As a QA manager or director of a Testing Center of Excellence (CoE), you likely are always on the hunt for continuous testing processes that can help you deliver quality software more rapidly. Let’s look at some of the most popular open-source resources available today.
Popular Open-Source Tools for Continuous Testing
- Jenkins is a popular tool and automation server for continuous testing. It is written in Java, so it supports almost all platforms and programming languages. It also is easily extensible, with more than 1000 free plugins for integration with almost any tool you can think of. Jenkins checks the availability of new code changes, creates builds and provides immediate feedback to developers.
- Appium is an automation-testing framework that uses the WebDriver protocol to test all kinds of mobile apps (native, hybrid and mobile web) on Android, iOS and Windows, using simulators, emulators or physical devices. It gives you access to APIs and supports the majority of programming languages. One of the key advantages of Appium is that it doesn’t require modification or recompiling of source code in order to automate application testing.
- Apache JMeter™ is an open-source load and performance-testing tool that enables testing of both static and dynamic resources, with rich visualization and personalization capabilities. JMeter is easily extensible with plugins and can be integrated with most popular CI tools. One of its key advantages is its scalability, i.e. you can distribute high loads across several remote hosts. Also, JMeter supports a wide range of protocols, such as HTTP, TCP, SOAP, SMTP, LDAP, POP3, JDBC, FTP, JMS, etc.
- Taurus is another automation framework for continuous testing that can be used to create test scripts from scratch and to provide an extended interface to JMeter, Selenium and other tools. It provides multiple test output formats, including JUnit and the format used by your underlying tools. If you want to extend visualization and analysis of test results and to create and manage Selenium, JMeter and Taurus scripts centrally, you may want to adopt Taurus.
- Cucumber is an automation framework that uses a behavior-driven development (BDD) approach for acceptance tests. It can be integrated with Selenium WebDriver and Jenkins for more effective communication between business and technical stakeholders. Cucumber enables you to write tests in plain English and use them as a specification.
- TestNG is a framework mostly used for unit testing. But it also can be used for other levels of testing, such as functional, integration and end-to-end. It is an alternative to JUnit, with some additional functionalities.
Popular open-source tools may be a perfect choice since they can cover most of your testing needs and are supported by a wide and active user community. It is critical, though, that you take steps to make those open-source tools enterprise ready. You’ll need scalability, comprehensive reporting and automated test flows in order to ensure continuous quality controls across diverse projects. Read on to learn how to knit them into a single, seamless, enterprise-ready test infrastructure.
Prepare your Open-Source platform to be Enterprise Ready
When selecting open source-based tools for continuous testing, you need to consider what a continuous delivery and deployment pipeline entails. How will you adapt new tools to your test automation environment and integrate them with the tools you use today?
Companies adopting CA BlazeMeter have an easy way to make open-source tools enterprise ready. Test Center of Excellence need to consider these 5 points, to make sure that they are Open Source, Enterprise Ready:
1. Broader Test Coverage. With open-source compliant BlazeMeter, your CoE can easily decentralize testing and broker test coverage across the business. You can overcome QA bottlenecks and avoid the high cost of rectifying bugs in production by giving Agile development teams the resources they need to test early and often in the same language they use for development. No special skills are required.
2. Self-Service Test Creation. BlazeMeter makes test creation self-service. Everything in the user interface is “load and go,” with no proprietary languages to learn. You can give each Agile team its own dedicated workspace where they can run performance, functional and API tests from a single, integrated toolchain with zero platform dependencies. Developers will be able to build better applications and do it faster.
3. On-Demand Scalability. BlazeMeter helps your Test CoE overcome LoadRunner’s limited load-generation capacity. You can upload tests and emulate network conditions on demand across multiple geographies, with no test lab required. Your Test CoE can scale up to two million virtual users in an instant and can test multiple projects concurrently.
4. Single-Pane Business Insights. BlazeMeter lets you consolidate and share reports generated within each dedicated testing workspace. You can quickly find bottlenecks using rich, interactive graphs. Simply analyze results online or download critical metrics, including response time percentiles, bandwidth and errors. You can track trends from multiple builds and can collaborate and share interactive test results and graphs with teammates or other stakeholders — keeping everyone on the same page.
5. Continuous Quality Engineering. BlazeMeter’s built-in editor lets developers write tests in simple syntax and describe a full-blown script in about ten lines of text from their local development environment of choice. They can define and execute small-scale tests from their local machines, and then seamlessly switch and run tests at scale on virtual machines in the cloud. Your Test CoE can reuse these scripts with other CI tools through a plug-in architecture – easily accelerating test automation and building out the tool chest you need to ensure quality across your continuous delivery pipeline.
Take the Next Step
Start your continuous testing journey today by requesting a free BlazeMeter demo. We also encourage you to join the Apache JMeter™ Training Academy to learn tips and techniques that can save time and help you work more efficiently in an open-source environment. To learn more, visit www.blazemeter.com/shiftleft.
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