How to choose the best available types of ALM tools to help you in managing software testing processes?
Occasionally, it seems, that testing tools are as numerous and varied as development platforms. A new generation of tools is appearing every time when we have to work with new language, execution environment and methodology, because there are a need to deal with the singular needs. Some clear winners with massive market share and niche players with original testing solutions are existing in modern testing space.
Management of test:
This is the crucial technology in any quality team’s resources. Such technology allows to:
- Schedule and plan the testing activities;
- Manage the set of tests for a specific application;
- Determine how much testing has been done (and how much of it has been successful);
- Record failures of the test in the “tickets” form, which can be passed on to the author of the code.
The metrics, which can be gathered from these tools, ensure compliance to service level agreements and measure process and quality enhancement.
So as to test an applications, the actions of an end-user are definitely needed to be simulated. Simulation of keystrokes, touchscreen gestures and mouse actions are simulated to check both incorrect and correct usage. There are two categories into which we can divide all the tools: for functionality testing and for load testing. To determine if the application performance degrades when used in the real world, there are tools, which simulate the effect of hundreds and thousands of users.
Code analysis and coverage:
There are two testing forms of a particular importance: black-box and white-box testing. Black-box testing means an application testing without address to reviewing the code. White-box testing includes lifting the lid off the code and analys of all the logical paths. The development of tests is focused on exercising those paths to all extremes of the possible paths through. To determine how much of the code is exercised by any given test, there are a coverage model.
Test cases, which based upon the code analysis, are generated by some of these tools.
A number of key attributes have to be included, when selecting tools. Ideally, it is need to be checked first, that the tools are process-centric. The tool have to be integrated into software development lifecycle. Thanks to that there will be no need to compromise your processes just because of tools. Then choose a tool with a graphical interface, so you will avoid writing endless scripts. Don’t forget to make sure that the tools have an ability to chart, report and log activities. And the last thing is to choose a tool that has an open API, so you can easily integrate it with other tools.