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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

Running a bug bounty program

Security testing is one area that is particularly easy to outsource. You should keep up to date with the latest security warnings that affect your application, but you can also apply for ethical hackers to try to find weaknesses in your application. Running a bug bounty program requires an investment of your time to answer the reports and a budget to make payments for valid discoveries. However, it is a quick way to get feedback and alternative points of view on your application’s security. You can advertise your program on common forums and your site, and part of being a researcher is finding those adverts.

Security researchers should be familiar with the latest tools and know how to check for the latest vulnerabilities. This can save you time to concentrate on other aspects of product testing without having to recruit someone and make the long-term commitment of paying their salary. Researchers are particularly good at finding common problems...