Comparison of SilkTest and TestComplete

 

MicroFocus SilkTest

AutomatedQA TestComplete

Vendor

Borland

SmartBear Software

Cost

US$ 4,500 to US$ 9100 => This is for developing scripts

$4,000 => Runtime – Allows you to run the pre-written test scripts, will be helpful for running load scenarios

US$ 1,000 to US$ 4,500

Additional Costs:

SilkPerformer cost:

US$8780 for 500 VUs for one month + add ons (Server Analysis Module US$1881)

  • Load Testing Add-ons
    • US$ 100 è 5 Users
    • US$ 500 è 50 Users
    • US$ 2,000 è 250 Users
    • US$ 5,000 è Unlimited users

Type of Tests

  • No Unit testing
  • Functional (GUI/Web) testing
  • Regression testing
  • No Load Testing: Needs to purchase SilkPerformer to do load testing along with SilkTest
  • Unit testing
  • Functional (GUI/Web) testing
  • Keyword testing
  • Regression testing
  • Performance testing
  • Load, stress, Scalability testing
  • Manual Test authoring

Web Servers

Needs to purchase SilkPerformer to access any server specific metrics

  • Microsoft IIS
  • Apache

Internet Browsers

  • Internet Explorer
  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer
  • Firefox
  • Opera
  • Netscape Navigator

Platforms

  • Windows
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • ….

Inbuilt third party controls testing support

  • Not supported
  • Common windows controls
  • Infragistics
  • SyncFusion
  • Developer Express

Technologies that can be tested

  • All existing dot net languages from dot net framework 2.0 to 4.0
  • No Silverlight: SilkPerformer can do basic web 2.0 testing but not specific to Silverlight SDK
  • Java that supports the run time Sun JVM 1.6 or higher
  • Flex
  • Adobe AIR
  • All existing dot net languages from dot net framework 1.0 to 4.0
  • Microsoft Silverlight 2, 3 and 4
  • Java that supports the runtimes: Sun JRE v1.1.8 -7, MSJVM build 3309 or later
  • Flex
  • Adobe AIR
  • Windows mobile applications created with native compilers or dot net compact framework
  • Managed/Unmanaged Visual C++, Visual Basic 6, Foxpro 7 or later
  • JavaFx 1.1, 1.2 SDK
  • Sybase PowerBuilder 10.0 or higher
  • Microsoft Office access 2003 or higher
  • Microsoft Infopath 2003 or higher
  • Macromedia flash 1.0 to 8.0, Adobe flash 9.0 or later

Test Scripting Languages

  • VB .NET
  • Java
  • VBScript
  • JScript
  • C++
  • C#
  • Delphi

Support from user forums

  • Less active user forum from MicroFocus
  • Third party blogs
  • Very active user/support forum from SmartBear
  • Third party blogs

Ability to reach out intrinsic object properties

  • Not possible
  • Access to public, private and protected methods, properties and fields of an application’s visible and non visible objects

Integration with source control systems

  • Not possible except you can use VSS to treat it as file based source control
  • Visual source safe
  • Team foundation Server
  • CVS

Extensibility

  • Not possible
  • Custom plug-ins can be developed and attached for additional enhanced functionalities

Can distribute automated test across multiple computers

Yes

Yes

Does support record, modify, play back mechanism

Yes

Yes

Does support testing cloud application

No. : Needs to buy SilkPerformerCloudburst product in addition to SilkTest

Yes

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11 Responses to Comparison of SilkTest and TestComplete

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  3. joaovrb says:

    You mention that TestComplete can do load testing, but wouldn’t you need LoadComplete for that?

  4. Awin says:

    This is really great…been looking for this and it really help me on my decision on TC…

    Thank you!

  5. Dmytro says:

    It looks latest SilkTest supports SilverLight (http://community.microfocus.com/blogs/29_Silk/107_Announcing_SilkTest_2011)
    And TestComplete for sure is only Windows family, no Linux.
    SmartBear is not extending TestComplete’s LoadTesting, and you should use separate product for this – LoadComplete. Read Sergei’s Sokolov post at http://community.smartbear.com/forum/post/?mode=singleThread&thread=912388d0-c4e0-4cf4-9956-73b4ae266de6. So LoadTesting should not be compared.

  6. Diana says:

    TestComplete doesnt support Linux platform…

  7. Maria says:

    Seems like this person is pro Testcomplete because I just finished a comparison and I notice a lot of the comments are simply not true. Linux, Loadtesting, Silverlight etc

  8. alexander says:

    TestComplete never supported C# or C++.
    You must edit the article since it’s a total lie.

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