Open source tools that are available these days have evolved a lot and are much better now. They can be customized easily as per your requirements. Open support forums provide you a platform to learn and overcome their shortcomings. Since these tools do not cost you anything and can be downloaded for free this helps keep the budget in check. Let us take an example of an application in which 10% of the flows cannot be automated using an open source tool and can be done using only by purchasing a licensed tool. If we are able to automate the 90% of the flows the 10% remaining part can be verified manually hence bringing down the cost of acquiring the licenses and savings in the overall project cost.
Open source tools always help automation testing experts in reducing the cost of the product. We all now see that companies are cutting development and testing budgets and still demanding a high quality product. This is the time when testers seek cheap solutions and hence open source tools come into light. Mostly open source tools offer better quality, reliability, and flexibility lower cost. One such tools that I used in my projects is Soap UI that allows invoking, developing web services and inspecting. The tools can easily be integrated for load and functional testing and is almost free of cost.
“Businesses today require faster time-to-market for their software products without significant expenditures in testing tools and open source tool helps to reduce the cost of automation testing.
Open source tools:
• Lower total cost of the project,
• reduce dependencies on specific toolset,
• One can customize the tool as per requirements.
In market there are various automation tools available for software testing, and they can be used in different areas of testing. This are the following tools to assist software testing:
• Capture/playback tools,
• Tools for automated execution of tests,
• Coverage analyzers,
• Test case generators,
• Logical and complexity analyzers,
• Code instrumentation tools,
• Defect tracking tools and test management tool. ”
The basic idea behind open source is very simple: When engineers can study, reorganize, and adjust the source code for a part of software, the software evolves. Engineers advance it, adjust it, and fix bugs. We in the open source community have learned that this speedy evolutionary procedure produces improved software than the traditional closed model, in which simply a few engineers can observe the source and everyone else must blindly apply it.
The most famous illustration of open source software in well-known commercial use is the Linux operating system. Other examples include Apache Tomcat, MySQL and Bugzilla.
In market there are various automation tools available for software testing, and they can be used in different areas of testing.Businesses today require faster time-to-market for their software products without significant expenditures in testing tools and open source tool helps to reduce the cost of automation testing.
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