I've been asked to gather a comprehensive list of test automation tools. Our plan is to gather a list of about a dozen of the best, tone it down to 2/3 quickly and do a proper evaluation of the remaining couple of tools.
The testing will primarily be GUI on Win32. Testing menu's, dragging and dropping through different windows within a main app window. Nothing too taxing. In the future the product may take on a database, so some performance add on would be nice. The product is still in an unstable state and not suitable for automation for at least another 3-6 months. What we are trying to do is have an automation framework and the procedures in place for when we are ready to choose a tool.
I've got the usual suspects like WinRunner, Rational, Segue (having used this before) and I’ve picked up names like www.automatedqa.com (thanks Rayr_UK) and Compuware. What I want to avoid is someone turning around to me in 6 months after we've done a load of ground work and saying "But why didn't you look at product x?" So are there any other test automation tools for Windows that are a must to look at?
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I did just a search in the subject for those two words and came up with 12 threads here. I'm sure there must be a lot more.
Also check out the links to your left.
Jean James, CSTE
J.James Consulting, Inc. "I deliver what I promise, and I only promise what I can deliver."
From the information you required I honestly think you could save yourself a heck of a lot of time if you just look at Mercury, Rational and Comuware. There are other much cheaperr tools (Vermont High test, Autotester, Testcomplete etc) but these are far and away the market leaders. Other tools out there do offer bits and bobs of added features but the trade off between lack of support and a decent size user base mean that they are usually not worth the bother.
The other main players are Empirix and Segue, but again they really are much of a muchness. Stick to the big three and you can't go facr wrong.