Karate DSL vs Kahlan: What are the differences?
Developers describe Karate DSL as "Open Source Web-Services Test Automation Framework". Combines API test-automation, mocks and performance-testing into a single, unified framework. The BDD syntax popularized by Cucumber is language-neutral, and easy for even non-programmers. Besides powerful JSON & XML assertions, you can run tests in parallel for speed - which is critical for HTTP API testing. On the other hand, Kahlan is detailed as "A full-featured Unit & BDD test framework". It is a full-featured Unit & BDD test framework a la RSpec/JSpec which uses a describe-it syntax and moves testing in PHP one step forward.
Karate DSL and Kahlan can be primarily classified as "Testing Frameworks" tools.
Some of the features offered by Karate DSL are:
- Native support for both JSON and XML
- Powerful payload assertions with "deep-equals"
- Data-driven testing
On the other hand, Kahlan provides the following key features:
- RSpec/JSpec syntax
- Code Coverage metrics (xdebug or phpdbg required)
- Handy stubbing system (mockery or prophecy are no longer needed)
Karate DSL and Kahlan are both open source tools. It seems that Karate DSL with 2.58K GitHub stars and 667 forks on GitHub has more adoption than Kahlan with 1K GitHub stars and 54 GitHub forks.