Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Legacy Industrial Strength Test Software


That's what prompted the phrase above in discussion with my colleague, the idea that these tools were 'industrial' scale heavyweight tools and due to the amount of time they've been around they are getting legacy. In my experience I still hear about these tools (obviously) but on the ground see them less and less.

Many times I get called in to help organisation with using the tools - because they bought them and use say the Test Case management module or no longer use QTP because the automation guy left.

What I'm seeing is more and more interest in lightweight, open source tools for test management and automation. Selenium, Watir, FIT/FitNesse being the usual candidates.

So the question is are the "Legacy Industrial Strength Test Software" tools days numbered? What's the next 1, 2, 3 years going to look like for tools?


Eric Jacobson said...

I think the days of shrink-wrapped apps like QTP are numbered. As are most heavy or expensive apps. Why would I spend several grand on Photoshop when I can get the Gimp for free?

There is an awesome open source version of just about anything one needs these days...except custom in-house apps (shameless plug for my continued employment).

I gave up attempting to purchase software via my company long ago. The red tape is ridiculous. By the time you get the software, you are putting in a request to upgrade it. The other problem is, you're stuck using it. My company wastes thousands on QTP, and I have yet to see someone use it successfully. At least with FIT/FitNesse they wouldn't have lost anything.

gigajobs said...

Agree... these tools are typically pushed into a test environment by slick sales people, and novice managers then become shelfware because they lose support for various reasons licencing, change in methodology etc...

Gone are the days when spending 1000's on a single licence seems feasible..Considering the qualty of opensource tools