QA Testing Tool Recommendations

While ramping up on a new project I like to review all the different tools I have been exposed to on past projects to see if any of them stand out as possibly useful in the new context. Knowing that there are many tools out there, I also reached out to our QA team to see if they have any favorite tools that they would recommend considering:

What is a tool you use for testing that you recommend, and why? What are its basic features and what value does it provide?

Corban McCammon

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One piece of software I have found to be incredibly useful (depending on the client and project’s needs) is Postman. Postman is a Chrome add-on tool that allows developers and QA to test Rest API’s. So in the past I have built out an automated testing suite that used rest endpoints and I needed a way to validate that the JSON I was sending to the endpoints was usable and interacted in the way I had expected. From there I could figure out how to have my automated test do put, post, and gets to validate the information that was sent and returned by previously walking through it via Postman.

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Shannon Burns

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One tool that I find useful is a screen recording software called Open Broadcast Software. This tool is commonly known for live streaming on Twitch or YouTube, but can be used to record testing sessions also. OBS makes recording a screen with or without audio very simple and quick. It is as easy as starting the recording and beginning your testing. If a bug is found during a session, you can stop the recording and re-watch through what the last actions were to figure out what steps caused the issue. This reduces the time spent on figuring out reproduction steps and provides more time for testing.

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Nik Campbell

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WebPageTest.org is a great site for a deeper dive gut check of any webpage. The site gives the ability to choose from a variety of browsers, the connection speed, and world location that the tests should be run from. It provides great information such as the performance load times, detailed load information, screen captures, video, and a scorecard that gives tips on where and how you can improve your site.

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Nate Georgenson

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My introduction to testing was learning T-SQL, so SQL Management Studio is one of my most used tools. I think that getting very familiar with that tool is very important because of how much can be done with it. Other than just basic data validation, someone familiar with the profiling tools built in can do very deep dives into the performance of data calls and find ways to make them more efficient.

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