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"IBM Rational Functional Tester is very contextual."

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"It's great for the development of .NET.""I was satisfied with the support given by customer service.""It is a very common and strong product. A lot of support is available for this product.""Visual Studio is highly powerful. It's probably the best software development tool on the market.""Customization is the most powerful feature of this product.""Easy to use and easily scalable.""The stability has always been very good.""What I like most about Visual Studio Test Professional is the way people publish templates and publish integration."

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Cons
"They need to do a complete revamp so that even a non-technical person can manage the tool."

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"It needs more integration with other tools for monitoring. Microsoft also needs to make it more modern to make it work with microservices and the cloud. It is a bit outdated currently.""The documentation is limited.""There are too many features with the product and I would like there to be less.""Sometimes Visual Studio is slow. It uses a lot of resources like memory and processing power. You should optimize the performance by only installing what you need on your machine. Don't install unnecessary things that will slow your machine.""The solution should be cheaper.""The solution is quite expensive.""It is not good in terms of performance. When you open Visual Studio, you have to wait for a while to process your code. It uses a lot of resources and has a lot of features. If we could disable some of the features, it would be lighter and faster to use. Nowadays, for some of the projects, we use VS Code for JavaScript or Python. VS Code is very light and easy to use, whereas, in Visual Studio, we have to wait because it takes time to compile or run a project. It has a lot of competitors in terms of performance, such as Intelligent ID. Intelligent ID is very easy to use. It has many features, and it is lighter to use than Visual Studio. In terms of error handling, sometimes, it shows an error before you finish your code, which can be improved. It would be good if it has a version for Linux. I use VS Code on Linux, but I am not sure if Visual Studio has a version for Linux.""Visual Studio Test Professional could improve by having better integration with external databases."

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  • "We pay for the solution annually and the price could be reduced."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:IBM Rational Functional Tester is very contextual.
    Top Answer:RFT needs to think from a contemporary point of view — from the current context. They need to look at the way they're positioning the tool. They need to do a complete revamp so that even a… more »
    Top Answer:We provide this solution and others like it to our customers. We have implemented IBM Rational Functional Tester for at least 10 to 15 customers between banking and telecom.
    Top Answer:We aren't bothered by the pricing of the solution at all due to the fact that it provides us with a lot of great tools. The pricing is high, however, it's a single tool that allows you to do a lot of… more »
    Top Answer:In Visual Studio we still don't have anything which can pinpoint memory leaks on a certain code line. It gives me memory analysis, however, it's not taking me to the code lines. That's what I was… more »
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    Also Known As
    Rational Functional Tester
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    Overview
    IBM Rational Functional Tester is an automated functional testing and regression testing tool. This software provides automated testing capabilities for functional, regression, GUI, and data-driven testing. Rational Function Tester supports a range of applications, such as web-based, .Net, Java, Siebel, SAP, terminal emulator-based applications, PowerBuilder, Ajax, Adobe Flex, Dojo Toolkit, GEF, Adobe PDF documents, zSeries, iSeries, and pSeries.
    Visual Studio Professional Edition provides an IDE for all supported development languages. As of Visual Studio 2010, the Standard edition was dropped. MSDN support is available as MSDN Essentials or the full MSDN library depending on licensing. It supports XML and XSLT editing, and can create deployment packages that only use ClickOnce and MSI. It includes tools like Server Explorer and integration with Microsoft SQL Server also. Windows Mobile development support was included in Visual Studio 2005 Standard, however, with Visual Studio 2008, it is only available in Professional and higher editions. Windows Phone 7 development support was added to all editions in Visual Studio 2010. Development for Windows Mobile is no longer supported in Visual Studio 2010; it is superseded by Windows Phone 7.
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    Sample Customers
    Edumate
    Transport for Greater Manchester, Ordina, Bluegarden A/S, CLEAResult, Jet.com, OSIsoft, Australian Taxation Office, BookedOut, Tracasa
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Government9%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    REVIEWERS
    Computer Software Company46%
    Manufacturing Company15%
    Transportation Company8%
    Healthcare Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Government8%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business11%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise56%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise68%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business10%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise62%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise73%
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    IBM Rational Functional Tester is ranked 24th in Functional Testing Tools with 1 review while Visual Studio Test Professional is ranked 14th in Functional Testing Tools with 10 reviews. IBM Rational Functional Tester is rated 5.0, while Visual Studio Test Professional is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of IBM Rational Functional Tester writes "A highly compatible solution; lacks modernity". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Visual Studio Test Professional writes "Offers lots of features, including memory analysis and code sharing". IBM Rational Functional Tester is most compared with Selenium HQ, Micro Focus UFT One, Tricentis Tosca, Silk Test and Katalon Studio, whereas Visual Studio Test Professional is most compared with TFS, Apache JMeter, Micro Focus UFT Developer, Tricentis Tosca and Katalon Studio.

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