Archive for the ‘Tools’ Category

Many times I hear that exploratory testing (ET later) is pure manual testing. But that’s not true. You can use any possible tools to help ET. This is the part one of multiple articles where I present tools which you can use to assist your ET and other manual testing.

What is the purpose of tool? Its main purpose is to release tester to do meaningful tasks. If initializing the test takes more than 1 second and needs to be repeated over and over again, it is preventing the good testing. And tools should be used to remove that kind of obstacles.

Unfortunately often the tool itself becomes the “purpose of testing”. I know that – I am usually doing test automation. It seems that very often the tool itself becomes the obstacle because someone thinks that it is the silver bullet for all testing problems. At that point the tool turns to testing problem.

After short introduction let’s start with very simple case. Let’s imagine we were testing For tester that is really boring case, because every time he wants to do something, he has to login. Easiest way to get around the problem is to get tool to do login. If the case is this simple, I’d take Selenium IDE. It is Firefox plugin which records the test case. After recording it can be played over and over again to get the test to specific point. The screenshot below shows the whole test for login. (Credentials are not real ones…)

Selenium IDE

Selenium IDE script for

Selenium IDE is good for small tasks, but I would not recommend any recording tool for large scale test automation or complex tasks. Its simplicity justifies its use.

I will write later more about tools which can help exploratory and other manual testing styles.


I have started to use cloud based tools to make my life easier. Here’s short list of tools I’m using and how I am using them. There’s most likely plenty of other tools which I could use, but these I use regularly. Do you have any cool tools to share?

Evernote is notebook cloud. It can be used with web browser and desktop application. When using web application, it is very easy store screen shots to there. I love that kind of feature. I have used it for article writing as well as for some blog texts. I can access to it even with my mobile phone. I haven’t done any security testing. You can use desktop application even so that you don’t sync your texts to server. It is also working very well without Internet access.

Yammer is for companies. It is much like Facebook with a lot less features. I have quite good trust to it because I’ve found only a few XSS-bugs. It is totally with https-protocol so it is not vulnerable for BlackSheep. We are using it a lot for internal information sharing of things which are not under strict NDA. It can be used even for free which is nice.

MindMeister is excellent browser based mindmap tool. You can share your mindmaps with others very easily. The access can be restricted to specified MindMeister users or put it to global use and protect it with password. I have really enjoyed it.

Google Docs is wonderful word processor. There is also other tools but I’m using it mostly with text. The best feature is possibility to collaborate. I can edit same text document with other people. I’ve fallen in love to that feature! I had wonderful time write one short story at it with my friend. I was ‘lead writer’ and she were correcting and adding some text. It was very well working. There wasn’t need to mail and have some old version.