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Automated testing tools?

What tools and books would you recommend to get started with automated testing?  Our code is C++ on the back end, with VB for the GUI, if that helps focus replies.

Joel started a thread on GUI testing tools in 2001:
http://discuss.fogcreek.com/joelonsoftware/default.asp?cmd=show&ixPost=274

At the bottom of that thread Chris asked Joel, "What did you go with?  How do you like it?"

I hope I did not miss any follow-up discussions.

Glade Warner
Thursday, March 20, 2003

TestComplete from http://www.automatedqa.com helps with building test suites.

There's also unit testing frameworks (NUnit for .NET, but there must be something like that for C++)

Deepak Shenoy
Thursday, March 20, 2003

http://cppunit.sourceforge.net/ for all your automated C++ testing needs.

You can also write your own test framework; it's what I did for my online game.

Brent P. Newhall
Thursday, March 20, 2003

Segue SilkTest works with VB GUI's, be it traditional windows programs or ActiveX in an IE browser.

It also supports loading a DLL and testing exported functions, and has ODBC capability to perform backend database queries.  This way you can write functional tests that drive / validate at GUI level and validate log files or database tables.

I've used it the past 4 years testing everything from MFC based Windows apps to Java applets in browsers with no major compatibility problems.

Steven Tyler
Thursday, March 20, 2003

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