Clean up your SOAP-based Web services
The Test Center inspects five worthy tools for keeping your services squeaky clean
On the other hand, your choice may be based more on your philosophy of testing. Specifically, which is better: coding tests or building them visually (in other words, from menu and button selections within a GUI)? Tools such as SOAPSonar, LISA, and SOAPscope have chosen the latter to escape the former. But shielding the user from code necessarily places that user in a constrained environment. Those tools tacitly assume that their GUIs are flexible enough to meet all or most testing demands. I am not so sure. I favor the tools – QEngine and SOAtest – whose scripting capabilities are easily accessed. And of those two, SOAtest does the better overall job.
Finally, you should take advantage of the fact that almost all of these tools – SOAPscope being the notable exception – offer free versions that enable you to sample their capabilities with no time limitations.