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We performed a comparison between Apache JMeter and Parasoft SOAtest based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two API Testing Tools solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

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Question: Jmeter vs SOAtest?
Answer: JMeter ======= 1. JMeter has been developed primarily to test web based applications. 2. It's better suited for perform Performance testing of web based applications. 3. It's scalable and can be distributed over different machines and can be controlled from a central location. 4. JMeter does have good text parsing controllers like JEXL, Regular Expression which could be better for finding out patterns in a data set and can be a good option for APM kind of applications. 5. Supports Ruby, Java, JavaScript, BeanShell 6. JMeter is good for non-programmers also as it offers test suite building blocks (Controllers) to easily manage you application without writing code. SOATest ======== 1. SOATest has been developed for API testing. 2. The good thing of SOATest is that it can integrate with HP Quality Center, Rational TestManager, Microsoft VSTS, Parasoft Concerto, and other commercial or internally-built frameworks to manage tests and execution results. 3. It can test underlying Java, C, C++, or .NET code. 4. It supports wide variety of protocols viz. SOA / Web services Java .NET languages XML WSDL WADL UDDI WSIL SOAP PoX (Plain XML) REST JSON BPEL Web Applications Mobile Web Interfaces RIA AJAX JSP JavaScript HTML CSS WS-* Standards MTOM(XOP) / MIME / DIME Attachments Oauth TCP/IP webMethods Broker webMethods IS Hl7 FTP HTTP 1.0 HTTP 1.1 HTTPS JMS IBM WebSphere MQ Sonic MQ RMI EJB SMTP Tibco Rendezvous .NET WCF (TCP, HTTP, WS Transaction Flow) ISO 8583 EDI custom/others
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"The solution is scalable.""A lot of things are valuable. It is free. It has a lot of features, such as report generation and integration with CI/CD, which makes it very competitive with the other paid solutions available in the market. It is a good solution.""It is scalable. You can scale up to 1,000 users in JMeter. If you can put up four slave servers, you can easily ramp up to 1,000 users.""We really appreciate that the solution comes with a live community, which continuously provided plugins and support protocols.""The scripting ability is most valuable. It is easy to use. There is a UI, and you can go in there and figure those things out. After you've got a good set of tests, you basically have a scripted document that you can grab and execute in a pipeline. It is pretty quick to set up, and you can scale it and version control it.""JMeter is a free tool with a large user population, which comes in handy because we have a vast knowledge base to tap into when needed. It's also easier to hire consultants who know JMeter.""This solution is easier to use than any other tool in the market; there is not even a requirement to learn a lot of scripting in order to use it.""The features that I appreciate are quite basic. It is easy to ramp up the threads and start calling the application. A lot of connectors can already be found within Apache JMeter, but we are not using the entire set because the integration between the customers and platform is based on HTTP. We are just going to produce lots of HTTP sequences."

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"Good write and read files which save execution inputs and outputs and can be stored locally."

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"We're like the solution to be more user-friendly.""Currently, the integration pipeline is implemented by using Jenkins or a similar tool platform. These are continuous integration tools. As far as I know, integration is done by using custom scripts. It would be good if the integration with a continuous integration pipeline, like Jenkins or Hudson, can be done out of the box without using a script.""It should be easier to combine multiple scripts. If you have multiple scripts, you need to write a new script to combine those scripts. The virtual user generator is slow.""JMeter should be more stable. Every time there is a new release coming up, a lot of its older functionalities or the new functionalities that are brought in are not very well-documented. It should be documented properly, and there should be proper use cases.""If JMeter could provide a web version of editing, that would be good.""You really need a technical team in order to really utilize the product.""If JMeter could integrate with the EPM solution, it would be great. It could also be improved by offering more integrations for security. For example, most applications are secure with OpenID Connect protocols.""The UI could be better."

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"From an automation point of view, it should have better clarity and be more user friendly."

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  • "In terms of open-source adoption, it is completely free."
  • "We are using the free version, and if required, we can easily switch to the other version."
  • "When comparing the price with Load Runner, and if the cost is an issue then JMeter is a better choice"
  • "I haven't looked into it. Most of our projects are nonprofit or grant-based. Everything is public commons, so we don't really have to worry about that so much."
  • "No licensing is required as it is a free, open-source tool."
  • "We are using the free version."
  • "Apache JMeter is a free open source solution and it is why we are using it."
  • "It is open source. There are no licensing costs associated. If you need enterprise support, you'll probably end up paying for a license. You would also factor in the infrastructure cost, but that's not significant."
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    Top Answer:Good write and read files which save execution inputs and outputs and can be stored locally.
    Top Answer:From an automation point of view, it should have better clarity and be more user friendly. Some aspects were difficult and therefore less useful for us, perhaps we lack the coding knowledge on that.
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    Apache JMeter is an open-source Java application that tests load and functional behavior and performance in applications. Created initially to test web applications, it has expanded its functionality to test other functions. For instance, you can test a server to see how efficiently it works and how many user requests can be handled simultaneously.

    You can use JMeter to test functional performance and regression tests on different technologies. This Java desktop application has an easy-to-use graphical interface which uses the Swing graphical API. You can run JMeter on any environment that accepts a Java virtual machine, such as Windows, Linux, and Mac.

    What protocols does JMeter support?

    • Web - HTTP, HTTPS
    • Web services - SOAP/XML-RPC
    • Email service - POP3, IMAP, SMTP
    • FTP service
    • Database via JDBC drivers
    • LDAP
    • Native commands or shell scripts
    • TCP
    • Java objects

    How does JMeter work?

    JMeter sends requests to a target server by simulating a group of user requests. Then it collects and calculates statistics on the performance of the target. This target can be a server or an application.

    You can test the performance of static resources, such as JavaScript or HTML, and dynamic resources, such as JSP, Servlets, and AJAX. It is also helpful to determine how many concurrent users your website can handle.

    There are two main tests you can carry out with JMeter: load test and stress test. The load test models expected usage of a server by simulating multiple users accessing the web server simultaneously. The stress testing aims to find the maximum load capacity of the server or application.

    Apache JMeter Key Features

    • JMeter enables fast test plan recording, building, and debugging via a featured test IDE (integrated development environment).
    • Command-line mode allows carrying out load tests from any OS compatible with Java.
    • JMeter can extract data from most popular response formats, such as HTML, JSON, XML.
    • JMeter is entirely portable.
    • A multithreading framework allows you to simultaneously test multiple samplings and separate thread groups.
    • Thanks to the caching feature, you can conduct offline analysis or replay test results.

    Apache JMeter Benefits

    • As open-source software, it is freely available and continuously improved.
    • The setup is user-friendly, and no installation is needed.
    • The GUI (graphic user interface) is intuitive and easy to use.
    • You can write your own tests and use the visualization plugins to extend the testing.
    • It is a platform-agnostic tool. For example, JMeter can work with Linux by clicking on the JMeter shell script. On Windows, you can call up JMeter by starting the jmeter.bat file.
    • Since the test plans are stored in XML format, you can generate a test plan using any text editor.
    • You can simulate a heavy load on a server, a group of servers, a network, or an object. Use JMeter to test an application or server's strength and performance under different load types.

    The JMeter extensible core has numerous benefits:

    • Unlimited testing capabilities via pluggable samplers.
    • You can choose multiple load statistics with pluggable timers.
    • Visualization plugins and data analysis enable customization.
    • Continuous integration via third-party open-source libraries (Maven, Gradle, and Jenkins).

    Reviews from Real Users

    Stephen B., I.T. Architect, Analyst, and Developer at an educational organization, says, "The scripting ability is most valuable. It is easy to use. There is a UI, and you can go in there and figure those things out. After you've got a good set of tests, you basically have a scripted document that you can grab and execute in a pipeline. It is pretty quick to set up, and you can scale it and version control it."

    "I like the fact that JMeter integrates well with other tools," adds the Founder and Principal Consultant at a tech services company.

    A Quality Engineering Delivery Leader at a financial services firm says, “The performance of the solution is excellent. They have designed the product so that it is very easy to configure. You can basically do anything you like with the product. It's not very restrictive. We like the fact that the technology is open-source.”

    Parasoft SOAtest is widely recognized as the leading enterprise-grade solution for API testing and API integrity. Thoroughly test composite applications with robust support for REST and web services, plus an industry-leading 120+ protocols/message types.
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    Sample Customers
    AOL, Orbitz, Innopath Software, PrepMe, Sapient, Corporate Express Australia, CSIRO, Ephibian, Talis, DATACOM, ALALOOP, eFusion, Panter, Sourcepole, University of Western Cape
    Lufthansa, Siemens, DirecTV, NZ Bank
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company33%
    Financial Services Firm30%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    Educational Organization6%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    Financial Services Firm46%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Energy/Utilities Company8%
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Company Size
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise49%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise73%
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    Apache JMeter is ranked 3rd in API Testing Tools with 34 reviews while Parasoft SOAtest is ranked 9th in API Testing Tools with 1 review. Apache JMeter is rated 7.4, while Parasoft SOAtest is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of Apache JMeter writes "It's a free, scalable tool that's good for checking backend services". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Parasoft SOAtest writes "Good API testing and RIT feature; clarity could be improved". Apache JMeter is most compared with Postman, BlazeMeter, Micro Focus LoadRunner Professional, Tricentis NeoLoad and ReadyAPI, whereas Parasoft SOAtest is most compared with Postman, SonarQube, ReadyAPI Test, Coverity and Micro Focus UFT One.

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