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Silktest vs Smartescript vs <insert awesome tool>
I went through Smartescript, TestComplete and currently looking at Silktest. My personal preference is to build my own automation harness using Ruby and Watir but given the complexity of our system and the variations in work-flow involved, that will take some time (also given the fact that I've been looking at Ruby and Watir for about 48 hours now but was able to write a bunch of Ruby scripts to test out a small feature of one component of one of our products).
It's boiled down to Smartescript and Silktest and I'd appreciate any feedback from users here if you've compared them both (or even separately). Smartescript is rough around the edges but seems to get the job done. My reluctance to use the tool stems from not having control over the code but I have to admit that it's good to crank out test cases quickly. Smartescript support seems to be responsive even though their forums are really barebones and barely 4 pages in. (Another issue for me).
I am not a fan of recorders but Silktest seems to do a decent job with our site and more importantly provides me with a scripting language to use with the recorded "testcase". Also there seems to be a wealth of information on sqaforums about Silktest (I've already found an answer to one of my problems from searching the Silktest section of this forum).
I'll have to pick up 4test but I've coded in C,C++ and Java and picking up Ruby atm - I am certain that scripting in Silktest's language isn't going to be an issue for me. So, please enlighten me with your feedback. Thanks in advance.
Re: Silktest vs Smartescript vs <insert awesome tool>
I know what you are talking about concerning SmarteScript. It is great if you do not write code. Just an FYI, I am beta siting a new product from them called SmarteStudio. You may want to look at it as it generated the code you are looking for and has the record and playback feature. The guys at SmarteSoft have been helpful to me.