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This book will teach you how to test computer software under real-world conditions. The authors have all been test managers and software development managers at well-known Silicon Valley software companies. Successful consumer software companies have learned how to produce high-quality products under tight time and budget constraints. The book explains the testing side of This book will teach you how to test computer software under real-world conditions. The authors have all been test managers and software development managers at well-known Silicon Valley software companies. Successful consumer software companies have learned how to produce high-quality products under tight time and budget constraints. The book explains the testing side of that success. Who this book is for: * Testers and Test Managers * Project Managers-Understand the timeline, depth of investigation, and quality of communication to hold testers accountable for. * Programmers-Gain insight into the sources of errors in your code, understand what tests your work will have to pass, and why testers do the things they do. * Students-Train for an entry-level position in software development. What you will learn: * How to find important bugs quickly * How to describe software errors clearly * How to create a testing plan with a minimum of paperwork * How to design and use a bug-tracking system * Where testing fits in the product development process * How to test products that will be translated into other languages * How to test for compatibility with devices, such as printers * What laws apply to software quality


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This book will teach you how to test computer software under real-world conditions. The authors have all been test managers and software development managers at well-known Silicon Valley software companies. Successful consumer software companies have learned how to produce high-quality products under tight time and budget constraints. The book explains the testing side of This book will teach you how to test computer software under real-world conditions. The authors have all been test managers and software development managers at well-known Silicon Valley software companies. Successful consumer software companies have learned how to produce high-quality products under tight time and budget constraints. The book explains the testing side of that success. Who this book is for: * Testers and Test Managers * Project Managers-Understand the timeline, depth of investigation, and quality of communication to hold testers accountable for. * Programmers-Gain insight into the sources of errors in your code, understand what tests your work will have to pass, and why testers do the things they do. * Students-Train for an entry-level position in software development. What you will learn: * How to find important bugs quickly * How to describe software errors clearly * How to create a testing plan with a minimum of paperwork * How to design and use a bug-tracking system * Where testing fits in the product development process * How to test products that will be translated into other languages * How to test for compatibility with devices, such as printers * What laws apply to software quality

30 review for Testing Computer Software

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kimball

    I didn't read this cover-to-cover. It's a rather good book, but aspects of it are now a little dated, and I found other resources more useful overall. Most especially, I found Cem Kaner's free online testing class much more informative and useful. Mostly, I felt like there was a large part of this book that didn't feel terribly applicable to my testing problems, even if it is useful to help examine different ways of looking at tests and test ideas. It's just that better work has been done since. I didn't read this cover-to-cover. It's a rather good book, but aspects of it are now a little dated, and I found other resources more useful overall. Most especially, I found Cem Kaner's free online testing class much more informative and useful. Mostly, I felt like there was a large part of this book that didn't feel terribly applicable to my testing problems, even if it is useful to help examine different ways of looking at tests and test ideas. It's just that better work has been done since. Should a serious tester buy this book and be familiar with it? Yes, eventually. Is it the most useful book out there? No. Should it be the first book a tester reads? No.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nathaniel Turner

    I'll start off with a little honesty: I didn't read the last three and a half chapters of this book. In part, this was because the library wanted the book back. More than that, it's because those chapters are really, really long. The information in this book is extremely useful for anyone in the software testing business. There are basic principles which pervade eras and technology, and this book addresses those effectively and thoroughly. Unfortunately, there is also the m I'll start off with a little honesty: I didn't read the last three and a half chapters of this book. In part, this was because the library wanted the book back. More than that, it's because those chapters are really, really long. The information in this book is extremely useful for anyone in the software testing business. There are basic principles which pervade eras and technology, and this book addresses those effectively and thoroughly. Unfortunately, there is also the minor issue of technological advancement. Most of this book is geared toward testing in a DOS environment. There is wide discussion of issues that have largely been codified and simplified in recent decades, such as operating system interactions and printers. Sure, there are still many potential hiccups in those areas, but not so many as this book suggests--if only because of the drastic changes in the atmosphere of software that inevitably take place over the years. Having said that, if you're old enough to remember that DOS used to be a thing, even those parts of this book won't be a dull read for (aspiring) testers. Pay special attention to discussion of designing test plans and cases, because that comes in handy regardless of what you're testing. Laugh a little at the heavily outdated software mentions (like having Windows or another GUI/OS as a relatively new thing). Typographical errors in this book are relatively few and far between, and they're minor enough that you have to laud the copy-editors (who likely have no background and even less enjoyment in software testing) for doing as well as they did.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kate B

    While the examples are out of date, testing methodology doesn't really change if you're testing dot matrix printers or iPhone apps. This is a standard QA reference book for a reason.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dan Stewart

    I read this book because it came highly recommended by many other testers in the industry. I thought it would not be relevant for Web and mobile testing, but the principles are timeless. I really liked the humor and the matter-of-fact tone in the book. It kept me engaged.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Julie Pixie

    good but outdated now

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dmitry

    Книга о том, как организовывать процесс тестирования при разработке ПО каскадным методом. Несколько устарела, но кое-что почерпнуть можно.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Scott Griffiths

    One of the great software testing books. Lots of relevant approaches and ideas

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sergey Badulin

    Хороший обзор деятельности тестировщиков разных уровней с конкретными приемами работы. Некоторые главы можно пропустить (тестирование печати и т.п.)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Galen

    This is the seminal work for the practicing software quality assurance engineer. At least it was back when I was testing COTS software. It seemed a little less useful for testing web applications when I tried to get the test team to read it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ian Carl

    This book is great giving you a rundown on what to expect in the testing process and how to go about thinking of test cases. However, I was really hoping this book would actually have shown more code, both in the sense of the testing code, and the code that's being tested.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Adib

    I will recommend this book for fresher. This book organized in such a way so that fresher or newbie testers can learn about testing theory , philosophy and can also get practical experience on Software Testing.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Excellent book on the methods, advantages and hazards of software testing. I have seen objections that this book is dated, but it certainly covers the basics. If someone tries to sell you a silver bullet, for better or worse, you are likely to find a lot of relevance here.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Santosh

    recommend for QA

  14. 4 out of 5

    Namida

    Excellent summary of the software testing field. The examples are understandably dated, but remain clear and purposeful. If you are new to testing and unsure of where to begin, this is it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Naan Imran

    good

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kari

    Actually has some good stuff in it!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Maram Al-amaal

    good

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mikhail

    It's fundamentional book of testing software.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Connery

    Solid information, but very dated examples.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dennis

    Great introduction to the field. Thorough explanation of motivation, challenges, and terminology. Probably a bit outdated, but I think the principles are still applicable.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Coral Rose

    What I learned? Um...everything I know about computer testing that didn't just spontaneously generate in my head.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chris Martin

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laxminarayan

  24. 5 out of 5

    Flash Sheridan

  25. 4 out of 5

    Serge

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rian Mueller

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mark S

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jakub T

  29. 4 out of 5

    Filipe Freire

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ludmila Ekzamengirl

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