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How should I identify the best open source test automation tools / frameworks for my project?

Posted on: 20 July '10

This is a common question I hear from many testing professionals and customers. The question further becomes complex with the introduction of open source in it given the complexity in identifying a test automation tool that is best for the project.

I am listing down a few best practices in identifying a right open source test automation tool / framework for your project:

– Identify categorically the nature of application under test say, thin client / thick client / web Services.

– Prepare a checklist of features that the open source tool should support, ensure that the automation objectives met or not.

– Identify the open source / freeware tools that best suits your automation objective, say Selenium-Grid / TestNG for creating concurrent test script execution.

– Perform a functional automation tool evaluation (for details refer tables below), this mechanism for test automation projects is to correlate, identify the best fit single / multiple combinations of open source tools that maps your automation objectives.

Tool evaluation provides a comprehensive overall-weighted score, with which we can clearly identify the best possible combination and as a best practice we ensure to architect the framework with a combination of open source tools.

In my next blog I will provide an exhaustive list of criteria that will help you better evaluate the tool and align it with your need.

Ramanath Shanbhag

Ramanath heads the CoEs & Test Labs within the Testing Practice. He has 16+ years of experience in Innovation (Labs), Delivery Excellence and Assurance, and Process Standardization. "Under his leadership, Mindtree has become a leader in Test Automation, Performance Testing and Cloud Testing. He is known for his passion about Testing and has published many technical papers in leading conferences and journals", Krishnakumar Natarajan, CEO, Mindtree Ltd. The Test Automation solutions being developed by his team are one of the best in the industry. He is known for his passion about Testing and has published many technical papers in leading conferences and journals. He is working towards creating a world class Software Testing Organization, and wants to be known as an innovative Thinker and Solutionist. He is an advisor to clients with an exceptional ability at connecting the dots. He has architected award winning plug-and-play framework for Software Test Automation. He is active in various testing forums having presented / published several Whitepapers, Technical Articles, Lightening Talks, and Blogs (e.g., GTAC, Silicon India STC, QAI, STeP-IN, electronicsweekly.com, HP Discover, IBM Executive Summit, etc). He also works towards promoting organic growth in-line with the company's competency framework through effective training and talent transformation programs. He has expertise in incubating complex projects, and growing those engagements into large teams through delivery excellence and value-additions. He has been successful in growing many projects into multi-million dollar engagements. Prior to joining Mindtree Ltd., he has worked with prestigious companies like Aditi Technologies, Microsoft Corporation, and Accord Software (a consultant to HP).