Schaumburg, IL, USA (one of the many Chicago suburbs)
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What web testing tool do you recommend?
Hope you guys can help here. We are looking to bring in a web testing tool that can handle regression and load testing plus all the other fun web stuff like link testing, ect for a large scale site we are just beginning to design. Its an Intranet site so we will only have to support ie5 and higher. Its architecture is front-end java using ejb's connecting to a db2 database. it should have somewhere between 800 to 1000 users total. Right now we are looking at empirix's etest and eload... any other suggestions or comments regarding empirix?
I would definately recommend LinkScan by a company by the name of ELSOP. We researched for months, free trials, etc. This ended up being the best by far. It can handle java coolmenus (a type of hover navigation) and DHTML as well as several other aspects the other tools can't. Also, or us, a main need was a detailed sitemap and theirs was also superior.
The thing I find most refreshing about this product is the fact that they can adjust to your needs quickly and the customer support is in a totally different league. The bigger companies can keep you waiting a week or more on an outstanding ticket item. LinkScan will get to you that same day. Also, change is very slow with the bigger names and this does not enable them to keep up with the changing web technology that is required to sufficiently test.
People are going to recommend all sorts of names to you when you ask this question. What you really need to do (assuming you haven't already) is ask yourself what your testing needs are and be very specific. Identify your "must haves" of a testing tool and then look from there. You don't want to have these tools dictate what you are going to test.
I suggest taking a look at ParaSoft's WebKing. It's a very thorough Web site testing tool. It covers load testing as well as unit testing: black box, white box, regression and static anaylsis (it enforces coding standards).