The Art of Software Testing / Edition 2

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Practical, up-to-date tactics and techniques for successful, efficient testing:
  • Basic testing principles and strategies
  • Program inspections and walkthroughs
  • Code inspections
  • Error checklists
  • Peer ratings
  • Black- and white-box testing
  • Error guessing
  • Top-down vs. bottom-up testing
  • Higher-order testing
  • Function and system testing
  • Acceptance testing
  • Installation testing
  • Module (unit) testing
  • Test planning and control
  • Independent testing agencies
  • Debugging principles
  • Error analysis
  • Extreme Testing
  • Testing Internet applications
  • Higher-order testing of e-commerce architectures
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Editorial Reviews

This theoretical discussion of the purpose and nature of software testing emphasizes methodologies for the design of effective test cases. It comprehensively covers psychological and economic principles, managerial aspects of testing, test tools, high-order testing, code inspections, and debugging. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471469124
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/21/2004
  • Series: Business Data Processing: A Wiley Series , #28
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,464,974
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

GLENFORD J. MYERS is currently Director of Spectrum Signals. He is a former senior staff member of IBM’s Systems Research Institute, as well as the former CEO and founder of RadiSys Corporation.

TOM BADGETT is Chief Information Officer for IdleAire Technologies Corporation and manages a team of software developers who design and maintain sophisticated, real-time billing and customer support systems for this national firm. He has published more than fifty books on software and hardware and has served as technical editor for PCjr Magazine and Digital News. He has written hundreds of articles for major computer-oriented magazines.

TODD M. THOMAS is a professional software developer and database administrator with over nine years of experience. His career has exposed him to all sizes of software projects for both the private and government sectors. He has also authored Java Data Access, a book on how to use Java technology to leverage enterprise data stores.

COREY SANDLER is President of Word Association, a developer of computer, science, business, and travel books for many of the country’s largest publishing companies. He is the author of the bestseller Fix Your Own PC, and a former editorial director and editor in chief of Digital News. He has also served as New York bureau chief for PC Week and first executive editor of PC Magazine.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables.



Chapter 1: A Self-Assessment Test.

Chapter 2: The Psychology and Economics of Program Testing.

The Psychology of Testing.

The Economics of Testing.

Black-Box Testing.

White-Box Testing.

Software Testing Principles.


Chapter 3: Program Inspections, Walkthroughs, and Reviews.

Inspections and Walkthroughs.

Code Inspections.

An Error Checklist for Inspections.

Data Reference Errors.

Data-Declaration Errors.

Computation Errors.

Comparison Errors.

Control-Flow Errors.

Interface Errors.

Input/Output Errors.

Other Checks.


Desk Checking.

Peer Ratings.


Chapter 4: Test-Case Design.

White-Box Testing.

Logic-Coverage Testing.

Equivalence Partitioning.

An Example.

Boundary-Value Analysis.

Cause-Effect Graphing.

Error Guessing.

The Strategy.

Chapter 5: Module (Unit) Testing.

Test-Case Design.

Incremental Testing.

Top-down versus Bottom-up Testing.

Top-down Testing.

Bottom-up Testing.

A Comparison.

Performing the Test.

Chapter 6: Higher-Order Testing.

Function Testing.

System Testing.

Facility Testing.

Volume Testing.

Stress Testing.

Usability Testing.

Security Testing.

Performance Testing.

Storage Testing.

Configuration Testing.

Compatibility/Configuration/Conversion Testing.

Installability Testing.

Reliability Testing.

Recovery Testing.

Serviceability Testing.

Documentation Testing.

Procedure Testing.

Performing the System Test.

Acceptance Testing.

Installation Testing.

Test Planning and Control.

Test Completion Criteria.

The Independent Test Agency.

Chapter 7: Debugging.

Debugging by Brute Force.

Debugging by Induction.

Debugging by Deduction.

Debugging by Backtracking.

Debugging by Testing.

Debugging Principles.

Error-Locating Principles.

Error-Repairing Techniques.

Error Analysis.

Chapter 8: Extreme Testing.

Extreme Programming Basics.

Extreme Testing: The Concepts.

Extreme Unit Testing.

Acceptance Testing.

Extreme Testing Applied.

Test-Case Design.

Test Driver and Application.


Chapter 9: Testing Internet Applications.

Basic E-commerce Architecture.

Testing Challenges.

Testing Strategies.

Presentation Layer Testing.

Business Layer Testing.

Data Layer Testing.

Appendix A: Sample Extreme Testing Application.

Appendix B: Prime Numbers Less Than 1,000.



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