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    Comparison between Browser Based Testing Tool and other test tools

    Hi,

    I am a newbie looking for a comparison between browser based testing tools and standalone testing tools and the advantages of using one over the other.

    For e.g., e-Valid is a browser based testing tool where the control is entirely with point and click actions from the browser. Whereas tools like winrunner, silktest, etc are standalone testing tools where the control is not entirely with the web browser.

    Have any of you had a chance to try out both these browser-based testing tools and non-browser based testing tools. What are the benefits of using one over the other ? Please do post your comments.
    Jinsy

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    Re: Comparison between Browser Based Testing Tool and other test tools

    The first advantage/disadvantage that comes to mind is this: are you testing a brower based application? If not, a brower based tool probably won't work for you.

    For example, if you wanted to test SQL Enterprise Manager, a tool that only tests in a brower won't do you much good.

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    Re: Comparison between Browser Based Testing Tool and other test tools

    Hi,

    To test Web 2.0 based applications which one would be the ideal tool - browser based testing tool or non-browser based testing tools.

    If you could list out the benefits. It would be fine.
    Jinsy

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    Re: Comparison between Browser Based Testing Tool and other test tools

    Are there other "browser based" test tools out there besides evalid? its the only one I have ever seen. I played with a demo of it some time back and was thoroughly unimpressed.
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    Re: Comparison between Browser Based Testing Tool and other test tools

    Hi Corey,

    You have said that you tried out e-Valid, but totally unimpressed with it. What made you think so, did it not cater to your application requirements or was it not easy to use ?
    Jinsy

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    Re: Comparison between Browser Based Testing Tool and other test tools

    The decision is based on what you are testing.

    Are you truly testing brower compatability or http compliance? Or are you testing back end?

    The way you approach automtion 'properly' is to identify what you are testing and determine what tool will help you test it. For example, silk performer would be better suited for testing http protocol where as silk 4test is better for browser compatability. Performance (concurrency, iteration) is different then functional. Also, by automating, are you sure you are covering everything? Automation does not catch slight GUI problem that manual testers will. (e.g. Improper screen size, missing fonts, typo's, wrong font size, wrong icon, mismatch icon, bad screen color, bad font/background color match, etc). Also, record-playback is great if the product stays identical. But often with slight change of GUI, everything breaks down and automation spiral into crazy glue job from hell.

    Quite often, a new automation scripter will neglect to realize all the little things that were tested are not with the new GUI tool. And some of the people posting here are OBVIOUSLY sales reps trying to sell tools. (Either OEM'ing or even selling the tools or consulting services.) Automation is a development project on it's own. Do not underestimate the degree of difficult and amount of planning you need. No tool can think for you.

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    Re: Comparison between Browser Based Testing Tool and other test tools

    Originally posted by jinsy:
    You have said that you tried out e-Valid, but totally unimpressed with it. What made you think so, did it not cater to your application requirements or was it not easy to use ?
    <font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica">well.. this was a few years ago and they were touting its ability to be used as a load testing tool, which I thought was completely non-feasible.

    After a few mins using it, my conclusions were immediately proved correct. This sparked a very heated Usenet discussion about it... interesting enough, I just looked in google groups, and the discussion is no longer archived... hmm

    anyways, I just think the whole premise of having a "special test browser" is not a very good idea. I could probably list several thousand reasons for this if I took the time. Also, if it were such a good idea, don't you think other tool vendors would have picked up on it?
    Corey Goldberg
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