Last updated on - August 30th, 2018
“Hey, I am a test engineer and planning to implement automated software testing. Could you please suggest me how to choose right automated software testing tools? What automation testing tools should I choose to automate testing activities?”
Well, that’s one of the important questions, each team should think about it. In this article, we will discuss all the relevant factors which play an important role in selecting the suitable tool.
After reading this article, I am sure you will be able to choose the right automation testing tool for automating testing activities.
Selecting an automation tool is essential step for the test automation. Moreover, selecting a right automation tool is extremely important for productive test automation.
Otherwise, you may not get the good return on investment and your automation solution may not be efficient to fulfill the automation need.
Choose Right Automation Testing Tool
There are a lot of popular automation testing tools available in the market, and it is really important to choose the right automation tool among the options that best suits your overall requirements.
The point to note here is that you may not get automation tool which fulfilled your 100% requirement. You have to identify a tool which best suits your requirement.
Consider these key points before selecting an automation tool:
Platforms and Technology Support
- On what platform you will be running your application?
- What technology is used to build the application?
You should have the correct answer to these questions because every automation tool does not provide support for all technology and for all platform.
Some tools are developed to work only on Windows platform (like UFT) and some tools are designed to work across all the platform like Selenium.
Refer comprehensive list of popular automation tools/libraries with other details like License Type, Supported Platforms, Supported Application Types, and Scripting Languages.
Support for Application Type
- Is your application web based or desktop based?
Like every tool does not support all the technology and platform. Likewise, every tool does not support all the application types.
If you are trying to automate web application then available tools may be different when compared to tools for desktop application.
For example, UFT supports both web-based and desktop based application only on Windows platform, whereas Selenium WebDriver supports only web-based applications across all the platforms.
- Are you targetting multi browsers testing?
It’s important to evaluate whether we can run same automated tests across all the major browsers with multiple browser versions.
The automation tools working mechanism should be intelligent enough to identify the same object or element across all the browsers using same identification properties. However, to achieve sometimes it requires changing few browser settings.
Automation Tool Price
- Is tool price under budget allocated?
- Is it compliance with company policies?
It’s always good to evaluate the price of automation tool. Moreover, not only tool price but the price of additional add-ons (if needed), cost per license, upgrade cost whenever you move to the new version, extended support cost and training cost etc.
You also need to make sure that you are compliant with company policies and budget allocated for the project.
Company policy is important to check because few organizations do not support using open source tools because of security reasons.
If they allow, there must be some secure repository something like Sonatype Nexus to manage all the required dependencies like jars, pom, releases etc with the high-security mechanism.
Types of Testing You Want to Perform
- Are you planning to perform functional testing or non-functional testing?
At a high level, there are two types of testing Function Testing and Non-Function Testing. There are tools which support only functional testing and some support only non-functional testing.
However, there are few tools which support both types of testing.
Support for Mobile Testing
- Are you also looking for mobile testing?
- If yes, which platform: Android, iOS or both?
You can easily get a list of tools which support mobile testing on the required operating system.
However, it is also important to check whether the selected tool supports your application activities like multi-touch activity, long touch and swipe etc.
Supported Scripting Language
- What scripting language is supported by the automation tool?
- Do you have a skill set to work on supported scripting language?
Automation tools do not support all the programming languages to write automation scripts. Tools support only a limited number of programming languages.
You should also make sure that you have an available resource to write scripts in supported programing language.
Code Editor (IDE)
- Does automation tool have IDE?
- Does it support major editor features?
Selected automation tool should have a good code editor that supports all modern code editor features.
Some of the important code editor features are syntax highlighting, code completion, breakpoints, bookmark, script debugger supports, step-over, step-into, the watch, run from, run to, and change variable at runtime etc.
All these features are very important and play major roles to write and debug the script, as your automation framework grows.
Support for Automation Framework
- What type of framework do you need to design?
- Does selected tool support required framework?
Identify automation tool which supports different types of automation framework. Almost all the automation tools support major frameworks like data driver framework, Keyword driver, and hybrid framework.
Vendor Technical Support
- Does tool vendor provide technical support?
Technical support is very crucial if you stuck somewhere while working on the tool. You may encounter a situation where some tools features or configurations are not working as expected.
It’s always helpful to consult tool vendor for resolving such issues. It’s not necessary that internet will help you solve your problem.
For paid tool, you will get dedicated technical support by paying some extra bucks. However, for open source, you may not get such kind of support.
Proof of Concept (POC)
- Have you done POC on the selected tool?
No doubt all the above-mentioned point will help you to choose automation tool that best suit as per your requirement.
However, still, there is no guaranty that selected tool will support your application and its functionalities. No one can assure unless you create proof of concept.
There may be few other factors which help you decide the best automation tool as per your requirements.
Let everyone know what are the other factors you refer while selecting the suitable automation tool.
I hope this article helped you to select right automation tool for your testing activities. Further, you can also read other related articles.
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For Further Reading :
- How to Create a Project in Eclipse
- How Automated Testing Tools Work
- Are You a Technical Tester?
- How to Learn Automation Testing Easily