Keeping up with software testing tools and trends means you are ahead of your competitors.

Do you think you know the effective tools and trends that can improve software quality?

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2018 is finally upon us. It’s hard to believe how many technologies were introduced just in the past few years. This year, it’s going to be tougher and far more challenging for software developers. But fortunately, you will have far better tools for software testing to cope with the development tasks’ quality.

Testing is a mandatory component of overall software development. And if this year, you want to enhance your process and bring the best to the table for a successful outcome, consider what’s new in software testing.

So to help you stay up-to-date, here are software testing trends and tools that you must focus on this year.

Software Testing in 2018
Software Testing tools and trends in 2018

(For quick summary of Software Testing tools and trends, scroll down to the infographic) 

Open Source Testing Tools

Testing is best done through specific tools that offer specific features. Various open source tools allow you to publish software and measure the performance of its various features.

Some of the most popular open source testing tools include:

  • JMeter (for web load and performance testing)
  • Multi-Mechanize (for load and web performance testing)
  • Grinder (for Java load testing)
  • Capybara ( to check how users will interact with web application)
  • Selenium (web app testing)
  • Open STA ( Open systems testing architecture)
  • WebLoad (load generation engine for web applications)
  • Pylot (tests web application’s scalability and performance)
  • Windmill ( for general web testing)

Testing Center of Excellence (TCOE) Framework

TCOE framework can be utilized in different phases of development to measure reliability, scalability, availability, and stability of the web and mobile applications.

Security Testing

Security testing is important to find the weaknesses within the security mechanism of the web application. Weaknesses can create loopholes that can lead to information loss, monetary loss and in some cases, it can impact your company’s reputation by exploiting sensitive customer and user data.

Security testing ensures that the following attributes are present in the web application:

  • Confidentiality
  • Proper Authorization
  • Integrity
  • Resilience
  • Authentication

In simple words, security testing ensures that web application has all the security features that can guarantee protection from hackers and misuse of company’s data.

Digital Testing

Digital technologies have made digital testing a necessary component of software development life cycle. This allows you to create applications that deliver quality user experience across different technologies.

Most common digital testing tools include:

  • Adobe Test and Target (to measure customer experience of a web application)
  • Montetate (for A/B testing)
  • SiteSpect (for optimization testing)
  • Visual Website Optimizer (for testing web application’s overall digital experience)
  • Optimizely (for both web and mobile testing)

Utilizing digital testing tools in the software development process can help you optimize your site for more conversions.

Mobile Testing

As the name suggests, mobile testing allows you to measure the usability of a mobile app to increase user base and measure app’s performance.

The most common mobile testing tools include:

  • Appium
  • Calabash
  • Frank iOS
  • EarlGrey
  • Keeitfunctional
  • Selendroid
  • Monkey Talk
  • Egg Plant
  • Ranorex
  • Robotium

Big Data Testing

Big data includes large chunks of development data that cannot be processed easily. Big data testing tools allow you to process large databases through different techniques, tools, and frameworks so it can become usable. For Big Data testing, there are different tools designed for different scenarios.

Tools for NoSQL: CouchDB, Hbase, DatabasesMongoDB,  Redis,Cassandra, and Zookeeper. 

Tools for Data Storage: Hadoop Distributed File System and S3.

Tools for Data Processing: Mechanical Turk, R, Yahoo! Pipes, BigSheets and Datameer.

Tools for Servers: EC2, Elastic, Heroku and Google App Engine.

Tools for MapReduce: MapR, Hadoop, Cascading, Hive, Pig, Oozie, S4, Flume and Kafka.

Cloud Testing

This year, cloud testing will have more focus than any other testing techniques. As the cloud applications increase, the need for testing for scalability and redundancies increases. With cloud testing methods, it is easy to measure the progress of cloud-based services. Some of the most common cloud-testing tools include:

  • SOASTA CloudTest
  • LoadStorm
  • Nessus
  •  BlazeMeter
  • App Thwack
  • Xamarin test cloud

AI Testing

AI testing allows software engineers to use multiple approaches to measure various web app mechanisms that include quality quantification, sequence generation, and system reliability.

Some of the automation tools used for AI testing include:

  • ReTest
  • Applitools
  • Sealights
  • Mabl
  • SauceLabs
  • Testim
  • Test.AI

IoT Testing

IoT testing plays a crucial part in measuring the performance of IoT enabled applications. Today, almost every application is connected to IoT. So IoT testing becomes mandatory in order to ensure that the services deliver adequate progress.

IoT testing ensures:

  • Efficient M2M (machine to machine) communication.
  • Efficient integration of IoT enabling technologies
  • Proper support for enabling technologies.

Agile Testing

Agile testing follows the core principles of agile software development. In the testing phase, all experts of the team contribute toward the testing process to ensure that each aspect of the project delivers value expected by the customer. Agile testing is done in intervals at each phase of the development stage.

Here are some of the most effective open source Agile testing tools in the market:

  • Selenium WebDriver
  • Jmeter
  • SoapUI
  • WireMock
  • VirtualBox
  • Selenium Grid
  • Appium
  • XMind
  • Cucumber

AI and IoT testing are going to be a big part of software development process this year. IoT enabled applications are growing widely with influence on almost every industry, which means that IoT testing will gain even more popularity than the last couple of years.

We have summarized everything for you in this infographic. Peruse below:

software testing tools and trends
software testing tools and trends

Following the right and up-to-date software testing tools and trends can help you create a solid strategy for quality assurance.

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