework that is available for free under a BSD-style open-source license. It helps synchronize activities within a test script across processes, across machines by using graphical console application.

It comes with an evolved plug-in for testing HTTP services and a tool that allows HTTP scripts for recording automatically.

Official site: The Grinder

  1. Testing Master

testing master

It is a load testing tool by Novosoft and its capabilities include IP spoofing, multiple concurrent test cases and holds various testing features for sites with dynamic content and secures pages with HTTPS.

Official site: Testing Master

  1. Avalanche

avalanche

It is a load testing application from Spirent Communications used to design stress-test security, network, and Web application infrastructures by generating massive user and network traffic. It can emulate about two million synchronously connected users with unique IP addresses, emulates multiple Web browsers, with Web Services testing Supports

Official site: Avalanche

  1. Loader

loader

It is a stress testing tool that runs on WinXP and comes with free evaluation versions for two virtual users. The capture module provides a development environment that utilizes C# scripting and XML based data.

The Control module defines, schedules, and deploys tests, further defining the number of virtual users, etc. The Analysis module evaluates the results and brings reporting capabilities.

Official site: Loader

  1. Visual Studio Test Professional

visual studio test professional

It is a suite of testing tools for testing Web applications and services integrated within the Microsoft Visual Studio environment. The suite includes Lab Management capabilities and enables testers to script, execute, and mange tests within Visual Studio.

Official site: Visual Studio Test Professional

  1. OpenLoad

openload

It is a cost-effective and entirely web-based load testing tool by OpenDemand and does not require scripting languages and its web-based recorder can capture and translate user actions across the website/web application.

Additionally, it can generate up to 1000 simultaneous users with minimum hardware.

Official site: OpenLoad

  1. Siege

siege

It is an Open-source Stress/Regression testing tool that supports basic authentication, cookies, HTTP and HTTPS protocols. It enables testing a web server and can configure multiple simultaneous users.

With this tool you can stress test a single URL with a particular number of users or stress test multiple URLs concurrently. Developed by Jeffery Fulmer, the tool helps report total transactions, elapsed time, bytes transferred, response time, server response and so on.

Official site: Siege

  1. OpenSTA

opensta

The tool ‘Open System Testing Architecture’ is a free, Open-source web load/stress testing application that is licensed under the Gnu GPL. It utilizes a spread out software architecture based on CORBA.

Official site: OpenSTA

  1. PureLoad

pureload

It is a Java-based multi-platform performance testing and analysis tool by PureLoad Software that comprises ‘Comparer’ and ‘Recorder’ capabilities, enables dynamic data input, and edits/debugs the scenario and generates load for single or distributed sources.

Official site: PureLoad

  1. ApacheBench

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It is a Perl API that is used for benchmarking and regression testing and can be used as a foundation for a complete benchmarking and regression testing suite for transaction-based perl sites. It can be used for stress-testing the server while verifying the correct HTTP responses.

Official site: ApacheBench

  1. Torture

torture

The Bare-bones Perl script by Lincoln Stein is used for testing the speed, dependability, responsiveness and testing stability of a particular Web server. It can send huge amounts of random data to a server and then evaluate the speed and response time.

Official site: Torture

  1. WebSpray

webspray

It is a cost-effective load testing tool from CAI Networks that enables link testing and can simulate up to 1000 clients from a single IP. Further also supports multiple IP addresses with or without aliases. It is built for Windows.

Official site: WebSpray

  1. WebPerformance

Load Testing by Web Performance

It is a load testing tool by Web Performance Inc. that focuses on offering ease to the users and supports all browsers and web servers. It further enables recording and allows the user to view exact bytes flowing between the browser and the server. It does not require scripting.

It can automatically tackle variations in session-specific items namely, cookies, usernames, passwords, IP addresses, and much more.

Official site: Load Testing by Web Performance

  1. Optima Quality Studio

optima quality studio

It is a collection of load testing, capture/playback, and similar tool from Technovations to enable performance testing of the websites. The modules include WebCorder, Load Director, Report Generator, Batch, Manager and many more.

It further enables authentication, SSL, cookies, redirects and records scripts that can be modified manually.

Official site: Optima Quality Studio

  1. QALoad

QAload

It is a tool by Microfocus for load/stress testing web, database, and character-based systems. It supports HTTP, SSL, SOAP, XML, Media streaming that operates across a variety of databases, middleware, and ERP solutions.

Official site: QALoad

  1. IBM Rational Performance Tester

ibm rational performance tester

It is a Performance testing tool by IBM/Rational and offers optional extensions to Seibel applications and SAP solutions. Additionally it supports Windows, Linux, offering high-level detailed views of the tests.

Official site: IBM Rational Performance Tester

  1. Radview’s WebLoad

radviews webload

It is a load testing tool by Radview Software, where test scripting is done via visual tool or Javascript with improved load testing objects and methods. It handles mobile load testing and comes with ability to record native or browser-based apps directly from the mobile handset. Additionally, it can integrate with selenium.

It can further run load generators in the cloud and does not require special licenses. It can generate tailored out-of-the-box reports/graphs with drill-down capabilities.

Official site: Radview’s WebLoad

  1. SilkPerformer

SilkPerformer

It is an enterprise-class load testing tool by Microfocus and can simulate thousands of users working with numerous protocols and across diverse computing environments. It facilitates behaviour predictions for the e-business environment prior to deployment, regardless of the size and complexity.

Official site: SilkPerformer

Web Functional/Regression Testing Tools

Functionality, behaviour, usability and security of websites/web applications are some rising concerns that are bothering enterprises across sectors. Appropriate testing tools help you eliminate bugs within shorter cycles and get your web application functional and market ready.

Most of the bugs occur due to functional issues within the website/web application. Below are some select web functional/regression testing tools for your quick reference.

  1. Selenium

selenium

Selenium is an acclaimed and popular automated testing suite amongst testers these lately. It has been designed to support and boost Test Automation for testing the functional aspects of the web applications across a diverse range of browsers and platforms.

The suite comprises 4 basic components namely, Selenium IDE, Selenium RC, WebDriver, Selenium Grid. The WebDriver directly communicates with the web browser and uses its native compatibility to automate.

Official website: Selenium

  1. TestCafe v14.1.3

TestCafe

It is a web testing framework that tests all web applications across Windows, MacOS, and Linux OS. It is popularly used for web application testing and generates clear and simple tests. It uses browsers that support HTML5 for recording and can run functional tests across Windows, Mac and Linux, and on remote computers.

For mobile devices it can run tests on iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone. Additionally, it can simultaneously execute tests across multiple browsers and machines.

Official Website:  TestCafe v14.1.3

47. CasperJS v1.1-beta3

casperJS

It is an easy to use open source navigation tool for Windows, MacOS, and Linux OS, used for scripting & testing the PhantomJS and SlimerJS (Gecko) with the help of its useful and valuable functions, methods and syntactic sugar, written in Java script language. Basically, it works for forms, links, page screenshot, remote DOM, events sign-in process, etc. Also, downloads binary and other resources, writes functional test suites and save it in a JUnit XML format.

Official Website: CasperJS v1.1-beta3

48. Screenster

screenster

Screenster is an UI based functional and regression testing tool to test web applications and can work across all Windows OS that require all major browsers and Java6 or high. While operating it takes screenshots at every step and compares them to the baseline, enables verification and further provides complete access to Selenium API whenever required.

It is an UI based functional and regression testing tool for web applications, works on all Windows OS that requires all major browsers and Java6 or high. A very good screen validator uses to give 10x productivity without a single line of code. During operation, it takes screenshot on each and every step and compares them to baseline, permits verification of changes or lack of changes to UI, provides full access to Selenium API when needed

Official website: Screenster

49. SoapUI

soapui

It is a cross-platform free open-source functional testing tool written in Java language for service-oriented architectures (SOA) and representational state transfers (REST). It offers user-friendly interface with multiple features used for API testing that facilitates easy and speedy performance of functional/regression and load testing.

Its commercial version (SoapUI Pro) is particularly used to test functionality of the application. It supports all protocols and technologies connected to the particular application.

Official Website: SoapUI

50. Sahi

sahi

An open-source cross-platform web application testing tool that is scripted in Java and JavaScript, and released under an Open-Source Apache License 2.0. It is used to test multiple browser applications under web 2.0.

It identifies elements easily and works on applications that include dynamic ids and applications developed by using ExtJS, ZK, Dojo, YUI, etc.

Official Website: Sahi

51. Web Application Testing in .Net (Watin)

web-application-testing-in-net-watin

It is a cross-platform web application testing tool and its latest version is 2.1 that is developed in C# language. With influence of Watir, Watin was used to test a web application that was written in .Net in December 2005.

Since then, it has now become a user-friendly and stable framework with added functionality and supports all major HTML elements and dialogs. It works across Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8, 9 and FireFox 2 and 3.

Official Website: Watin

52. Web Application Testing in Ruby (Watir)

web-application-testing-in-ruby-watir

It is an open-source (BSD) cross-platform testing tool that is easy to use and offers flexible automation tool with Ruby libraries for web browser automation. Though it is loaded Ruby libraries, it also supports application scripted in any language and enables you to link with databases, export XML files, read files and spreadsheets, and synchronize code as reusable libraries.

It works across Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari browsers in the same ways.

Official Website: Watir

53. QTP (UFT)

CasperJS

It is a Windows based software testing tool by Hewlett Packard (HP) that is used to test the applications on the web or desktop for functional and regression testing. The UI is called Integrated Development environment (IDE) that comes with numerous functionalities that motivate testers to test more.

QTP uses VB Script language to run the script and supports Web, Java (Core and Advanced), .Net, Flex, Web Services, WPF, Delphi, Power Builder, Stingray 1, Terminal Emulator, SAP, Oracle, Siebel, PeopleSoft, Windows Mobile, VisualAge Smalltalk, Silverlight and mainframe terminal emulators.

The latest version available is UFT 12.0. UFT 12.0 that provides easier and minimum package to download the product. So, the installation gets easier. While QTP works only on Windows, UFT 12.0 supports Safari on a remote Mac, and all other popularly used browsers.

Official Website: QTP (UFT)

54. Ranorex

Ranorex

It is a Windows based GUI testing tool by Ranorex GmbH for testing desktop, web and mobile based applications that can handle testing for any dynamic GUI application.

It tests functionality of the application that involves both the tester and developer. This encourages reliable and distributed testing to detect bugs efficiently. It also supports technologies, namely, .NET, Winforms, WPF, Java, SAP, HTML5, Flash, Flex, Silverlight, iOS, Android, Windows Apps (Native/Hybrid), etc.

It can be used by bigger organizations and small testing teams too.

Official Website: Ranorex

Web Site Security Testing Tools

Financial services and the banking sector has been an all-time victim of security breaches, compromising massive sensitive user data. However, financial services are a must-have for everyone. So here we list some Security testing tools for building a robust application for the marketplace.

55. NTOSpider

ntospider

NTOSpider provides full security for your web applications/services, mobile, and RIA applications. It is a Windows based web security tool and importantly it scans your application completely in less time and ensures security to the system, cost-effectively.

Official website: NTOSpider

56. Brakeman v2.6.1

Brakeman 56-brakeman-v2-6-1

The tool is an Open-source scanner that checks Ruby on Rails apps for security vulnerabilities, available for Jenkins/Hudson and works on Rails 2.x, 3.x, and 4.x. It methodologically scans Rails application code to identify security issues at every stage.

Official Website: Brakeman

57. SiteDigger v3.0

SiteDigger

It examines Google’s cache, errors, configuration issues, proprietary information and major security nuggets on the websites. Additionally, it has a good user interface that provides real-time results with the ability to save signature selection and result set.

You are not required to have Google API License Key to access the tool, as it runs on across all Windows OS required Microsoft .NET Framework v3.5.

Official Website: SiteDigger

58. Netsparker

netsparker

It is a cross-platform web application security scanner that detects and reports website/web application vulnerabilities and issues with the security across any website/web app irrespective of the OS or technology it is built on.

Official Website: Netsparker

59. Network Mapper (NMap)

network Mapper

It is a cross-platform web security scanner scripted by Gordon Lyon founder of hosts and services on a computer network. It delivers required packets to the target machine and scrutinizes the response received.

Previously, it was only used for Linux, but it can be now used for Microsoft Windows, BSD variants – Mac OS X, AmigaOS, Solaris, HP-UX, , andSGI IRIX.

Official Website: NMap

60. Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP)

Open Web Application Security Project

It is a cross-platform online security project/ community that involves global organizations, educational institutions and individuals that focus on security for web applications by creating free articles, techniques, and tools.

Official Website: OWASP

  1. HP Fortify

HP Fortify

It is a security product suite by HP that embeds vulnerability detection, integrates static source code analysis, dynamic runtime analysis, and real-time monitoring to detect and prioritize critical security vulnerabilities.

Its Program Trace Analyzer (PTA) finds vulnerabilities that get visible only when the application is running. It integrates QA tests to find vulnerabilities when an application’s functional tests are going on.

Official site: HP Fortify

  1. HP WebInspect

HP WebInspect

It is an automated security assessment tool by HP for testing web applications and services. It helps identify known and unknown vulnerabilities and incorporates checks to validate effective web server configuration.

It requires Windows and MSIE.

Official site: HP WebInspect

  1. IBM Security AppScan

IBM Security AppScan

It is a tool suit by Rational/IBM that automates security testing for web and mobile applications. It enables defect analysis and recommends techniques to fix detected security loopholes.  Its assessment module can be used by auditors and compliance officers to conduct extensive audits and ensure compliance with security standards as well.

It enables static code analysis, offers support for JavaScript, HTML5, Cordova, Java and Objective-C.

Official site: IBM Security AppScan

Cross Browser Testing Tools

Considering seamless user experience is key for every brand and every enterprise, getting the right tool in place is indispensable for every tester. These are some tools for your reference.

64. Browsera

Browsera

It is an online cross-browser testing tool that operates on Windows and Mac OS X platform and detects cross-browser layout issues by comparing the output from each browser. When every test is completed, every JavaScript error is reported and collated. The entire website can be tested by using the crawling feature of the tool.

Official Website: Browsera

65. IE NetRenderer

IE NetRenderer

It is a free HTML tool for Apple iMac and Linux facilitates users to view the website displays in IE browsers 5.5 to 11. Besides, it also presents an extensive number of tasks in real time. These services can be executed at a fast paced.

Besides, the tool also helps capture various other tasks on the website across browsers and in real time.

Official Website: IE NetRenderer

66. IETester v0.5.2

IETester v0.5.2

It is a Windows web browser by Core Services that provides a user-friendly interface, enabling the users to get all functionalities rapidly and easily. It provides a configuration without customizations with focus on speed and efficiency.

With the Microsoft ribbon toolbar, the users can easily switch across Internet Explorer versions (5.5 to 9) with a single click. Apart from this it also facilitates compatibility tests.

Official Website: IETester

67. W3C Link Checker

W3C Link Checker

It is a link checking service provider by W3C that is used to links and anchors existing on a website page or across the entire website by using languages; HTML, XHTML or CSS.

Official website: W3C Link Checker

Mobile Web/App Testing Tools

68. Selendroid

selendroid

It is an Open-source test automation framework to test the UI of Android native, Hybrid apps and the mobile. The tests are scripted by using the Selenium 2 client API.

Additionally, it can be used on emulators and actual devices. It can also be integrated as node into the Selenium Grid to scale up and test simultaneously. Various gestures are supported by the Advanced User Interactions API. It can further simplify test case development.

Official site: Selendroid

  1. ios-driver

ios driver

It is an Open-source tool used to test iOS native, Hybrid, or web apps for the mobile by using the Selenium/Webdriver API. It can also be used as a Selenium grid node that runs tests synchronously within the same architecture as for the web.

Official site: ios-driver

  1. KIF (Keep It Functional)

Keep It Functional

It is an Open-source iOS integration test framework that automates by leveraging the iOS accessibility attributes. It builds and executes the tests by implementing a standard XCTest testing target.

In line with other iOS test tools, it uses undocumented Apple APIs, which is appropriate for testing and integrates with the user’s Xcode project. The tests for KIF are scripted in Objective C.

Official site: KIF

  1. Mobile-Friendly Test

Mobile Friendly Test

It is a free online test tool developed by Google that analyzes a URL and informs if the page is mobile-friendly/responsive. Additionally, it reports/defects detected and recommends solutions.

It also provides an extensive mobile responsive documentation on the site.

Official site: Mobile-Friendly Test

  1. Remote Test kit

Remote Test kit

The tool developed by NTT Resonant Inc. facilitates a real device test cloud that enables manual and automated testing across multiple real iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. It integrates with Xcode for iOS and Eclipse for Android.

Further to each test, the test data from all apps is erased the devices and are automatically re-initialized. Additionally, the tool supports Selenium Webdriver, Jenkins. Real-time Clipboard Synchronization facilitates copy pasting text that has been developed in advance on the user’s computer, or copying text from the iOS device to a local system.

Official site: Remote TestKit

  1. TestObject

TestObject

It is a device test cloud created by TestObject GmbH that has over 150 devices, mainly Android and some iOS. It provides access to real devices from the user’s browser for manual and automated testing.

It also supports Native, web and hybrid apps and offers additional facilities like screenshots, switching over system language to test, supporting testing frameworks that includes Robotium, Espresso and Appium; a REST API, Ant and Gradle plugins.

Official site: TestObject

  1. Frank

Frank

It is an Open-source framework developed by Thoughtworks that is used to write structured text tests by using Cucumber and execute them against the iOS application.

It necessitates installation of a Ruby and compiles/links the Frank servicer into the application that is being tested. It has a robust app inspector that can get detailed information from the application on the run. It executes tests on both the Simulator and Device.

Official site: Frank

  1. Android Testing Support Library

android-testing-support-library

It is a framework built by Google to test Android apps. It provides a set of Java APIs through the Android SDK Manager that helps build and run app test code, comprising JUnit 4 and functional UI tests.

Tests can executed from the Android Studio IDE or from the command line. It also comprises AndroidJUnitRunner: JUnit 4-compatible test runner for Android; Espresso: UI testing framework for white box functional UI testing within an app, and UI Automator: UI testing framework for black box functional UI testing across the devices or applications under test.

Official site: Android Testing Support Library

  1. Monkey

android-testing-support-library

It is a free command-line tool/program that can run on your emulator or device to generate pseudo-random series of user interactions/transactions, namely, clicks, touches, and system related gestures. Monkey can stress-test applications that are being developed randomly but repeatedly.

For instance, if the application crashes or doesn’t perform as expected/respond to system error, the tool will report the error occurred.

Official site: Monkey

  1. MonkeyRunner

android-testing-support-library

It is a free tool from Google that offers a Python API for scripting programs, controlling an Android device or an emulator not within the Android code. It can write a Python program that can install an Android application or test package, take screenshots of user interface, and more.

It is meant to test applications as well as devices for its functional and framework aspects. Importantly, you can apply one or more test suites across multiple devices or emulators, and it can be extended with Plug-ins.

Official site: MonkeyRunner

  1. Android Lint

android-testing-support-library

Lint, a tool from the Android Studio is a code scanning tool that can enable the user to easily detect and rectify issues with the structural quality of the code. This is done without running the application or scripting any tests.

It has a command-line interface that can easily integrate the tool within the user’s automated testing process. The tool checks the Android project source files to detect bugs and bring in enhancements for efficiency, usability, performance, and security.

Official site: Android Lint

  1. Calabash

calabash

It is a free open source framework from Xamarin Inc. that enables scripting and running automated Acceptance tests for mobile applications by using Cucumber and Ruby. It is a cross-platform tool that supports Android and iOS native apps, comprising libraries that facilitate test code to interact with Native and Hybrid apps.

Official site: Calabash

  1. Xamarin Test Cloud

xamarin-test-cloud

It provides a locally created, robust object-based scripting environment for simulating and automating actions that an actual user could take via a mobile app on iOS or Android device. Importantly, it provides a test device cloud, offering 1,800+ real devices for testing.

Here, the test scripts run concurrently across multiple devices at one time. Test Scripts can be created in Calabash (Ruby) and C# using Xamarin Studio or Visual Studio. The tool can integrate with any CI systems.

Official site: Xamarin Test Cloud

  1. TestMunk

testmunk

It is a mobile app test automation runner that is available on the web and enables execution of BDD-style test cases across virtually available emulators, user devices, or across a pool of TestMunk Android and iOS versions of devices. It supports Native and Hybrid apps.

It provides over 50 BDD-style TestSteps for both iOS and Android and can extend and script customized TestSteps and uses Ruby.  It can initiate and run tests locally on an emulator or a device at no cost.

Official site: TestMunk

  1. Crashlytics

crashlytics

It is a free set of tools developed by Twitter and can be implemented within iOS and Android apps. It enables the user to report detailed information on an application’s crash. It includes details about the devices that the application runs on, like whether it is happening only on the device or on a specific model in the series.

It provides ‘Answers kit’ that gives information on critical performance metrics of an app, growth and engagement indicators.

Official site: Crashlytics

  1. UberTesters

uber testers

It is a free set of tools for managing and reporting iOS/Android app and crowdsourced/beta testing. It needs the Ubertesters SDK, which integrates with multiple frameworks optimized for cross-platform development.

Additionally, it can integrate with many third party bug tracking systems or use the incorporated bug tracker. It capabilities also include in-app bug editing, marking, reporting and user feedback. It tracks all testing sessions in real-time sorted by devices or testers.

Official site: UberTesters

  1. TestFairy

testFairy

It is a set of tools developed by TestFairy to manage and report iOS/Android app crowdsourced/beta testing. It provides video that shows everything that takes place on the mobile device, comprising detailed internal metrics such as CPU, memory, GPS, logs, and crash reports. It also detects ANRs and alerts when the app shows abnormal results.

Official site: TestFairy

  1. HockeyApp

hockeyapp

It is a set of tools created by Microsoft to manage and report iOS/Android/WinPhone/OSX app crowdsourced/beta testing. It integrates the open source HockeyApp SDK for Android, iOS, Mac OS X, Win, Unity, Xamarin and then uploads the app’s build to HockeyApp.

It reports metrics presenting which devices were tested, by whom, the app was used for how long, the language tested, and more.

Official site: HockeyApp

  1. TestDroid

86-testdroid

It is a suite of Android application testing tools that can be implemented both for test automation and manual testing. It has been developed by Bitbar Inc. Testdroid Enterprise.

Testdroid Cloud is an online service that provides thousands of different real Android and iOS devices to run tests. The test runs begin with a device reboot, ensuring that the tests are executed on clean devices with no interference.

Official site: TestDroid

  1. eggPlant Mobile

eggplant-mobile

It is a test automation tool for the mobile that is image-based, low-overhead, for black-box testing. It is the combination of eggPlant Functional and eggOn, the mobile agent that enables to fully test mobile apps on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and any other mobiles devices.

Official site: eggPlant Mobile

  1. Maveryx

maveryx

It is a Test automation tool developed by Maveryx for Android and Java apps. It utilizes ‘GUI Objects Finder’ that recognizes GUI test objects with text while execution of tests. The object search engine supports exactly matching algorithms to identify test objects in the UI, even when there are partial or approximate matching, misspellings and synonyms or in case of change of objects from the time of test creation.

It supports JUnit assertion-based verification points, distributed testing, plugin for Eclipse, and even when customized extensions/plugins are created.

Official site: Maveryx

  1. Mobitaz

mobitaz

It is an Android/iOS test automation tool developed by MSys Technologies. Its features comprise Native app and Web test automation, end-to-end automation, etc. The Test cases can be easily created, without any requirement of source code.

Official site: Mobitaz

  1. Clang Static Analyzer

clang static analyzer

It is an Open-source source code analysis tool that detects bugs in C, C++, and Objective-C programs. It can be used either as a standalone tool or within Xcode. It is expected to run in tandem with a codebase Build.

It is implemented as a C++ library that can be leveraged by other tools and applications.

Official site: Clang Static Analyzer

  1. Roboelectric

roboelectric

It is an open source unit test framework that customizes Android SDK classes for the user to test Android apps within the JVM at the workstation within seconds.

Official site: Roboelectric

  1. TestArchitect Mobile Plus

TestArchitect Mobile Plus

It is a Test automation tool from LogiGear for native/hybrid apps on Android/iOS, and Web, Windows and Java applications. With this the tests can be executed across multiple local devices via USB and Wi-Fi, or on devices hosted by cloud-based mobile testing partners. It provides support for multi-touch gestures, access to the physical device buttons, and command-line execution. Image recognition feature enables testing for standard apps and games with fast, 3D, interactive graphics.

Additionally, it supports IE, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, WebView, HTML5, and customized actions can be created using C#, C++, JAVA, or Python.

Official site: TestArchitect Mobile Plus

  1. Appium

appium

It is an open source test automation framework that can drive native and hybrid iOS and Android mobile apps using the WebDriver JSON wire protocol. It supports a sub-set of the Selenium WebDriver JSON Wire Protocol, and provides extensions for automating mobile gestures like tap, flick, and swipe.

In order to automate iOS, it requires XCode and Apple Developer Tools (iPhone simulator SDK, command line tools). For Android automation Android SDK API >= 17 is required.

Official site: Appium

  1. Android/iOS Source Code Analysis

Android/iOS Source Code Analysis

It is a static code scanning tool developed by Checkmarx that provides the ability to detect vulnerable lines of code and enables to fix them, for Android and iOS app source code. Additionally, it is also capable of analyzing other code languages.

Official site: Android/iOS Source Code Analysis

  1. Soasta TouchTest

soasta touchtest

It is a functional test automation tool from Soasta that brings competencies for multi-touch, gesture-based mobile apps. It can validate tests by leveraging internal variable values and conditionally wait for internal application state changes.

It also facilitates testing for any mobile device across any location. The devices can be available in lab, used as part of an external test, or crowd-sourced.

Official site: Soasta TouchTest

  1. Adobe Edge Inspect

Adobe Edge Inspect

Inspect provides the user a preview of the content across multiple mobile devices. It wirelessly pairs multiple iOS and Android devices to the computer, captures screenshots from any connected device, and helps the user observe real-time results from changes to HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. It can be used for Android, iOS, Kindle Fire.

Official site: Adobe Edge Inspect 

  1. SeeTestMobile

SeeTestMobile

It is a mobile application test tool developed by Experitest Ltd. It is built for iOS, Android, Blackberry and WindowsPhone. It is used for both emulators as well as real devices and covers visual testing, functionality testing and speed performance.

The test recordings can be done by using real devices, where real device can be plugged into the desktop via USB. It leverages self-learning diagnostic and matches algorithms and a modular self-enhancing image recognition technology.

Some other mobile-related tools available include SeeTest Cloud, SeeTest Network Virtualization, Mobile Addon for UFT.

Official site: SeeTestMobile

  1. Ranorex Cross-Device Mobile App Testing

Ranorex Cross-Device Mobile App Testing

It is a Windows GUI test automation framework developed by Ranorex GmbH to test diverse application types comprising mobile (iOS, Android, Windows8 UI) test automation, and mobile web test automation (iOS). It can directly record tests on the device.

The IDE comprises test project management, integration of all Ranorex tools (Recorder, Repository, Spy), intuitive code editor, code completion, debugging, and watch monitor.

Official site: Ranorex Cross-Device Mobile App Testing

  1. Robotium

Robotium

It is an open-source Android test automation framework developed by Renas Reda/Hugo Josefson/Jayway and is available as Java source or jar file. It can integrate with Maven or Ant to execute tests for continuous integration. It also supports Android 1.6 and higher versions.

Official site: Robotium

  1. MonkeyTalk

MonkeyTalk

It is a free open-source test automation tool developed by Gorilla Logic for functional test automation for native, mobile, and hybrid iOS and Android apps. It can be used for simulators as well as actual devices. It is a cross platform tool that can run tests interactively or automate completely.

It has a Cloud version that provides on-premises solution for mobile app testing across devices, where the authorized users can submit test jobs and run the tests automatically on the target devices.

Official site: MonkeyTalk

In Conclusion

Agile, DevOps, and many modern day software development approaches/concepts are endorsing the relevance of testing in the overall SDLC process. Software testing tools are catalysts and will determine the pace at which Testing takes on the new-age challenges posed by the marketplace.

The opinions expressed in this blog are author's and don't necessarily represent Gallop's positions, strategies or opinions.

Measuring Web Application Performance using Open Source Tools

Measuring Web Application Performance using Open Source Tools

“If your page does not load within 5 seconds, 50% of customers abandon your site”, that statement speaks a lot in itself about the increasing need of customers for high speed access to web applications. And with mobile web also causing significant traffic to websites and web applications, it is important to have the performance of your web application checked

With the need for analyzing the performance of your web application increasing, it is a good idea to evaluate some of the popular open source Performance testing tools. We will talk about why you should use an Open source performance test tool for your Performance testing needs and give an overview of some of the popular Open source performance test tools.

Why choose Open Source Performance Test tool:

  • No licensing cost – a commercial load testing tool can really burn your pockets when you want to test with heavy number of virtual users
  • Generate (almost) infinite amount of load on the web application without any additional licensing costs. The only limitation would be the resources available
  • Create your own plug-ins to extend the analysis and reporting capabiltiies
  • Integrate with other open source and commercial tools to drive end to end test cycles

Some of the Popular Open Source Performance Test tools:

Apache J Meter

Apache J Meter is an open source load testing tool built on the Java Platform. This testing tool is developed to test load test functional behavior and performance testing. It supports testing on static and dynamic resources such as Servlets, Java Objects, Perl Scripts, FTP servers, Data Bases, etc. It requires JVM 1.4 or higher to perform. Although it was designed initially to test web applications, today its scope has widened to other test areas.

With a vast user community and ever expanding list of Plugins, JMeter is a favorite for many organizations when it comes to Performance, stress and load testing.

Load UI

Load UI is a very popular open source stress testing tool used for web application performance testing. It supports testing of numerous web protocols such as AMF, REST, JMS, JDBC and web sites. Many testers agree that LoadUI is one of the most interactive and user-friendly testing tools around. This tool is integrated with a functional testing tool soapUI, which adds to its effectiveness. During the testing phase it allows testers to create, configure and update their tests. LoadUI features a high graphic interface that makes testing easier.

LoadUI also comes as LoadUI Pro to extend the features that the open source version provides.

Open STA (Open System Testing Architecture)

Open STA is the abbreviation for Open System Testing Architecture and it is built around COBRA. This GUI based testing tool is used by testers for load analyzing and load testing. This is a complex testing tools and is known to perform heavy test load for scripted HTTP and HTTPS. Here, the tests are performed using simple scripts, recordings and it also takes into account various results and statistics. During load tests, Open STA graphs resource utilization information from application servers, web servers, operating platforms and database servers that help in further analysis.

THE GRINDER – GENERIC JYTHON LOAD TESTER

Using the Java implementation of Python (Jython), The Grinder is a script-only, feature rich load testing platform. Possibly the most powerful lightweight free load testers on the market, but also the most difficult to master. No GUI to speak of, very little in the way of examples… but at least it has a good FAQ. It isn’t useful for Front End Automation, but otherwise The Grinder is flexible and infinitely useful if you can master it. This is the programmer’s preferred load testing tool.

The Performance Engineering team at Gallop has helped many customers identify the key bottlenecks and helped fixing them. We have enabled the customers to utilize Open source tools like JMeter with their enterprise resources to generate higher loads, at no extra cost, to stress test their applications.

Gallop also helps you generate real time Mobile browser load with its huge set of devices in the Mobile Test Lab spread across geographic locations.

If you are unsure of your web performance strategies, you are losing many customers, write to us today at contact@gallop.net, and we will help your application reach its real performance potential!

 

The opinions expressed in this blog are author's and don't necessarily represent Gallop's positions, strategies or opinions.

Accelerate your Test lifecycle with these Automation tools

Accelerate your Test lifecycle with these Automation tools

Test automation works to accelerate your test life cycle, and enable you to increase test coverage. Although there are many test automation tools in the market, some tools have proven to be more effective in most enterprise environments, we will discuss about them in this blog post.

Enterprise Level Test Automation with HP QTP/UFT

HP QTP/UFT is one of the prominent tools and enables end to end Enterprise level test automation, with its huge support for enterprise level applications such as SAP, AS400, Web, Mobile and various other HRM, CRM applications. What could you consider when deciding on choosing HP QTP/UFT:

Pros:

  • Ease of creating test scripts with VBScript as the scripting language driving the tests
  • Add-ins and support for many technologies on Desktop, Web and Mobile
  • Best of class Object Management and Object Recognition mechanism
  • Integration to ALM tools like HP ALM
  • REST, SOA and API automation integrated into HP UFT to enable true end to end test automation for Enterprise

Cons:

  • High cost of license, might not be an appropriate choice when the technology the applications are built on is limited
  • Windows only support, works only with applications running on Windows OS

Functional and Web Service automation using SmartBear TestComplete

TestComplete by Smartbear is another great testing tool in the arena.

Pros

  • The tool supports integration of SoapUI NG, ServiceV, and SoapUI which allows you to go beyond the user interface and automate tests that invoke APIs or other Web services. This also enables shorter and faster release cycles.
  • TestComplete uses Real Scripting languages that enable easier coding and developing. Script files are stored as plain text; this lets you put the script under source control easily.
  • It helps save time on Regression tests. When you do a project on TestComplete it can be added in final builder. After you have finalized your functional test cases, you can pass them on to the Release Engineer. Then after you get the new build, you get the testlog together which really cuts down on time.
  • TestComplete’s customizable event handling and ‘local variables’ feature is one of its undeniable benefits. This and the ‘test suite’ feature makes data driven testing a real pleasure.
  • Integrate into CI servers such as Jenkins and TFS

Cons

  • Limitation on kind of frameworks that can be developed due to the project structure

Drive the Web and Mobile tests using Selenium + Appium

Selenium the open source Web application test automation tool has become very famous, and its extension to support mobile automation utilizing Appium enables testers now to test Web and Mobile with the same API. Here is when you might choose Selenium for your automation needs:

Pros

  • Execute tests in parallel on multiple OS, browser combinations using Selenium Grid
  • Extend your tests to run on Mobile browsers
  • Automate mobile applications using the Selenium API and Appium
  • Supports all the popular browsers and versions
  • Integrate with dev and CI environment seamlessly

Cons

  • Steeper learning curve as it uses programming languages such as Java, C#, Ruby etc
  • No in-built mechanism for Object Management and object identification(with a spying tool)

Telerik Test Studio

Telerik Test Studio is an all-in-one Windows based software testing tool.

Pros

  • It is considered to be one of the easiest testing tools you can come across. The most complex functional, load, and performance testing can be done with just a few clicks with the use of this tool.
  • Telerik Test Studio helps you with functional testing, as it supports test automation for web and desktop applications. In the mobile arena it covers iOS too.
  • It can support multiple data stores like flat file, in build table, database, excel etc.
  • Any action performed is page driven and are tied to specific elements in the UI. This means it isn’t driven by mouse movements or keyboard navigation, which makes this tool more resilient than most.

Cons

  • When it comes to in-depth custom coded automation frameworks and projects, it needs quite a bit of effort to get it set up due to high level of abstraction at code level

Not sure about the best approach to take and which tool to select for your needs? Get in touch and we can guide you through the test automation initiatives with our IP led automation services.

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How to Succeed with Selenium: Open Source Test Automation Tool

How to Succeed with Selenium Open Source Test Automation Tool?

In software development, it is a common practice to adopt test automation, once the software completes the stable phase of manual testing. Every organization thinks of automated testing as a way to cut down manual testing costs. The cost of testing is significant for any software project and organizations are keen to invest in open source testing tools than expensive commercial testing suites. There are varieties of open source testing tools available online, but this blog explores factors to succeed with the open source web automation tool – Selenium.

Why Selenium Testing

Selenium is one of the popular automated website testing tools available online and is used to test GUI and functionality of the website. Selenium is easy to get started with and any novice tester can handle it with minimum difficulties. Here are more reasons to select Selenium:

  • Selenium can run on any mainstream browser.
  • Selenium supports tests in many languages such as JAVA, C#, Python, Ruby, Perl and more.
  • Selenium can be operated on your local computer, a third-party cloud server, on a server (with selenium remote) and on set of servers (with selenium grid).
  • Selenium allows testers to write their own tests and run them across multiple browsers.

However, here are certain things to keep in mind when you decide to go with Selenium:

  • Clear Understanding of Vision and Scope of Testing
    A thorough preparation is needed to succeed with Selenium. First of all you need to chart out a testing strategy and for that you need to outline following basics regarding the application– your revenue model, expected user behavior with application and type of browsers they might use and problems experienced with the application.
  • Select An Appropriate Programming Language for Test Automation
    Selecting an appropriate programming language for writing acceptance tests for your website or application is a very important step to consider. It is always a best practice to consult with your application development team and understand their experiences and proficiencies with a particular language. A point to remember: functional knowledge of a chosen language is critical to evaluate the appropriateness of automated tests.
  • Pick an Appropriate Text Editor
    In order to succeed with tests, you need to select an appropriate text editor. If you are a new tester and inexperienced with text editors, it is better to stick with something as basic as Sublime Text editor.
  • Features of a Good Acceptance Test
    While creating new acceptance tests, you should keep these things in mind – tests should be descriptive, autonomous, atomic, should cope up with a test runner and should adhere to version control. Ensure that you create resilient test cases that specify an action or the time.
  • Make it Robot and Human Friendly
    It is important to follow a simple testing architecture that is accessible to robots and humans as well.

    • Simplify test code with set up and tear down actions
    • Create a new spec file and store your tests in it
    • Follow simple tagging
    • Reporting – Junit, XML output (for robots) and screenshot, logs, videos for humans)
  • Scaling
    You can scale automated tests through cloud execution, continuous integration and parallelization.

If you are skeptical about the success of selenium automated tests, Gallop consultants can work with your team to maximize your productivity and returns with automated selenium tests.

Gallop has developed Gallop Test Automation Accelerator Kit (GTAAK) that offers tool agnostic framework, reusable object library as well as guidelines on best practices for automation. Get in touch with experts at Gallop to know more about Selenium Testing.

 

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Top DevOps Tools for the Right Process

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If you are hearing about DevOps for the first time, read more on this link. Others, dive right in!

DevOps brings together the Development and the Operations process to make one great system. There are great minds at work behind the nuances of this revolution. DevOps essentially focuses on a multidisciplinary talent pool to get the Dev and the Ops together. And the result has been a truly magnificent repository of tools. We will have a look at some of them in this blog; but first, the types of tools out there.

Types of DevOps Tools

With DevOps, you have tools based on a script-based model and ones based on a container model.

Script-based model. A Linux user will love the tools whipped up on the script model. An endearing feature is that commands can be saved and run with replaceable parameters. A few tools based on this model are Chef (an open source model), Microsoft’s Windows Azure PowerShell CmdLets and Amazon Web Services’ CloudFormation.

Container model. Why you may like a container model (a.k.a Charm model) is because it allows you to “build up a set of reusable charms that describe application deployment and lifecycle”. This can be run as and when needed, which is of great benefit to cloud providers especially. An open-source project developed by Canonical Ltd. called Juju is one of the tools based on this container model.

The Right Tool

Finding the right tools that fit into your company’s strategy and goals needs some thought. There is no one-tool-that-fits-all out there. What we can talk about are the different DevOps tools that are out there, and let’s do it category-wise for clarity:

Continuous Integration and Configuration management: What tools in this category should enable is a track of changes to the software code base, an archiving and storing of files into a configuration management database, and a seamless solution to version control issues. 5 tools that have achieved this:

  • Chef
  • Puppet
  • Ubuntu Juju
  • Ansible
  • RANCID

Continuous Delivery: This is the process that will get your product moving and you need the very right tools to get this done. Automation of releases is a major part of the DevOps process, and some tools that get it done right are:

  • Capistrano
  • Fabrics
  • Jenkins

Continuous Testing: Tools in this category should essentially enable smooth automation of the testing process. Also included therein, will be the developer tasks like compiling source code into binary and creating documents. Some reliable tools:

  • Ant
  • Gradle
  • Maven
  • Travis
  • BuildHive

Continuous Monitoring: This can be further classified into two types of tools i.e Application performance monitoring tools and Server Monitoring tools. These two come highly recommended:

  • New Relic APM
  • New Relic Server

Adopting DevOps in QA needs realignment of efforts to ensure all test cases are automated in a standardized environment to achieve near 100% code coverage. Discover how Gallop gives you the best of Development and Operations with DevOps testing.

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Top 7 Cloud-based Software Testing tools

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Testing in the cloud brings with it benefits of easy availability, high scalability and low cost. It allows for web and mobile testing in different environments and multiple machines without building your own infrastructure. Needless to say, the rising popularity of cloud testing has given rise to a slew of cloud-based testing tools in the market. Here are some of the hugely popular cloud-based software testing tools.

If you would like to get a new tool added to this list, please let us know through your comments.

 

1. SOASTA CloudTest

It enables four types of test automation on a single web platform – Mobile Functional & Performance testing and Web-based Functional & Performance testing. It can simulate millions  of geographically dispersed concurrent users visiting a website to test the application under huge loads. With real-time analytics & seamless integration between test design, monitoring and reporting, CloudTest enables convenient and efficient testing.

CloudTest Lite is a free version that comes with limited features.

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2. LoadStorm

It is a load testing tool for web and mobile applications. It is easy to use and cost effective. It is ideal to check performance under excessive traffic or usage. It is highly scalable and can simulate as many virtual users as required to find the breaking point of a website or app. Various load testing scenarios are available which are also customizable.

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3. BlazeMeter

It is used for end-to-end performance and load testing of mobile apps, websites and API. It is JMeter compatible and can simulate up to 1 million users. It facilitates realistic load tests and performance monitoring combined with real-time reporting.

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4. Nessus:

It is a widely used vulnerability scanner which can detect vulnerabilities, mis-configurations and missing patches in a range of devices, firewalls, virtualized systems, cloud infrastructure etc. You can use it to detect threats like viruses, malware, backdoors and web services linking to malicious content. For sectors like healthcare and banking, it can also be used to perform compliance auditing. It generates scan reports and remediation recommendations in flexible formats including sending targeted emails.

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5. App Thwack

It is a cloud-based simulator for testing Android, iOS and web apps on actual devices. It is compatible with popular automation platforms like Robotium, Calabash, UI Automation and several others. If you wish to test through clients other than the official site, there is a REST API which allows that. Other key features include  multi-platform support, customizable testing and detailed test reports.

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6. Jenkins Dev@Cloud

It facilitates development, continuous deployment and integration on the cloud. It allows development in many languages and deployment to any number of services. It provides a wide array of mobile tools for development and allows connecting securely to existing systems via the cloud. It brings in benefits of third party systems like Google App Engine, Cloud Foundry and AWS Elastic Beanstalk.

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7. Xamarin test cloud

It is a UI acceptance testing tool for mobile apps. It allows writing tests in C# using NUnit testing library through the UITest framework or in Ruby through the Calabash framework. The tool runs the test on over thousand physical devices and displays full-resolution screen shots of each step, including relevant data like CPU and memory usage and test time. It can be integrated into automated builds for continuous integration.

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View on Demand Gallop’s webinar on security testing tools & get in touch with us to get an expert’s insight into security testing and the various tools available in the market that aid security testing

If you need assistance in selecting and deploying the right tool for your testing requirements, our experts would be more than happy to help you. Contact us.

 

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StormRunner Load – Latest tool in Cloud based Performance Testing landscape

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The steadily increasing access to internet is opening up greater opportunities for companies to create and expand their markets. As applications and software are increasingly being used to establish digital connections with the stakeholders, enterprises are looking for ways to consolidate concurrent user activity and avoid downtimes.

With the deployment of streamlined sales campaigns, spikes in transactions on festival seasons and countless such occasions, analytics driven marketing strategies demand the software and the computer environment to withstand enormous and often steep spikes in engagements. Some of the scenarios include the launch of a much awaited product on an e-commerce portal, the transfer of funds from online bank accounts at the beginning/end of the month and purchase/sale of shares on trading platforms etc.

The rise in such requirements has added a business dimension to load testing because enterprises have realized the importance of ensuring that software withstands the steep hike in user activity. Simulation of workloads through Cloud based Test Tools has been an amazing solution for enterprises which need to generate enormous loads in less time on a project basis.

The launch of HP’s StormRunner Load has added to the existing array of cloud based performance testing tools like BlazeMeter, CloudTest and NeoLoad. A pure play cloud solution for Performance Testing, StormRunner Load is an added advantage to the developers in an Agile environment.

From a business perspective, the tool offers four major benefits:

  1. Reduce effort and skill level: HP StormRunner Load provides easy to record and playback protocol support for Developers and testers with TruClient and TruAPI protocols. Agile teams can quickly automate the user stories and start running performance tests in quick time.
  2. Geographical location simulation: All Cloud based solutions offer simulating traffic from various geographical locations by choosing the LGs. StormRunner Load makes it simpler by just choosing the user load against a geographical location without having the need to calculate the number of load generators needed to simulate the target user load.
  3. Real time Analysis: StormRunner Load identifies the SLA violations and anomalies during the test based on the script, geographical location and elapsed time.
  4. Monitoring Servers: StormRunner can be integrated with monitoring tools like Sitescope to provide the resource utilization on the servers

In addition, StormRunner Load also has business friendly features the include

  • UI which includes a simple workflow of Upload scripts, Design performance tests and Run the tests
  • Scalability for web and mobile testing
  • The options to upload and save performance scripts in the cloud as assets for future use
  • Alerts in the UI which notify whether the script that is uploaded is supported by StormRunner Load or not while uploading
  • Comparison of the test results with previous runs
  • Ability to merge graphs during the  test and confirm the trends
  • Online and Offline defect detection with root cause analysis and anomaly detection

 

This tool falls into place to address a wide variety of business challenges by enabling performance testing in an agile environment which has short sprints and the participation of all the team members across all operations.  With an interactive UI and multiple features, StormRunner Load has the better edge in terms of ease of use by developers or other stakeholders working in an Agile environment.

By far the greatest USP of the tool is the ability to scale to enormous loads across geographical locations and capture analytics executing tests with two compelling parameters: precision and speed.

The opinions expressed in this blog are author's and don't necessarily represent Gallop's positions, strategies or opinions.