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Fundamentals of Software Testing

ISBN: 978-1-84821-324-1
342 pages
January 2012, Wiley-ISTE
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The testing market is growing at a fast pace and ISTQB certifications are being increasingly requested, with more than 180,000 persons currently certified throughout the world. The ISTQB Foundations level syllabus was updated in 2011, and this book provides detailed course study material including a glossary and sample questions to help adequately prepare for the certification exam.
The fundamental aspects of testing are approached, as is testing in the lifecycles from Waterfall to Agile and iterative lifecycles. Static testing, such as reviews and static analysis, and their benefits are examined as well as techniques such as Equivalence Partitioning, Boundary Value Analysis, Decision Table Testing, State Transitions and use cases, along with selected white box testing techniques. Test management, test progress monitoring, risk analysis and incident management are covered, as are the methods for successfully introducing tools in an organization.

Contents

1. Fundamentals of Testing.
2. Testing Throughout the Software Life Cycle.
3. Static Techniques (FL 3.0).
4. Test Design Techniques (FL 4.0).
5. Test Management (FL 5.0).
6. Tools support for Testing (FL 6.0).
7. Mock Exam.
8. Templates and Models.
9. Answers to the Questions.

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Preface xi

Glossary xv

Chapter 1. Fundamentals of Testing 1

1.1. Why is testing necessary? (FL 1.1) 1

1.2. What is testing? (FL 1.2) 7

1.3. Paradoxes and main principles (FL 1.3) 11

1.4. Fundamental test process (FL 1.4) 14

1.5. Psychology of testing (FL 1.5) 22

1.6. Testers and code of ethics (FL 1.6) 27

1.7. Synopsis of this chapter 34

1.8. Sample exam questions 35

Chapter 2. Testing Throughout the Software Life Cycle 43

2.1. Software development models (FL 2.1) 43

2.2. Test levels (FL 2.2) 58

2.3. Types of tests (FL 2.3) 66

2.4. Test and maintenance (FL 2.4) 74

2.5. Oracles 81

2.6. Specific cases 83

2.7. Synopsis of this chapter 84

2.8. Sample exam questions 85

Chapter 3. Static Techniques (FL 3.0) 91

3.1. Static techniques and the test process (FL 3.1) 91

3.2. Review process (FL 3.2) 94

3.3. Static analysis by tools (FL 3.3)119

3.4. Added value of static activities 130

3.5. Synopsis of this chapter 131

3.6. Sample exam questions 131

Chapter 4. Test Design Techniques (FL 4.0) 137

4.1. The test development process (FL 4.1) 139

4.2. Categories of test design techniques (FL 4.2)143

4.3. Black-box techniques (FL 4.3) 147

4.4. Structure-based techniques (FL 4.4) 172

4.5. Experience-based techniques (FL 4.5) 187

4.6. Choosing test techniques (FL 4.6) 193

4.7. Synopsis of this chapter 194

4.8. Sample exam questions 195

Chapter 5. Test Management (FL 5.0) 209

5.1. Test organization (FL 5.1) 209

5.2. Test planning and estimation (FL 5.2) 215

5.3. Test progress monitoring and control (FL 5.3) 239

5.4. Reporting 242

5.5. Transverse processes and activities 246

5.6. Risks management (FL 5.5) 248

5.7. Defect management (FL 5.6) 257

5.8. Synopsis of this chapter 264

5.9. Sample exam questions 265

Chapter 6. Tools support for Testing (FL 6.0) 277

6.1. Types of test tools (FL 6.1) 278

6.2. Assumptions and limitations of test tools (FL 6.2) 283

6.3. Selecting and introducing tools in an organization (FL 6.3) 289

6.4. Synopsis of this chapter 295

6.5. Sample exam questions 296

Chapter 7. Mock Exam 301

Chapter 8. Templates and Models 315

8.1. Master test plan 315

8.2. Test plan 317

8.3. Test design document 319

8.4. Test case 320

8.5. Test procedure 321

8.6. Test log 322

8.7. Defect report 322

8.8. Test report 324

Chapter 9. Answers to the Questions 327

9.1. Answers to the end of chapter questions 327

9.2. Correct answers to the sample paper questions 329

Bibliography 331

Index 335

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