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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Bug Tracking Testing Tool Showdown: Bugzilla Vs. JIRA

Our latest Testing Tool Showdown pits two popular bug tracking tools against each other: Bugzilla vs. JIRA.

Bugzilla is a free bug tracking option, and has garnered a 4-out-of-5 rating amongst the uTest Community in our Tool Reviews section of the site. Our testers have cited its ease of use in centralizing bugs, the fact that it’s 100% free, and its “good, stable support” as benchmarks of the high rating.

JIRA, on the other side of the ring, is a paid option, running at $10 per month for its basic issue tracking capabilities. While an incident management tool, it is commonly used for bug tracking as well in developer and tester teams. Our testers especially love its ecosystem of plugins and intuitiveness, despite the steep initial administration curve.

But if we were really concerned about each tools’ individual performance, this wouldn’t be a showdown, would it? If you were to pit these two against each other, which one would emerge victorious? Which Bug Tracking Tool rises above the other?

Be sure to let us know in the comments below!

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#TestingChatter: Your Must-Have Testing Tools

Tools_clipartIn this week’s #TestingChatter challenge, we want to know what the uTest Community’s must-have testing tools are.

We’re talking tools that if for some reason you were on a deserted island that conveniently had Wi-fi or cell coverage…and your phone battery only had limited time to download a couple of tools, these would be the ones you’d gravitate to. Extremely hypothetical, I know, but you see where I’m going with this. We want to know which tools are in your must-have testing kit. The ones you simply couldn’t live without to get…stuff…done.

Tweet your must-have testing tools on Twitter using the hashtag #TestingChatter and we’ll be publishing YOUR tweets and favorite testing tools on the uTest Blog! If you notice that your favorite tools also aren’t in our Tool Reviews, be sure to add yours today to let your peers know all about them.

Web Debugging Proxy Tool Showdown: Charles vs. Fiddler

Web debugging proxy tools are used by developers and testers alike in areas such as capturing HTTP traffic between computer and the Internet, and especially in performance testing to find where site performance bottlenecks are occurring.

Charles Web Debugging Proxy and Fiddler are two well-known tools in this realm, Charles being a paid option, and Fiddler being a free product.

Many developers and testers across the Interwebs have praised Fiddler’s free and “open” nature, specifically the ability to add custom rules to modify requests and responses on the fly. However, based on the scarce data we have for these two tools in our Tool Reviews, it’s pretty hard to draw any firm conclusions from our own tester base on which is best in a head-to-head matchup. So we must ask the question: Who wins the web debugging proxy tool showdown: Fiddler or Charles?

Be sure to sound off in the comments below, and/or leave a review of these tools over at Tool Reviews to spread the good (or bad) word to your fellow testers.

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Screen Mirroring Tool Showdown: Reflector and MyMobiler…Versus the Rest?

Recording the screen of your mobile device is really useful when it comes to testing. It helps clarify the actions leading up to the issue, especially with “in-the-wild” testing. However, many testers struggle with the best method for capturing that bug in video on that particular device or in the clearest way.

Based on reviews, it seems that iOS uTesters love Reflector which will wirelessly display your iPad or iPhone on your computer. Despite the small investment, those who have used the tool would say that it is worth it if you’re looking for a built-in recorder.

For Android users, there is MyMobiler which is a desktop application that allows you to capture the screen or video of your Android device through a USB connection or WiFi. Based on reviews, MyMobiler seems to be the best option if you don’t want to root your device.

Do you use either of these tools? Or do you prefer to use a secondary device to record your screen?

Let us know in the comments!

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Firebug 2 Released Today: Top New Features for Testers and Developers

FirebugFirebug 2 has been released by the Firebug team today and it’s a good opportunity to go over some features that can help web developers and testers in testing their web sites quickly and effectively.

Searching for elements within the page

One of the new features introduced in Firebug 2 is related to element search in the HTML panel. Selenium developers especially often need to find an element that corresponds to specific CSS selector, XPath or regular expression or, the opposite, find what XPath or CSS selector should be used to target a given element. These tasks can be simply performed using Firebug.

When you want to search for DOM elements within the current page, select the HTML panel and use the search field at the right side of the main toolbar.

There are three different expression types the user can use for searching:

  • Plain text – Search by a keyword
  • CSS selector (new in Firebug 2)
  • Regular Expression (new in Firebug 2)

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Testing Tool Showdown: Jing vs. Screencast-O-Matic

Not only in the Tool Reviews section of the uTest site is Jing by far the most popular screenshot and screencasting tool, it’s the one uTest newbies are always directed to first when seeking advice on which tools are best to use for bug report attachments.

Judging by the lack of reviews on other screenshot tools, too, you think they’d have a monopoly on the screenshot tool market, but there are others out there, including Screencast-O-Matic. So this week’s Testing Tool Showdown pits these two screenshot and screencast tools against each other: Jing vs. Screencast-O-Matic.

While I’m inclined to crown Jing champion with reviews that glow — “Simple and very easy to use, and features which help testers in capturing screenshots/video in effective ways” — both tools are free, after all, which immediately makes each an attractive option before getting into the fine details.

Jing vs. Screencast-O-Matic. Which will win? Are neither worthy of a matchup? Sound off in the comments and let us know.

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Cross-Platform Screen Recording Now Available in Camtasia

For those uTesters and testers out there with a Windows desktop at work and a Mac at home….have no fear. Those screen recordings you made for a bug rcamtasiaeport are now completely interchangeable between PC and Mac.

According to TechSmith, the makers of the popular video editing and screencast software (and other wildly popular tools amongst our testers including Jing and Snagit), “recordings made with either Camtasia Studio 8 or Camtasia for Mac 2 will be 100% interchangeable between Windows and Mac using [their] new recording file type: .trec!”

Check out Camtasia for yourself and be sure to also drop a Tool Review of the software if you’ve used it.

In short, no need for any rifts anymore between your PC and Mac.