I am currently a QA Engineer proficent in SilkTest.
We have mulitple QA Groups in our company groups and some are trying to avoid using SilkTest since the people in the group do not have the scripting experiance required.
They are looking at the product Certify and there has been much talk going around trying to compare the Tools.
I have only seen a Certify Demo and had access to do a few simple task.
Can anyone who has used both tools give me a comparison. From what I have read there is no scripting required but to me that seems to me some tasks must requiring a scripting knowledge.
How about code reuasability ie function generation.
I have yet to be able to find a forum on Certify, does anyone know of one in existance
We used to have a forum here a while back, but it vanished, maybe due to inactivity. You can do scripting with Certify, it's more of an advanced topic and I'm pretty sure that Worksoft provide a 'under the hood' type class for advanced scripting. The big advantage to Certify is it enables non-automators to be able to take advantage of automation. Do a search on the forums and you'll find more information.
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I have never used SilkTest but have some experience with Winrunner and TestPartner.
I did a POC on Certify a couple of years back. Its big thing is as stated by Corklad that the scripting does not require an automater, it has its own framework built in. It does require though someone that can think in detailed steps and envision what needs to be scripted. My opinion is that a manual tester could easily use and many BAs could use, I still believe it would not be easy for SME's/end users to use.
I do recall there was the ability to code additional functions or whatever they called them to add to the framework. I did not go into this during the POC.
I would probably say as an experience engineer you may not like the tool as you will find it limiting and unless additional functions are required it will not take advantage of your skills.
For the people who are avoiding SilkTest as they do not have scripting knowledge it may work, they will still have to learn how to do the scripting using the framework but unless you run into major resistance to change they should not have a problem with it.
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We are trying to get the best tool with right investment and long term ROI for Test Automation for our company.
We came across Worksoft Certify Tool and they are good at both SAP as well as non SAP applications.
Could you please let us know your experience with the tool and is it worth the investment and how long did it take for ramp up in knowledge of using the tool as well as to automate your applications.
With Silktest, you can create such a framework using Open Agents (either Java or .NET). Again it depends upon the timeline you have/need. You have to balance with core automation team and non-core automation team..