A Practitioner's Guide to Software Test Design

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A Practitioner's Guide to Software Test Design

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Here’s a comprehensive, up-to-date and practical introduction to software test design. This invaluable book presents all the important test design techniques in a single place and in a consistent, and easy-to-digest format. An immediately useful handbook for test engineers, developers, quality assurance professionals, and requirements and systems analysts, it enables you to: choose the best test case design, find software defects in less time and with fewer resources, and develop optimal strategies that help reduce the likelihood of costly errors. It also assists you in estimating the effort, time and cost of good testing.

Numerous case studies and examples of software testing techniques are included, helping you to fully understand the practical applications of these techniques. From well-established techniques such as equivalence classes, boundary value analysis, decision tables, and state-transition diagrams, to new techniques like use case testing, pairwise testing, and exploratory testing, the book is an indispensable resource for testing professionals seeking to improve their skills and an excellent reference for college-level courses in software test design.

Contents:

Introduction - Book Context and Goals. Book Structure.

The Testing Process - Testing Is. Current Challenges. Test Cases Are—Input, Output, Order of Execution. Types of Testing: Black Box, White Box, Grey Box. Test Levels: Unit, Integration, System, Acceptance. The Impossibility of Testing Everything.

Case Studies - Why Case Studies. Brown & Donaldson: Online Brokerage System. Stateless University Registration System.

Black Box Testing Techniques - Definition. Applicability. Advantages and Disadvantages.

Equivalence Class Testing - Introduction. Technique. Examples. Applicability. Summary. Exercises.

Boundary Value Testing - Introduction. Technique. Examples. Applicability. Summary. Exercises.

Decision Table Testing - Introduction. Technique. Examples. Applicability. Summary. Exercise.

Pairwise Testing - Introduction. Technique: Orthogonal Arrays and the All-Pairs Algorithm. Examples. Applicability. Summary. Exercises.

State-Transition Testing - Introduction. Technique: State-Transition Diagrams and State-Transition Tables. Examples. Applicability. Summary. Exercise.

Domain Analysis Testing - Introduction. Technique. Examples. Applicability. Summary. Exercise.

Use Case Testing - Introduction. Technique. Examples. Applicability. Summary. Exercise.

White Box Testing Techniques - Definition. Applicability. Advantages and Disadvantages.

Control Flow Testing - Introduction. TechniqueControl Flow Graphs, Levels of Coverage, and Basis Path Testing. Examples. Applicability. Summary. Exercise.

Data Flow Testing - Introduction. Technique: Static and Dynamic Data Flow Testing. Examples. Applicability. Summary. Exercises.

Testing Paradigms - Definition. Applicability. Advantages and Disadvantages.

Scripted Testing - Introduction.IEEE 829 Document Descriptions. Applicability. Advantages and Disadvantages. Summary.

Exploratory Testing - Introduction. Technique. Examples. Applicability. Summary.

Test Planning - Introduction. Technique. Summary.Exercises.

Supporting Technologies - Introduction.

Defect Taxonomies - Technique: Project Level Taxonomies and Defect Level Taxonomies. Summary.

When To Stop Testing - Techniques: Coverage Goals, Defect Discovery Rate, Marginal Cost, and “Ship It!”. Summary

Some Final Thoughts - Your Testing Toolbox.

Case Studies.

Bibliography.

Lee Copeland is a consultant in the areas of testing methodologies, test management and web site testing at Software Quality Engineering. He has more than twenty-five years experience as an information systems professional specializing in software development and process improvement.

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