Tools for V&V

Tools for version control

If you want to work on a big software development project which requires the collaboration of different team members and also need frequent changes during development, then you must use a version control system.

The main advantages of VCS include streamlining the development process and keeping a history of all changes within a code.

Here are 5 free and open-source version control tools:

  1. Git
  2. Concurrent Versions System (CVS)
  3. Apache Subversion (SVN)
  4. Mercurial
  5. Bazaar

I have only used Git, and on my experience it is one of the best to achieve the goal of version control tools. Here are some details of Git

Local branching, convenient staging areas, and multiple workflows are some important features of git. It also offers a wide variety of tools to help us navigate through the history and each instance of the source contains the entire history tree, which helps a lot during development even without Internet. 

  • Super-fast and Cross-platform.
  • Offline full history tree
  • Distributed, peer-to-peer model
  • Easy and clear track of code changes
  • Cheap branch operations and robust.
  • Amazing command-line as git bash.
  • Complex and bigger history log becomes very hectic for single developer
  • Not optima because it doesn’t support keyword expansion and timestamp preservation
  • Provides Limited Windows support compared to Linux

Tools for testing

Here are some tools that help to organize the end of the test cycle:

Xray is the #1 Manual & Automated Test Management App for QA. It’s a full-featured tool that lives inside and seamlessly integrates with Jira. Its aim is to help companies improve the quality of their products through effective and efficient testing.

Features:

  • Traceability between requirements, tests, defects, executions
  • Define reusable preconditions and associate to tests
  • Organize tests in folders and test sets
  • Test plans for tracking progress
  • Test environments
  • BDD – Write Cucumber scenarios in Jira
  • Integrates with test automation frameworks (Selenium, JUnit, Nunit, Robot, …)
  • Built-in REST API
  • CI integrations (Bamboo, Jenkins)
  • Built-in reports

Testpad is a simpler and more accessible manual test tool that prioritises pragmatism over process. Instead of managing cases one at a time, it uses checklist-inspired test plans that can be adapted to a wide range of styles including Exploratory testing, the manual side of Agile, syntax highlighted BDD, and even traditional test case management.

Features:

  • Guest testers, invited by email, who don’t need accounts
  • Simple enough to use by non-testers; get everyone to help at release time
  • Keyboard-driven editor with a javascript-powered (i.e. responsive) UI
  • Drag’n’drop organisation of test plans
  • Add new tests during testing, as you think of new ideas
  • Lightweight integration with issue trackers, including JIRA

PractiTest is an end-to-end test management tool. A common meeting ground for all QA stakeholders, it enables full visibility into the testing process and a deeper broader understanding of testing results.

Features:

  • A vast array of third-party integrations with common bug trackers, automation tools, and robust API for the rest.
  • Fully customizable & flexible for the ever-changing needs of QA teams: customize fields, views, permissions, issue workflows and more
  • Reuse tests and correlate results across different releases and products.
  • Unique hierarchical filter trees – organize everything and find anything quickly.
  • Never work twice – with anti-bug duplicates, permutations, step parameters and call to test
  • Visualize data with advanced dashboards and reports
  • Fast professional and methodological support

Tools for process administration of V&V

Jira Software is designed so that all members of your software team can plan,

monitor and publish high-quality software.

  • Make launches with confidence and security, knowing that the information you have is always the most up-to-date.
  • Improve team performance with real-time visual data that your team can use.
  • Each team has a unique process for releasing software. Use a predefined workflow or create one adapted to the way your team works.

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