A hands-on guide to testing techniques that deliver reliable software and systems
Testing even a simple system can quickly turn into a potentially infinite task. Faced with tight costs and schedules, testers need to have a toolkit of practical techniques combined with hands-on experience and the right strategies in order to complete a successful project. World-renowned testing expert Rex Black provides you with the proven methods and concepts that test professionals must know. He presents you with the fundamental techniques for testing and clearly shows you how to select and apply successful strategies to test a system with budget and time constraints.
Black begins by discussing the goals and tactics of effective and efficient testing. Next, he lays the foundation of his technique for risk-based testing, explaining how to analyze, prioritize, and document risks to the quality of the system using both informal and formal techniques. He then clearly describes how to design, develop, and, ultimately, document various kinds of tests. Because this is a hands-on activity, Black includes realistic, life-sized exercises that illustrate all of the major test techniques with detailed solutions.
By the end of this book, you'll know more about the nuts and bolts of testing than most testers learn in an entire career, and you'll be ready to put those ideas into action on your next test project.
With the help of real-world examples integrated throughout the chapters, you'll discover how to:
* Analyze the risks to system quality
* Allocate your testing effort appropriately based on the level of risk
* Choose the right testing strategies every time
* Design tests based on a system's expected behavior (black box) or internal structure (white box)
* Plan and perform integration testing
* Explore and attack the system
* Focus your hard work to serve the needs of the project
The author's companion Web site provides exercises, tips, and techniques that can be used to gain valuable experience and effectively test software and systems.
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I purchased this book after reading the reviews. I have not read it cover to cover, since I am using it as a ready reference in my medical device consulting practice. As such, it has proven its worth. Under one cover, it provides an overview of the most prevalent testing techniques and related subjects, including the very important (to me and my industry) issues of quality / risk-based testing (risk assessment, management, et al). It pulls in applicable standards (ISO, IEEE ,,.), and supplements narrative with appropriate graphics (diagrams, flow charts ,,.). As with all my reviews, I view a book as useful if it provides just a few immediately useful points for my understanding and my business. Pragmatic Software Testing by Rex Black supplies such points in abundance, and has become one of my top `go-to` references in product / production / test equipment software testing / verification and validation. Incidently, a scan of most of my reviews will show 4-5 stars. This is because I only choose to review what I consider useful publications I have read. I d/n bother `panning` those I d/n find useful -- and there are others I haven't yet read, of course.
OK But Nothing New Here
There is nothing wrong with this book but on the other hand there is nothing essential here that hasn't been covered thoroughly in several other books. I prefer Patton's `Software Testing` 2nd ed., for example, for principles and McCaffery's `.NET Test Automation` for code techniques. My advice is to compare the table of contents of several software testing books before you pick this book.
A `must have` for your software testing library
If I could only buy one software testing book (or, more realistically, if I only had time to read one), this would be it. This is a practical guide with realistic, useful and immediately applicable techniques that save time, improve test quality and improve testing effectiveness. It's a must read for my department.
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