I believe, and always try to explore other tools and techniques to find what more we can have to put in test automation. There are various feature that these tool carries with it and we should be aware of them, Wherever applicable we should try to use the other tools rather stick to the one or two specific tools.
However there are many great tools available, I have listed the commonly used five best test automation tools. If you know or have worked on any other tool than these please let us know. Share your experiences with these tools or any other via comments.
(Formerly HP QuickTest Professional)
HP Unified Functional Testing (UFT) software is an automated software testing solution addressing the challenges of constant change in technology and processes. Automation testing is a leap forward in modern applications, and it can dramatically improve software quality while cutting testing costs and complexity even in the most rapidly changing environments. And with its integration with HP Application Lifecycle Management, it significantly enhances developer and tester productivity and collaboration.
Selenium automates browsers. That’s it. What you do with that power is entirely up to you. Primarily it is for automating web applications for testing purposes, but is certainly not limited to just that. Boring web-based administration tasks can (and should!) also be automated as well.
Selenium has the support of some of the largest browser vendors who have taken (or are taking) steps to make Selenium a native part of their browser. It is also the core technology in countless other browser automation tools, APIs and frameworks.
TestComplete is a powerful and robust automated testing tool for mobile, web and desktop applications. Create accurate and repeatable automated tests across multiple devices, platforms, and environments quickly and easily – whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced automation engineer.
When testing today’s modern applications, it’s important that your tools are as agile and flexible as you need to be. TestComplete has the ability to script in multiple languages, supports modern control sets and integrates with popular open source frameworks and tools like Selenium, SoapUI and Jenkins. By giving you the ability to reuse tests across different devices, platforms and environments, TestComplete can significantly increase delivery speed, while helping save costs.
Watir, pronounced water, is an open-source (BSD) family of Ruby libraries for automating web browsers. It allows you to write tests that are easy to read and maintain. It is simple and flexible.
Watir drives browsers the same way people do. It clicks links, fills in forms, presses buttons. Watir also checks results, such as whether expected text appears on the page.
Watir will drive web applications that are served up as HTML pages in a web browser. Watir will not work with ActiveX plugin components, Java Applets, Macromedia Flash, or other plugin applications. To determine whether Watir can be used to automate a part of a web application, right click on the object and see if the View Source menu option is available. If you can view the HTML source, that object can be automated using Watir.
Like other programming languages, Ruby gives you the power to connect to databases, read data files and spreadsheets, export XML, and structure your code as reusable libraries. Unlike other programming languages, Ruby is concise and often a joy to read.