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Smart Testers List of Testing Tools - Part 2

Here is recommended list of some of the tools which I have used in my career and found very useful in performing day-to-day testing activities. I'll post a comprehensive list of Mobile Testing Tools VERY SOON!!

BUG Management Tools

  • Eventum: Eventum permits to create and list issues, but also to get statistics and reports. Can be customised to use for any needs product backlog, system admin helpdesk, bug reporting, etc..
  • MantisBT: Mantis permits to create and list issues, but also to get statistics and reports. 
  • JIRA: JIRA is the project tracker for teams planning, capture and organize issues, assign work, and follow team activity. This is not free and costs 300$/mo for 100 users.

Agile Project Management Tools




Automated GUI Regression Testing Tools

Unit Testing / Code Re-factoring Tools

  • N-Unit: NUnit is a unit-testing framework for all .Net languages.
  • ReSharper: ReSharper is a renowned productivity tool that makes Microsoft Visual Studio a much better IDE. ReSharper has features such as code inspections, automated code re-factorings, fast navigation, coding assistance, generation of common code, internationalization assistance, unit test runner, etc.
  • FxCopFxCop is an application that analyzes managed code assemblies (code that targets the .NET Framework common language runtime) and reports information about the assemblies, such as possible design, localization, performance, and security improvements. Many of the issues concern violations of the programming and design rules set forth in the Design Guidelines, which are the Microsoft guidelines for writing robust and easily maintainable code by using the .NET Framework.
  • StyleCop: StyleCop analyzes C# source code to enforce a set of style and consistency rules. It can be run from inside of Visual Studio or integrated into an MSBuild project. StyleCop has also been integrated into many third-party development tools.
  • CodeReviewer: CodeReviewer is a simple-to-use tool that comes with a number of features to make code reviews easier – and pain free. Enables
    - Asynchronous Reviews
    - User Threaded Contextual Chat
    - Real-Time Chat
    - Test and Diff Files Locally
    - Defect Tracking & Management
    - IDE & SCM Integrations
    - Easy Deployment & Administrations
    - Simple Reporting
    - Support

WebServices Functional Testing Tools

  • Soap-UI: SoapUI is a free and open source cross-platform Functional Testing solution for Web-Services
  • AlertSite API Monitoring ToolAlertSite for API Monitoring is a free tool to monitor your most important APIs and make sure that critical functionality performs as expected. It brings together AlertSite's market-leading web performance monitoring with SoapUI, the world's most popular pre-deployment testing tool, for an integrated tool kit that ensures API quality pre- and post-deployment

Application Monitoring Tools

  • CACTI(GNU General Public License) :Linux/Unix OS monitoring tool,monitors CPU Usage, Memory Usage, Processes per users, Load Average for any given interval. It can also monitor any number of hosts. It is used to monitor testing servers during performance tests
  • AWStats(GNU General Public License) :Open source web analytics reporting tool, used to analyze web traffic statistics during performance tests (Number of Visits, Number of Pages per visit, Number of Hits per visit, Bandwidth/Throughput, Visits Duration, Web Compression ...)
  • AlertSite API Monitoring ToolAlertSite for API Monitoring is a free tool to monitor your most important APIs and make sure that critical functionality performs as expected. It brings together AlertSite's market-leading web performance monitoring with SoapUI, the world's most popular pre-deployment testing tool, for an integrated tool kit that ensures API quality pre- and post-deployment
  • DejaClick™AlertSite's cutting edge transaction recorder, DéjàClick™, makes it simple to monitor web pages and transactions. Simply record the steps in a transaction that you'd like to monitor-- no complex scripting required. Because DéjàClick™ is browser-based, it gives you a true browser perspective of performance.
Configuration Management Tools
  • TortoiseSVN: Interface to SVN version control
  • Subversion : Subversion is a free/open source version control system (VCS). That is, Subversion manages files and directories, and the changes made to them, over time. This allows you to recover older versions of your data or examine the history of how your data changed.

Continuous Integration Tools

  • Jenkins : Jenkins is an open source continuous integration tool written in Java. It provides continuous integration services for software development. It is a server-based system running in a servlet container such as Apache Tomcat. It supports SCM tools including CVS, Subversion, Git, Mercurial, Perforce, Clearcase and RTC, and can execute Apache Ant and Apache Maven based projects as well as arbitrary shell scripts and Windows batch commands. 
  • Hudson : Hudson is a continuous integration (CI) tool written in Java, which runs in a servlet container, such as Apache Tomcat or the GlassFish application server. It supports SCM tools including CVS, Subversion, Git, Perforce, Clearcase and RTC, and can execute Apache Ant and Apache Maven based projects, as well as arbitrary shell scripts and Windows batch commands.

Server-Side Performance Testing Tools

  • JMeter: The Apache JMeter™ desktop application is open source software, a 100% pure Java application designed to load test functional behavior and measure performance
  • Load-UI: LoadUI is a Open Source Load Testing solution that is free and cross-platform. This can be used to perform website and web-services load testing and can be integrated with SoapUI

Client-Side Performance Testing Tools

  • Firebug : Client-Side performance testing can be performed as its net panel enables to view the web-page components loading & rendering, timings, byte size, time taken, hostings, types of connection activities, including JS, images, css, html, AJAX requests, header info, cache info, http errors. Helps to inspect elements so that you can get a “feel” for how the web page is constructed. This enahnaces the test efforts as testers can provide valuable insights to developers on performance improvement points.
  • Firefox Throttle(Free License): Firefox Add-on (compatible to lower versions of FF v3.0.* only). It helps to simulate various internet speed (T1 to 56Kbps) to analyze the page performance in combination of Firebug.
  • Google's Page Speed: Firefox/Firebug Add-on. Helps to evaluate the performance of web pages and to get suggestions on how to improve them.
  • YSlow(License): YSlow analyzes web pages and suggests ways to improve their performance based on a set ofrules for high performance web pages. YSlow is aFirefox add-onintegrated with theFirebugweb development tool
  • Extended Status Bar: Firefox/Chrome Add-on to record page speed, percentage, loading time and size
  • Otherwebsite speed and performancetools:

Compatibility/Mobile Testing Tools

  • User-Agent Switcher: Firefox/Chrome Add-on: The User Agent Switcher changes your user agent to spoof other devices and/or browsers. It adds a menu and toolbar button on Firefox. Various user agents can be imported to quickly configure and mimic OS/Browsers. 
  • Crossbrowsertesting.comCross browser compatibility testing across browsers and operating systems. Automated screenshots and Live browser testing of ajax, css & javascript. Mac OS, Mobile OS such as iOS, Android, iPAD, Tablets, Linux OS & various browsers are also available for compatibility testing.
  • PerfectoMobile : The MobileCloud is a 100% web-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform enabling testers and developers to easily access multitude of REAL mobile handsets and tablets connected to LIVE mobile networks spread in different geo-locations.
  • IETester: IETester is a free WebBrowser that allows you to have the rendering and javascript engines of IE10, IE9, IE8, IE7 IE 6 and IE5.5 on Windows 8 desktop, Windows 7, Vista and XP, as well as the installed IE in the same process.

IDE / Code Editing Tools

  • Notepad++ : Notepad++ is a free source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License.
  • EditPlus : EditPlus is a text editor, HTML editor, PHP editor, Java editor and Hex Viewer for Windows. While it can serve as a good Notepad replacement, it also offers many powerful features for Web page authors and programmers.
  • MonoDevelop : MonoDevelop is a free thin-client cross-platform IDE primarily designed for C# and other .NET languages. MonoDevelop enables developers to quickly write desktop and ASP.
  • VisualStudio : Microsoft Visual Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) from Microsoft. It is used to develop console and graphical user interface applications along with Windows Forms or WPF applications, web sites, web applications, and web services in both native code together with managed code for all platforms supported by Microsoft Windows, Windows Mobile, Windows CE, .NET Framework, .NET Compact Framework and Microsoft Silverlight.
  • VBSEdit : VbsEdit, the award-winning VBScript editor that dramatically reduces the time you spend writing. The evaluation version never expires.

Video Recorder / Screen Capture Tools

  • Jing Simple, Free and Light-Weight, Record and Capture, Easy Sharing. Select any window or region that you would like to record, and Jing will capture everything that happens in that area. From simple mouse movements to a fully narrated tutorial, Jing records everything you see, and do. Jing videos are limited to five minutes for instant, focused communication. Very helpful for testers to record the bugs on screen and provide to developers to reproduce following the steps shown in video.
Meeting Recorder / Screen Sharing / Online Meeting Tools
  • JoinMe : combines instant screen sharing and powerful meeting tools in an app that anyone can use to present, train, demo or concept. is designed to be intuitive and accessible, providing features that you'll use every day for everything from show-and-tell to formal presentations. It allows free screen sharing, internet calling, chat, send-files, etc. upto 10 participants in the meeting.
  • Skype / NetViewer / TeamViewer and GoToMeeting are various other tools which can be used for such purposes.

Useful Firefox/Chrome Add-ons

  • ColorZilla: ColorZilla for Firefox/Chrome is an add-on that assists web developers and graphic designers with color related tasks - both basic and advanced. With ColorZilla you can get a color reading from any point in your browser, quickly adjust this color and paste it into another program.
  • Fireshot : FireShot integrates with Firefox, Google Chrome, IE. FireShot can capture web pages entirely providing a high quality output. It's also possible to capture a selection or just a visible part of the web page, edit, and store from Fireshot menu options.
  • MeasureIT : This add-on will tell you the height and width of anything you want to measure in a webpage. Now, you might want to know how this help? This helps if you want to check the image size. Example: In requirement document the customer has said he / she needs image of 90 x 89 and this add-on can help you in doing that. You just need to activate the add-on and use your mouse to mark the area of the image or anything and you will get the height and width.
  • Firesizer : Provides a menu and status bar to resize the window dimensions to a specific size.
  • TotalValidator : Total Validator is an (X)HTML validator against W3C standards, an accessibility validator, a spell checker, and a broken links checker all rolled into one tool allowing one-click validation of your website / webpage.
  • Behind the Asterisks : This add-on reveals the password which means it shows the characters behind the asterisks. Look at the below screenshot. Suppose there is a maximum length of password characters allowed for a password text field and after the visible area of text field you do not know if your characters are being typed or not as you just see asterisks and you cannot differentiate as all the characters are asterisks. Now, you can use this add-on to see those characters and see if your characters are really being accepted or it had reached the deadend.
  • CheckFox : This add-on is helpful in checking / unchecking multiple checkboxes in a webpage. Example: There are 100 checkboxes in a webpage and you need to test them. Now, you cannot spend time in checking those 100 checkboxes one by one. And also there is no Global checkbox for checking all checkboxes. Now, you need not wait till the developer get that global checkbox for you to test. So, using CheckFox add-on you just need to drag the mouse and leave it where you want to stop checking / unchecking the checkboxes. Now, right-click and choose check / uncheck. So, now you see that how easily you can check / uncheck many checkboxes in very few seconds instead of few minutes.



About the Author

Amit Agnihotri, Agile coacher, Scrum Master and Test Manager, located in India, review his LinkedIn profile.




Great compilation! Can always use this list as a reference point.

this is a great article. Thank you Amit


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