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Cheap and Free Test Tools
Last Update: Feb 2, 2009
I have been researching sources of test tools that are inexpensive or free. In some cases, you get what you pay for. However, it is possible to automate some or a lot of your testing using these tools. The good news is that the investment at risk is low. If you know of any other tools that belong on this page, please contact me.
I have not included prices, since they change often. Please visit the web sites to get more information on these tools.
These tools help you plan and organize testing.
QA Traq - www.testmanagement.com (Free)
QAtraq provides a central location for all test documentation with full revision control.
Expect - http://expect.nist.gov/
is a tool for automating interactive applications such as telnet, ftp,
passwd, fsck, rlogin, tip, etc. Expect really makes this stuff trivial.
Expect is also useful for testing these same applications. And by
adding Tk, you can also wrap interactive applications in X11 GUIs.
Macro Recorders and Players
These tools capture keystrokes and even create simple scripts that can be replayed.
Macro Scheduler - http://www.mjtnet.com/
(Macro Scheduler is my favorite because of its full-featured scripting language.)
Mouse and Key Recorder - http://www.kratronic.com/recorder/
iOpus Internet Macros - http://www.iopus.com/iim.htm
Macro Express - http://www.macros.com/
ExamDiff and ExamDiff Pro - http://www.prestosoft.com/examdiff/examdiff.htm
Beyond Compare - http://www.scootersoftware.com/
Compare It! - http://www.grigsoft.com/wincmp.htm
Total Commander - http://www.ghisler.com/
WinMerge - http://winmerge.sourceforge.net/
Load and Stress Tools
Web Server Stress Tool - http://www.paessler.com
Open Load - http://sourceforge.net/projects/openload/
VeloMeter - http://www.velometer.com/
Load - www.pushtotest.com
Jmeter - http://jakarta.apache.org/jmeter/
Screen Video Capture
These are great tools to document a test. Screen video is captured and saved in wmv format, which is about 1/10 the size of avi files.Windows Media Encoder - www.microsoft.com FREE - search on the term "Windows Media Encoder" to find it on the Microsoft site.
Test Drivers for Unit Regression Testing
TestMaker 3.3 - http://www.pushtotest.com
NTest for .NET components - http://sourceforge.net/projects/nunit
Article on using NTest - http://www.c-sharpcorner.com/UploadFile/Globalking/nunit01192006034629AM/nunit.aspx
JTest for Java - http://www.junit.org/index.htm
Linux Test Tools
Profession Interactive is a very powerful, versatile, and customizable
Win32 user mode debugger/disassembler.
Syncronize It! - http://www.grigsoft.com/winsin.htm
FolderMatch - http://www.foldermatch.com/
Test Data Generation
This is a really cool web script that you can use for free and even download the script for use on your own server.
More to Come...
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