Developers and QA teams have different preferences for microservices testing tools, especially for these different types of tests. Here’s a rundown of some popular ones. Many are on-demand staging environments, which are created dynamically, triggered by a CI/CD pipeline. With on-demand staging, once a developer is done with the staging environment, the staging environment is destroyed, along with any configuration, environment, or installation inconsistency.
This platform is an on-demand staging environment, with accessible sharing capabilities for collaboration. You can connect your applications' repositories to Release, which then, creates ephemeral environments with every pull request and updates with each code push. Additionally, environments can be created for integration, traditional staging, or QA/UAT use cases. Developers and QA have full access to environments to test and debug, and product teams, design teams, and stakeholders can see features evolving, and provide feedback early and often.
WebApp.io is a code review automation platform that allows for on-demand review environments for full-stack web applications. You can create custom pull requests. And once you’ve created one copy of your stack, you can duplicate it instantly to automatically run e2e tests and integrate in CI/CD workflows. WebApp will automatically annotate your pull request in GitHub, GitLab, or BitBucket.
Vercel is a cloud platform for frontend frameworks, Serverless Functions, and static sites, built to integrate with pre-existing content and databases. It hosts websites and web services that deploy instantly, scale automatically, and requires no supervision, all with no configuration. It’s similar to Amazon Web Services (AWS) Lambda or Netlify. It also provides edge-location hosting and caching.
Pact is a code-first consumer-driven contract testing tool for developers and testers who code. It tests HTTP and message integrations using contract tests — the way to verify that inter-application messages conform to a shared understanding, documented in a contract. This way of contract testing cuts down on large unit testing.
Apache JMeter is a commonly used Java-based performance test tool for testers. It is available as an open-source platform, and it can be used as a load testing tool for analyzing and measuring the performance of web applications.
Hoverfly is an automated, open-source API communication simulation tool for specifically integration tests. Users can test how APIs react in scenarios such as rate limits and/or latency in-network.
Grafana offers free metric visualization and analytics. The dashboard lets developers see time series data to watch how microservices respond in real-time traffic.
Gatling is a tool for load testing that is written in Scala. It can run simulations on multiple platforms, and then reports on metrics such as active user numbers and response times.