Axe and Open Source Tools
Open Source Tools offer organisations a low-cost per-seat alternative to commercial automation tools. However as with all things free, this comes at a price. The skills barrier and lack of proprietary tooling around these tools lead to higher technical skill requirements in automation projects and lengthier implementation and maintenance cycles. The Axe platform, bundles Selenium WebDriver, Appium and the TestStack White Framework providing a single install, testing solution for Web cross-browser, Mobile and Desktop Applications.
What does Axe do? It enables non-technical testers to define and maintain automated tests in simple, natural language spreadsheets. It uses code generation techniques to create scripts in C# (or optionally Java for Selenium) as well as detailed test documentation. It also provides a comprehensive automation approach, project asset management and reporting structure to open source tools. Essentially, Axe empowers non-technical testers to leverage the automated testing capabilities of open source tools without the need to write code.