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Automation Testing (Series) – Chapter 2 – Tools

Automation Testing Tools

In this chapter, we will look into some of the major software automation tools used in IT industry. This provides you an ability to determine how to select best tool for your project or team.


We all know that the IT industry is moving towards automating as much of testing as they can. They are launching numerous automation tools in the market serving various purposes. Below are some of the most popular automation tools that majority of the companies are using.


– Is an open source.

– Strong tool to test web applications.

– Users can record and playback scripts.

– Supports many programming languages to write test scripts. E.g. Java, C#, PHP, Ruby, Perl, etc.

– Supports simultaneous test execution. This helps in reducing the execution time.


– Strong tool to test GUI and API.

– Easy to convert manual scripts into automated scripts.

– Integration with Continuous Integration tools like Jenkins.

– Supports Mobile testing.

– Built with enhanced debugging features.


– Strong tool to test desktop, web, and mobile applications.

– Supports number of major programming languages.

– Record and playback feature is available.

– Supports cross browser testing.

– In built real time test reports.

– Integrates well with tools like Visual Studio.

– Supports simultaneous test execution. This helps in reducing the execution time.


– Supports object programming languages to write automated scripts.

– Excellent writing and debugging capabilities.

– Facilitates automating desktop, web, WPF, and more applications.

– Supports only IE browser testing.

– Supports all the features that Visual Studio supports.


We are rating, below, the automation tools. It is based upon various features they carry respectively. The rating is based upon our personal experiences and nothing else. So, these might be different as per people’s experience.

Rating Automation Tools

These are only few of the major parameters we have used to rate. There are many other parameters you need to look into as well. That will help you find best tool for your project. This brings an essence of the next topic.


– Identify the technology and code base used by your application and go with the tool that supports it. For example, you might need to select a particular automation tool if your application uses .Net compared to the application that uses C#.

– You might need to select a particular automation tool based upon whether your application is desktop or a web.

– Identify the core skill set of the team. It is essential to select the automation tool that your team is comfortable with.

– Select the tools based upon the abilities it carries to test various dimensions of testing.

– You need to consider functionality testing, security, performance, load, etc.

–  You need to consider the mobile testing capabilities, if needed.

– Analyze whether the automation tool can be leveraged to create automated reports after the execution.

Overall, automation tool for a particular project should be taken into consideration analyzing from various dimensions. Do a proper ROI (Return On Investment) analysis as well. And, get the best tool for your team that meets your project needs, team skill set, and financial abilities.

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