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Which technologies, tools and methods in automated testing are considered current? Which are considered to be available for heavy production use in a year?

Are there surveys about these things?

Please provide links to surveys as well as links that discuss issues in more detail.

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Personally, I like feel forced to read Gartner's "Magic Quadrant for Software Test Automation" and Forrester's "Modern Application Functional Test Automation Tools" to somewhat "keep up" (don't purchase, just Google them…). You can also use Google Trends or Stack Overflow Insights (especially Trends) to analyze/compare specific technologies, tools, and methods. Moreover, you often find interesting surveys on corresponding sites such as StickyMinds or Software Testing Magazine.

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  • Thank you for your answer. The two surveys seem interesting, albeit a bit short and only focused on commercial solutions. How do you use trends and insights to find trends? I want to find keywords or tags out that are trending, these two seem two require me to know tags/keywords in advance...
    – mike
    Commented Nov 21, 2017 at 20:01
  • @mike Indeed, Gartner and Forrester focus on commercial tool vendors, but they also include open source solutions. To find keywords: Google Trends, for instance, shows related searches. You can also start with an up-to-date article (e.g. "6 top open-source testing automation frameworks: How to choose") and then use these keywords to feed a trend engine.
    – beatngu13
    Commented Nov 21, 2017 at 20:49

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