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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)
1
Part 1 – Preparing to Test
6
Part 2 – Functional Testing
13
Part 3 – Non-Functional Testing
17
Conclusion
Appendix – Example Feature Specification

Breaching transaction rates

What if your application grew to 10 times the size? 100? 1,000? This might be a problem your company would love to have, but on that day, a vast numbers of users will get a first impression of your product. You only get one chance to give them a good experience, and stress testing is your chance to ensure that you achieve this.

For all the transaction rates that you can load test, you should also stress test beyond those limits to see your system’s performance. In practice, you should run these tests together: load your system within its specification to check for successful behavior, then keep turning up the rate to check what happens when it’s overloaded. In the same way that testing error cases is an extension of functional testing, stress testing is an extension of load testing.

You will need to produce a list of transactions relevant to your application, but consider the following examples:

  • The rate of web page requests
  • ...