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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


Congratulations on reaching the end of the book! You have just learned a vast amount about software testing, which I painstakingly pieced together after decades of research, training, and trial and error. I’ve worked on a wide variety of products in many different roles and with many amazing engineers. If you can apply these lessons to test your product, you will uncover a host of issues and be able to release code with far more confidence.

This book describes just one step in the software development process: what tests you should run against your code. With an application sitting in front of you, what should you do to uncover its defects and gain confidence that it is of high quality? Testing is a vital step to ensure software quality, but it is far from the only one.

This book hasn’t covered important topics such as designing quality in code and code testability, test team organization and approaches, investigating and raising bugs, or managing risk...