I'm always on the lookout for great testing tools but while there are a lot of them, very few of them solve more problems than they create. The only tool I use consistently is SilkTest since it very flexible, but it could be hard to learn for beginners. Only other tool I love is VMWare but that is not exactly a test tool. I have never seen a bug tracking or test case management tool I really liked.
Could anyone share the tools they just love to use or at least the ones that really simplifies their everyday work. It would be very interesting to see if I missed any great products out there.
Have to agree with VMWare being a great test tool. The time that thing can save with test setups is a major help.
Notepad has been my long time friend for jotting things down that i'll need to look over later.
Paint is another fav too. Quick and easy way to paste and edit screenshots for bug reports. I'm sure there are easier, but i'm so used to using Paint and it serves my purpose [img]/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
Edit: Forgot to mention Allpairs as well. A must for efficient test design.
EditPlus - great editor all around; especially for regular expression search and replace
WinMerge - gotta have a good compare tool and it's free.
But for test tools:
Spreadsheet - for tracking it's what I see used the most in small shops and what best in many cases
VPC - it's free now and I think it's always been faster than vmware (I would hope so since it's MS)
Oh, and have you seen the extensive lists and all on aptest? You're right about a ton out there (http://www.aptest.com/resources.html) I have used some static test tools for analyzing code and queries. They aren't much value, but they have some value...and it's cool to be able to see how good the developers are doing with certian things like query optimization and basic coding standards. Don't remember which ones I've used, but I don't see any on the aplist the ring a bell.
Does anyone know of any other good lists like aptest?
"Imagination is more valuable than knowledge." (AE)