Verifying the behavior of a software system against the expected behavior of that system.

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How and when to use UNIT testing properly

I am an iOS developer. I have read about unit testing and how it is used to test specific pieces of your code. A very quick example has to do with processing JSON data onto a database. The unit ...
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What are the differences between QA engineers and software engineers?

The way I see it is if you write code that does something useful then you're a software engineer but from what I gather QA engineers seem to have an inferiority complex. It seems like QA engineers are ...
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Acceptance tests done first…how can this be accomplished?

The basic gist of most Agile methods is that a feature is not "done" until it's been developed, tested, and in many cases released. This is supposed to happen in quick turnaround chunks of time such ...
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Bugs keep reappearing in our GUI software during development. How should this be addressed?

We have a software product has a lot of usability features, and we're constantly changing it. We have issues with things like persisting scroll position which seem to get fixed, but then are broken ...
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Should the test and the fix be written by different people?

There is a common practice in TDD to write a test before fix to avoid regression and simplify fixing. I just wonder what if the test and fix will be written by different people, total spent time will ...
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Should I test my China-targeted website with “360 Secure Browser” (browser in China)?

Developing a website aiming to the Chinese market, I am wondering whether I should do compatibility tests with the 360 secure browser, which is based on the Trident layout engine (like Internet ...
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Difference between a Quality Engineer and a Tester

In a software firm there are three kinds of jobs Software Developer Software Quality Engineer Software Tester The role of a software developer is quite clear but what's the difference between the ...
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How are mock objects commonly misused?

I read an article recently which said that mock objects are often misunderstood and misused. Are there any clear mocking anti-patterns which I can look out for?
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Career path for software QA / Test engineer

I have been working as a software QA analyst for 6 years. I will be finishing a Masters degree in computer science this year. I’m just not sure how to advance my career after my graduation. I like ...
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What are the Characteristics of a Software “Center of Excellence” (CoE)?

Recently a new director of my department came in and expressed his wish that we become a "center of excellence". I expected that since he is my first boss who actually has a programming background ...
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Testing web applications written in java

How do you test the web applications (both server side and client side code)? The testing method has to work irrespective of the framework used (struts, spring web mvc) etc. I am using Java for the ...
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How much time/money should be spent on software QA/QC? [closed]

Any non-trivial commercial application/program/system/what-have-you requires testing (QA/QC). Not counting things like automated tests, how much time/money relative to the development investment in ...
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How do you define a node and an edge when talking about McCabes Complexity?

I am trying to understand the formula, but I am a bit in doubt how exactly you define edges and nodes. Edges seem to be every possible exit from a statement and nodes seem to be statements, is this ...
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What is the difference between debugging and testing?

Introduction To Software Testing (Ammann & Offutt) mentions on p.32 a 5-level testing maturity model: Level 0 There’s no difference between testing and debugging. Level 1 The purpose of testing ...
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Math underpinnings of software testing?

In my software engineering course, we recently (briefly) covered testing. Over the course of the discussion some topics came up that made me wonder about the math underlying software testing (such as ...
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How to explain the value of unit testing

I want to introduce the concept of unit tests (and testing in general) to my co-workers; right now there are no tests at all and things are tested by actually performing the tasks via the UI to see ...
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Do testers have to look at source code?

How necessary is it for testers to do white-box testing in addition to black-box testing? As a developer, I see value in having a QA-minded person go through my code and look for weak points, but it ...
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Coping with an unfixable endless project

We have a large (1200+ hours) website that has a lot of technical debt. This is mainly caused by the following (usual) reasons. Multiple programmers who come and go during development. Change of ...
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Generating tests from specification

I am reading "The Pragmatic Programmer" . The book has the following paragraph Dave once worked on an international telex switch. Quite understandably, the client demanded an exhaustive test ...
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Why to let / not let developers test their own work

I want to gather some arguments as to why letting a developer testing his/her own work as the last step before the product goes into production is a bad idea, because unfortunately, my place of work ...
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Is it worth cross-browser testing in GWT applications?

as GWT is supposed to abstract all the browsers implementations (for widgets, etc) is it worth doing cross-browser testing? I was just thinking to test only the styling related stuff (CSS related) in ...
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Outsourcing Quality Assurance and Testing [closed]

I was recently approached by a software firm that specializes in Quality Assurance and Testing. Up until this point, the developers at our (small) company have been responsible for their own QA for ...
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How do open source projects deal with complex setup and deployment?

At most of my corporate clients they have very complex systems with multiple entities to be deployed and tested. (e.g. client software, user database, system, database, identity manager application, ...
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Questions for a peer code review

I am in the process of creating a short check-list for peer code reviews. So far I have come up with the following... Is there a unit test? Is there a integration test? Do you understand the code ...
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How to Convince management that a specific product training is important to QA?

I am leading a QA team of 10 people. we have been received the request for a training of a ETL dataware housing tool for QA, Support and Development. But however the management does not feel that it ...
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Mac Dev Team, suggestions for an remote windows testing environment?

Alright, so my situation is as follows: 1 Front End Developer 2 Back End Developers 1 QA Tester We all currently have Virtual Machines, or Second PC's set up with our windows environments to test. ...
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How did you find the slow performance in your application?

What makes the web application perform and scale better is always a big topic. And finding the performance problems and tuning them is another... Here is some my thoughts of how to "finding" ...
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Reports from the front lines: VS Lab Management

I'm looking into Lab Management right now for our test environment for manual and automated testing. I'm just getting started on the process of putting together various servers to host/support it and ...
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Help with Seminar on Software Testing [closed]

All, I need to give a small seminar(about 20mins duration) to a class on Software Testing. Given the time constraint, I wanted to seek opinion from everyone as to what primary topics should I cover ...
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How do you identify “edge” cases on algorithms?

Basically how do you find out which could be your worst or best case and any other "edge" cases you might have BEFORE having them and so, how do you prepare your code for them?
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Are there any tools for testing drag & drop Windows desktop applications?

I need to develop a Windows desktop application (win32 API) which will use drag & drop extensively in many formats, including my own. I need to test it, for example, with CF_TEXT dragging, CF_RTF, ...
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Programmers doing testing

I am wondering how typical it is for programmers to switch hats and do testing on each other's work. Assume that the team wants to take a "shared responsibility" approach to moving tasks from being ...
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Android development & hardware testing - Which handsets & tests? What are the best options/deals? [closed]

I'm quite new to Android development. I spent a few weeks, doing tutorials and developping simple apps. Now, I'm focusing on all the test aspects. I have done Junit tests before so I thought it would ...
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Why would you use built-in WebDev instead of local IIS

Since starting developing ASP.NET projects I find myself familiar just touching F5 for debugging. I think most of us are learned that way? From then and much later I learned to live with the spooky ...
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Where can I get beta testers for a software library?

There are a few similar questions to this one already. But mine differs enough to warrant being asked separately. I've written an authentication ASP.Net library and I'm looking for beta testers. I've ...
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Dealing with resistance to testing code

I've recently switched jobs. At my previous job, everyone wrote tests and we were all in a happy place. In my new role, I've been asked to setup CI and testing. I'm experiencing some resistance to ...
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How do I approach fixing an unreproducible/randomly occurring bug?

We have a multilingual website in which a bug was discovered some days ago. It was displaying other language data in other language and also the mixture of data like English language was selected but ...
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Testing activities carried out in an OO development project

Does anyone know the testing activities carried out in an Object-Oriented development project that uses an incremental approach to development and delivery?
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Using JMeter with a utility that does not support proxies

Currently I'm checking some client and server software and I wish to expand the testing coverage for it. Specifically I want to increase the quality of the load and stress testing that is performed so ...
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(Why) is it important that a unit test not test dependencies?

I understand the value of automated testing and use it wherever the problem is well-specified enough that I can come up with good test cases. I've noticed, though, that some people here and on ...
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Does anyone know of a way to acquire a REAL credit card that is specifically designated for ecommerce testing purposes?

What I mean is we always want to test something in the actual real world live production environment, regardless of any testing we do with any fake paypal credit card numbers or other sandboxed ...
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controlling 2 Windows simultaneously for a-b testing

I'm searching for an app that is cloning all my commands(mouse and keyboard) to a second window. Especially for Browsers. I'd like to test a web page and want to see the different behavior in two ...
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unit tests for a csv parser

What tests should I use to unit test a csv parser? I have a simple csv parser in C#, and I want to be sure I have good unit test coverage of all the common (and uncommon) edge cases. What tests ...
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Studies on breakdown of various costs associated with a Software project [closed]

I am looking for links and advice on studies done on the breakdown of costs associated with Software development. In particular I am looking on what percentage of effort is testing vs programming, ...
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What do you call the test suite developers run before checkin?

I'm working on a project where we're adding automated testing to an existing project. We're starting with a central component, and setting up both unit tests at the code module level, and tests that ...
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Does TDD formally use black box testing to supplement unit tests?

Unit tests are never perfect at capturing functionality, particularly in certain parts of an application (such as the GUI), so everyone needs some measure black box testing. Does TDD have anything to ...
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Should each unit test be able to be run independently of other tests?

Say you have tests for two methods of a class. The first method gathers data from another tier and puts it into some sort of storage independent of the runtime (such as a SQL table), so all of the ...
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Unit testing best practices for a unit testing newbie

In recent years, I have only written small components for people in larger projects or small tools. I have never written a unit test and it always seems like learning how to write them and actually ...
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Smartphones and tablets for testing

In my work I have started development of a website/webapp that will be viewed primarily on smartphones and tablet. I have now been given the task of buying the necessary hardware for testing the ...
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Parameterized tests - When and why do you use them?

Recently at work we've been having some differences of opinion with regard to Parameterized testing. Normally we use a TDD-style (or at least try to) so I understand the benefits of that approac. ...