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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper

Degree Name

Computer Science: M.S.


Computer Science and Information Technology


School of Science and Engineering

First Advisor

Jie Meichsner

Second Advisor

Donald Hamnes

Third Advisor

Susantha Herath

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Software testing, test automation, testing tool, Selenium, Watir, QTP


Software testing is an integral phase in Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) process. Testing assesses the functionalities of a software item and quality of the product. Automated software testing utilizes different tools to execute testing activities. In this paper, I have discussed the features of automated and manual testing as well as analyzed three automated software testing tools: Selenium, UFT/QTP and Watir. In brief, I have presented a detailed description focusing on multiple feature set, efficiency, simplicity and usability of each tool. I also evaluated, tested and compared the different aspects of Selenium, UFT/QTP and Watir. Finally, this research allowed me to draw some solid differences between automated and manual testing as well as learn and explore various characteristics of automated testing tools by having real-world experience of testing effectively.



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