Cool new tool – Hexawise

I just checked out a new tool called Hexawise (hexawise.com).  It certainly has peaked my interest!!  In a nut shell, if you are testing an application that has a lot of configuration options, it gives you a simple, clean interface to load all of your config options and then the tool will generate test scenarios for you using the pairwise approach.  If you are not familiar with this technique, check out this link : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All-pairs_testing

At first glance, I thought this would be a really cool test planning tool.  Then, the more I thought about it and played with it, I discovered that I am also able to use this to create my fitnesse test tables (inputs only).  I was able to plug in the input fields and the options, then use hexawise to generate the test cases to ensure all pair combos were covered, and then export that to excel and paste it right into a fitnesse table.  I think the same approach would work for creating data fed into tests in QTP, WinRunner, etc.

I can see that this would save me a lot of time manually thinking through the combinations I want to test with, etc when I am tasked with creating tests for functionality that has thousands of possible test cases (and you can’t test for every scenario).

The tool is not fancy (which I could care less about) and is early in its life but I think there is a lot of great potential here.  Definitely worth checking out and following.  I’ll be interested to see how the tool grows.

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4 Responses

  1. Hexawise is pretty cool. I hadn’t thought of using it that way. It’s really interesting how people can pick up the same tool and use it a different way.

    The only catch with Hexawise is the pricing model. A coworker asked and they said they were thinking of $100 a month per seat. Maybe they have rethought that. It has to be a tough product to price. Very focused. Some users might do one analysis every so many months and some might do it weekly for diferent tasks.

  2. I did speak with a rep from there and I am not sure what the final result will be on the pricing model…I think they are still working through that. It will be a tough tool to price like you said.

  3. I hope they can come up with a model that can work for them. It’s a neat product. Maybe they could grow by adding additional test planning and analysis tools. If done right a broad suite of tools could attract more dollars, or at least make it easier to justify in budgets.

  4. Hi Dan/Megan,

    Also try checking http://www.TestersDesk.com. A free online toolkit for Software Testers.

    We have a free Pairwise Test Case Generator. And many other tools as well.

    Also check http://www.pairwise.org for many other similar tools.

    Thanks,
    Ashwin.

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