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Software Test Design

By : Simon Amey
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Software Test Design

By: Simon Amey

Overview of this book

Software Test Design details best practices for testing software applications and writing comprehensive test plans. Written by an expert with over twenty years of experience in the high-tech industry, this guide will provide you with training and practical examples to improve your testing skills. Thorough testing requires a thorough understanding of the functionality under test, informed by exploratory testing and described by a detailed functional specification. This book is divided into three sections, the first of which will describe how best to complete those tasks to start testing from a solid foundation. Armed with the feature specification, functional testing verifies the visible behavior of features by identifying equivalence partitions, boundary values, and other key test conditions. This section explores techniques such as black- and white-box testing, trying error cases, finding security weaknesses, improving the user experience, and how to maintain your product in the long term. The final section describes how best to test the limits of your application. How does it behave under failure conditions and can it recover? What is the maximum load it can sustain? And how does it respond when overloaded? By the end of this book, you will know how to write detailed test plans to improve the quality of your software applications.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Part 1 – Preparing to Test
Part 2 – Functional Testing
Part 3 – Non-Functional Testing
Appendix – Example Feature Specification

Part 1 – Preparing to Test

Before we begin testing, we need a detailed description of the desired behavior. This information comes from three main sources: exploratory testing to examine the currently implemented functionality; written specification documents, which generally need to be improved by the test team; and formal, detailed discussions with the product owner and development team. This part examines each of those sources of information and looks at different types of tests and how to use them to the best effect. Together those details fully prepare you to begin testing.

This part comprises the following chapters:

  • Chapter 1, Making the Most of Exploratory Testing
  • Chapter 2, Writing Great Feature Specifications
  • Chapter 3, How to Run Successful Specification Reviews
  • Chapter 4, Test Types, Cases, and Environments