I know SOATest is more toward API-driven applications. However, you can use NR Synthetic to do the same in some use cases. What's the performance and benefit from one vs. another? I appreciate any feedback here.
Parasoft SOAtest has been around since about 2007 and is an industry leader for API testing. It takes a design first approach to API test creation where users can use over 50+ drag-and-drop tools to build API test scenarios that include complex behaviors such as looping, data driving, assertions, and test flow logic. SOAtest supports over 150 message formats and protocols. Parasoft technology tends to be really cool and geeky and has awesome built in technology to support any type of API interaction. Take a look at this tech sheet
Parasoft has been innovating in the software test automation market for over 30 years and their solutions are designed to be easily brought into an organizations existing test infrastructure. Parasoft's solution leveraging AI and ML to enable both experienced and novice testers to save time creating meaningful and scalable test suites with optimized execution and analysis integrated into the CI/CD pipeline.
Creating realistic test artifacts is complex. Parasoft simplifies the creation of four key artifacts:
API Tests: creation from ‘payload’, by inspecting API contracts (e.g. OpenAPI/Swagger, WSDL, etc.), monitoring how the API is used, and leveraging AI to create realistic test scenarios.
Web UI Testing: we provide the user with a simple entry point to selenium test creation through our authorship workflow. Enabling non-technical users to create true selenium tests
Test Data: monitoring data interactions between systems and building an intuitive data model that can be shared and controlled directly by the testing teams.
Service Virtualization: by monitoring the communications between system dependencies and applying sophisticated pattern-matching heuristics, Parasoft is able to quickly create reusable virtual assets to eliminate environmental constraints.
In testing, change (and maintenance of tests) is inevitable. Many organizations, especially Agile organizations, spend significant time and effort updating UI and API tests to account for changes.
Parasoft Selenic uses AI to discover failing locators in selenium tests due to application change and recommends new locators or automatically self-heals them during runtime execution
Change Advisor (a module of both Parasoft SOAtest and Parasoft Virtualize) alerts users across all Parasoft interfaces (e.g., desktop thick client, server, Web UI) when test or service virtualization assets have become out of sync with the corresponding API or service. Moreover, centralized change templates help users update all test and service virtualization assets quickly and intelligently
Parasoft provides both a rich desktop IDE for power users and an intuitive thin-client interface for collaboration across the various personas within an organization’s testing practice.
The thin-client ecosystem promotes an environment-based approach to testing by bringing together all the test artifacts (test scenarios, virtual assets and safe test data) into a interactive visual diagram of the test environment that can both be configured for an individual’s use and leveraged as a template to enable dynamic environment configuration and deployment as part of CI/CD and cloud pipelines– enabling continuous testing anytime, anywhere
Thanks for your thorough explanation, Chris!