Open Source Load Testing Tools Comparison: Which One Should You Use?

This piece was originally published by our good friends at BlazeMeter – the Load Testing Cloud. Don’t forget to also check out all of the load testing tool options out there — and other testing tools — along with user-submitted reviews at our Tool Reviews section of the site.

Is your application, server or service is fast enough? How do you know? Can you be 100% sure that your latest feature hasn’t triggered a performance degradation or memory JMeter-Response-Times-vs-Threadsleak?

The only way to be sure is by regularly checking the performance of your web or app. But which tool should you use for this?

In this article, I’m going to review the pros and cons of the most popular open source solutions for load and performance testing.

Chances are that most of you have already seen this page. It’s a great list of 53 of the most commonly used open source performance testing tools.  However, some of these tools are limited to only HTTP protocol, some haven’t been updated for years and most aren’t flexible enough to provide parametrization, correlation, assertions and distributed testing capabilities.

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iOS Log Capture Tool Showdown: iPhone Configuration Utility vs. iTools

When capturing system information critical for bug reports and reproducing bugs in action, iPhone Configuration Utility is often used as the default tool for capturing iOS logs. But is the standaiTools_logo_Realrd the best option out there for testers? VSiphone_config_real1

In this week’s Testing Tool Showdown, we’ve pitted the iPhone Configuration Utility against iTools to see which has garnered more support. The former is by far the standard testers within the uTest Community use for log capture, and has earned a five-star average review in our Tool Reviews. Here’s some of what our users have to say:

  • IPCU is handy for installing apps that iTunes has issues with. The console log alone is also a quick and easy way to got the logs you need.
  • I have used this tool many times when needing to grab a console log and overall I have found it works well
  • Lightweight and useful. Hard to beat.

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uTest Announces the Grand Prize Winner of the Ideal Tool Contest

we-have-a-winnerLast month, we asked the uTest Community to submit their ideas for the ideal testing tool – one with a unique feature or that combines some favorite features and functions into one tool. The Ideal Tool Contest was a competition for testers to design a testing tool targeted at the manual functional tester. We also offered one of the largest prize packages in recent history, with over $1,000 in prize money as well as uTest t-shirts.

Voting for the Ideal Tool Contest just wrapped up yesterday and we are happy to announce the Grand Prize winner and the four runners-up. Be sure to leave a comment to congratulate these folks! You can also take a moment to click through and read each of the winning entries.

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Android Screen Mirroring Tool Showdown: Which App is Your Go-to?

Video captured by testers is an integral piece of the puzzle for developers; faster understanding of the problem youmobizen‘re encountering means faster identification the root issue to enact the necessary changes.

If you’ve ever tried to find a screen-mirroring tool for Android, you’ve likely waded through dozens of applications that at first seem like solid solutions, before ending in headaches and time wasted on confusing setup steps. Some even require your device to be rooted, which is no use if you’re participating in testing that prohibits using modified devices!

If only there were a simple way to project what you see on your Android device’s screen to a computer monitor! Alas, there are indeed a few tools you can start using today, but which is the best?

  • Some testers have praised Droid@Screen for its intuitive, user-friendly interface while others down-rate its ability to stream video at a usable rate and its lack of an in-app video recorder.
  • How about Mobizen? Touted as easy to install with good frame rates, yet the input method changes for different applications, resulting in some user confusion.
  • MyMobiler is the go-to for some uTesters, who enjoy its wireless connection and keyboard control during recording but have experienced periodic disconnection problems.
  • Heard of AndroidScreenCast? Some features of the app require your device to be rooted, so do the pros outweigh the cons?

Hop on over to our Tool Reviews section and check em’ out, then tell us what you think! Have any better suggestions for Android screen mirroring apps? Submit them to our Tool Reviews repository and share your hard-earned knowledge.

So who wins the Android screen mirroring tool showdown? Leave a comment below and let’s discuss!

Load Testing Tool LoadStorm Introduces LITE Version

Untitled5Creator of cloud testing tool LoadStorm, CustomerCentrix, today announced that it has released a LITE version of its cloud load testing tool.

This version is designed to be a cost-effective, easy-to-use complement to its enterprise level tool, LoadStorm PRO. According to the company, LoadStorm allows users to set up tests in the web application and run them from the cloud with no hardware to purchase and no software to install. Users will be able to try LITE for free from their site.

Don’t forget to leave a review of LoadStorm if you’ve used the cloud load testing tool in the past, and be sure to check out the complete library of testing Tool Reviews to check out comparable load testing tools and see which is best for your testing team’s needs.

Snagit for Windows Features Every Tester Needs to Know

I used TechSmith’s Snagit before I started working here. I was creating simple screen captures with annotations for my test documentation and reporting defects. The more I used Snagit, the more it became a part of my daily workflow. I discovered that many testers are doing just what I did — using Snagit for those simple screen capture tasks. But it’s far more powerful than that. And the robust features in Snagit are often overlooked because testers find lots of value in the capture experience alone.

To better understand the features that testers love most about Snagit, I turned to our testers here at TechSmith. Who better to give advice on Snagit features than the testers that help make it! Here are the top features of Snagit our testers use to make their work shine.

Video Capture

Video in Snagit? Yep, it’s in there, but you might be wondering why you would want to use it. It can be difficult to describe the complex behaviors of software solely through text. Capturing video of a defect or anomaly in action is a far more powerful demonstration. With video, you can describe the behavior prior to and following an anomaly. Essentially, you’re narrating the defect. And video is extremely helpful when working with remote testers or developers.

To capture a video, simply activate a capture and select the video button:

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New Testing Tools Added to uTest Include Those in Automation, Screen Mirroring

Thanks to our great community, over the past month at uTest, we’ve added more than 30 tools to our ever-expanding library of Software Testing Tools, including those in security, automation and even screen mirroring.

The Tool Reviews section of uTest is your one-stop shop to rate, review and discuss the tools that are supposed to make testers’ lives (hey, that’s you!) easier. Here’s just a small sampling of the tools being talked about by our community over the past 30 days:

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uTest has designed Tool Reviews to be the place where testers can make educated decisions on the tools that may become a part of their daily routine, and to see which tools have won the hearts — or the ire — of their testing peers. If we’re ever missing your favorite test tool, be sure to submit it to us, and we’ll add it right away so you can leave the first review!

Three Essential Features for Test Management Products

Note: The following is a guest submission to the uTest Blog from Nicole Abrahams.

You don’t need us to explain to you the importance of working with a test management product that not only gets the job done, but is a pleasure to work with on an ongoing basis.checklist

Managing the software testing process is by no means glamorous work, and moving between different test procedures, although interesting, certainly isn’t the most exciting activity programmers ever get to do. But it’s an essential activity, and when you’re looking through all the test management products on the market today, it’s within your best interest to find one that not only looks great, but which displays the three essential features listed below.

Whether you’re an amateur tester or you’ve been working in this field for many years, three essential features you should look for (and ask about) before purchasing any test management software are:

Ease of Use

One feature you should look for in a test management product above all else is: How easy is the tool to use? It may sound obvious, but the easier a particular test management product is, the more inclined you will be to use it on a frequent basis, and the shorter the learning curve will be when moving over from another, similar tool.

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Top 10 Most Popular Testing Tools at uTest Include Jing and Firebug

Tools_clipartThe Tool Reviews section of the uTest Community is not only the testing world ‘App Store’ equivalent for its library of tool submissions and reviews, but a section of the site that tells a story. OK, so maybe it’s not a Disney-esque story filled with fairies and unicorns, but it is nonetheless a rich story of the tools that draw the most praise from…and ire of…our community of testers.

Here are the top 10 most reviewed tools at uTest Tool Reviews in the uTest Community based on the number of review submissions:

  1. Notepad++
  2. Jing
  3. AirDroid
  4. Firebug
  5. Reflector
  6. Snagit
  7. QuickMark
  8. Camtasia
  9. iPhone Configuration Utility
  10. Android Debug Bridge

Don’t see yours on the list? Be sure to add a review for your favorite testing tool today, or add the tool to our library if your peers have not!

Top Tweets of ‘Your Must-Have Testing Tools’ Include…A Hammer?

Our latest #TestingChatter challenge on Twitter asked for your tweets in response to the question: What are your must-have testing tools? Our uTesters delivered, and shared some of the tools that they use the most to get the job done. Here’s some of the top responses from the past week:

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