Types of Software Testing Tools
Over the years, XBOSoft has worked with dozens of different software testing tools. Some were licensed or purchased from a test tool vendor, while others have been available from the “open-source” community.
As a company that specializes in providing software testing services, we have learned a thing or two about testing tools. In test automation (Selenium), performance testing (JMeter), and mobile test automation (Appium) we have found that open-source platforms provide the best all-around value combined with the ability to suit a variety of needs.
We chose open-source platforms not because of cost, but because of both their flexibility and capabilities. Depending on how they are implemented, they can be used for simple scenarios or scaled up to meet the needs of testing complex software with needed frameworks that ensure maintainability and extension requirements. Additionally, with a large number of developers dedicated to refining the software through 3rd party plug-ins, there are usually canned solutions either for problems you are encountering or additional functionality that you want to add to the base tool. In this environment, if there are issues with security and quality, the surface quickly and are rapidly addressed. Comparatively, with proprietary software, manufacturers can delay fixes, sometimes for months or indefinitely. Open-source applications can also be tailored in flexible ways as required by the business, another benefit not easily enjoyed by those using proprietary solutions. Finally, open-source solutions have a supporting development community that serves as a valuable resource and are easily integrated with other tools via open interfaces as opposed to closed proprietary systems.
As a company, XBOSoft has chosen to focus on using these three open-source tools in providing solutions and services for our clients: