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web tools Considering that a website is all but mandatory, no matter what the business, enterprise or organization, it is no wonder that web services testing tools have gained even more importance in today’s world. Whether it is a government arm or a not-for-profit group, an educational group or a corporate, a family gathering hub or a wedding registry site, websites are everywhere. What’s more, they are a great way to keep in touch with the world you want to reach out to.

But before you launch your site to the world, you must ensure that it performs without a hitch, has no errors or issues and no bugs that slow it down. Any glitch in the system can leave a very bad taste in the mouth for both clients and hosts, alike. It could affect reputation and business in many ways too. This is where web services testing tools become so crucial. Here is a look at some of the best web tools available today.

Pylot

This open source tool tests scalability and performance of your web service. This means you can use if for anything from a simple tuning and analysis to planning for traffic and benchmarking. This tool supports HTTP and HTTPS and also extends console and GUI help. It can handle responses and loads and presents reports which are metrics- oriented for better understanding. http://pylot.org/

Windmill

A whirlwind in your system that eliminates bugs, Windmill has the ability to interact across browsers and with its own server. JavaScript, Python and Ruby can be used with this tool to write and run tests. http://www.getwindmill.com/

JMeter

web performanceWorried about load bearing for your site? Look no further than JMeter. It runs on Java and is useful to figure out both performance and load bearing capabilities, in both dynamic and static objects like Perl, FTP servers, servlets and Java objects etc. You can create test conditions on an object, network or server to understand load efficiency. http://jmeter.apache.org/

Webrat

If your website is powered by Ruby, then Webrat is what you need to look at. It enables testing in Sinatra, Merb and Rails and also supports Shoulda and Cucumber and RSpec.  https://github.com/brynary/webrat

Capybara

Just like the testing mentioned above, Capybara de-mystifies rack applications and has built in Selenium support. http://rubygems.org/gems/capybara

Multi-Mechanize

Apart from mimicking user activity and analyzing performance and load bearing, this tool will enable you to route real-time python scripts to understand traffic demands. http://testutils.org/multi-mechanize/

OpenSTA

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Focused around CORBA, this testing architecture runs tests and collects results using programmed and manually controlled apparatuses. The platforms used are Win32 and the mechanisms include Windows performance monitor stats, SNMP data and HTTP results.  http://opensta.org/

Grinder

A framework that runs on Java, Grinder uses multiple injector machines to run a test. In fact, anything that has a JAVA API- SOAP, REST, EJB, JMS, CORBA etc- can be tested on Grinder.  http://grinder.sourceforge.net/

Selenium

Offering a wide range of web application tools, Selenium can be carried out as a Firefox extension and you can run, edit, debug and record tests and play them back too, if needed. http://seleniumhq.org/

There are many web services testing tools to make your website error-free, so do use them for better presence on the Internet.

This is a guest post by Jem Larson of buyVerizon.com, a site that offers savings and current information on Verizon internet, as well as Verizon.com services.

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