am working as a Test Engineer.Till now am on Manual testing only. Now our organisation want to purchase Automation Tools for testing. Our Application developed in Oracle forms 9i. so,anyone can help me for suitable tool for functional testing.....for most prefered tool which is suitable for Application testing which is developed in Oracle Forms 9i....Pls
I am moving this into the Automated Testing forum as it isn't WinRunner specific.
Pawar - there are some excellent books out there related to Automated testing and some even contain ideas on how to determine the tool best for you. One of which is authored by the mod of the Automated Testing Forum and with experience I can say it is an excellent starting point for you.
First determine if you product is stable and ready for automation. There are many past discussions on QA_Forums, just use the old search button at the top.
Then get your testers together along with your immediate manager and do a brainstorm on the requirements needed for a tool. Then put together a Planning and Scope document of your proposals and get buy-in from senior management. Take your requirements list and formalize it then send it to the Vendors of the tools which you think might be applicable for you. Once you have a list of tools, do your own evaluation on the tools, which will require you obtain demo copies of the tools. If you can not get them, they are probably not the tools you want. Ask Vendors for references, contact the customers to see how they use and like the tool. Ask any that might be local, about an on-site demo of how they are using it. Finally have the Vendor do a proof of concept. This might cost you, but it's better than having useless shelfware when you abandon the tool because "it just doesn't work for you".
And last, but not least, hire a tool skilled or certified contractor(commercial or independent), to get you up and running with a suite of scripts that are well documented and insure that he passes on the valuable hints and tips of the tool usage.
Remember automating is development and must be budgeted and planned for similarly.
There are a lot of automated testing tools available, so you'll want to start narrowing it down based on your requirements and experience. Do you need to test on multiple platforms? (does Oracle forms even run on multiple platforms? - I'm guessing it does, but I don't happen to know) What kinds of tests will you be automating? What level of automation experience do you have on your team? Has all of the testing been manual up until now? Do you have a documented testing process? These are just a few of the things you may want to think about as you explore the available options.