The software goes through various tests during and after development to make sure it’s as polished as possible before opening it up to general users. With the evolution of agile transforming the role of QA, we’re finding different ways to use tools and leverage them in our software testing processes. QA tools are vital to the success of a testing team. Test management involves a lot of documentation, processes, and collaboration. Traditionally, most – if not all of this – was done using spreadsheets. Today, there are far more efficient, effective, and easier ways to coordinate testing teams and projects.
To begin with, let’s talk about the different types of Software Testing Tools. There is different testing software for different areas of the software development lifecycle.
Here are some of the main types of software testing tools you might encounter during application testing.
Functional Testing Tools
Functional testing can be further broken down into subcategories like unit testing, integration testing, interface testing, beta/acceptance testing, et cetera.
Software testing tools in this category will be responsible for identifying defects before market release, aiding clients in testing their newly delivered software, and/or testing for backward compatibility with older software and compatibility with different web browsers and operating systems.
Non-Functional Testing Tools
Non-functional testing can be further broken down into subcategories like performance testing tools, load testing, security testing, install testing, etcetera.
Software testing tools in this category may be responsible for testing the installation process across different hardware and OS, checking the software for any security issues or possible weak points, and/or testing the load capacity for given software to see if it can handle a given volume of users performing a given volume of actions.
Automation Testing Tools
Automated testing tools are designed to evaluate the expected outcome and compare it to the actual outcome. Automation testing relies on scripts or software that perform repetitive, mundane actions, and report the results. Automated software testing can be used to perform actions that are difficult to replicate manually.
Agile Testing Tools
Agile development is a methodology that designed a product in organized, incremental steps. Therefore, agile testing is a software testing solution that then tests in similar incremental steps, testing features as they are developed.
Our favorite QA tools at Clarika
Now we have discussed the types of software testing tools, we will share our favorite QA tools.
Here’s a shortlist.
Testlink is one of the very few open-source test management tools available for use in the market. It is a web-based tool with typical features like requirement management, test case creation, and maintenance, test runs, tracking bugs, reports, integration with common issue trackers, etc.
Ranked as a Top Automated Testing Software by Capterra, Katalon lets you generate and execute tests on all OSs, browsers, and devices. Codeless test creation for beginners as well as script extension and customization for experts.
Postman offers a web version as well as a desktop app, and can also be used for testing API services. It enables the user to easily share the knowledge with the team.
Bug tracking tools
All IT projects need a bug tracking system.
Jira is a proprietary issue tracking product, developed by Atlassian. It provides bug tracking, issue tracking, and project management functions. According to Atlassian, JIRA is used for issue tracking and project management by over 25,000 customers in 122 countries around the globe.
5. Apache JMeter
This is a 100% pure Java desktop application designed to load test functional behavior and measure performance. It was originally designed for web applications testing but has expanded to other test functions since.
This is a shortlist of the tools we use most often at Clarika. We know that each team is different, and one tool may be more appropriate for different types of testing or different types of software. The right choice depends mainly on the application under test and its technology.
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