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ISBN-13: 978-0471789116 ISBN-10: 0471789119 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Spektrum; 1 edition (August 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471789119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471789116
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 6.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #658,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The text is user friendly, very clear, and supported by appropriate tables and process figures, combined with examples and process execution steps. There are useful detailed explanations inside text boxes and table, with nicely designed and explained figures, as well as generated software code samples...This is a very advanced book that I highly recommend to all software testing and QA practioners." (Computing Reviews, November 5, 2008)

This book provides a comprehensive review of topics dealing with software testing and quality assurance. The writing style is plain but efficient, while the content covers theoretical (to some extent) and practical concepts in this field. Naik (Univ. of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) and Tripathy (NEC Laboratories America Inc.) seem to have limited exposure to current research in software testing, but they adequately cover the fundamentals. The literature review sections are useful for researchers who wish to expand their knowledge on a specific topic, with references well placed at the end of individual chapters. The rather basic exercises are not really helpful for instructors. The work would benefit by a few more supportive examples, although the ones present are well designed to illustrate the theory, where available. Software testing may be considered a relatively specialized computer science topic, existing in the few departments where a software-testing expert resides or in academic institutions offering a software engineering degree. However, it is nevertheless an important subject, with extended applications in industry, the concepts of which are covered adequately here. This volume would be useful for instructional purposes at the undergraduate level and for professionals seeking references to more specialized information. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, faculty, researchers, and practitioners. – D. Papamichail, University of Miami (Choice, 2009)

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A superior primer on software testing and quality assurance, from integration to execution and automation

This important new work fills the pressing need for a user-friendly text that aims to provide software engineers, software quality professionals, software developers, and students with the fundamental developments in testing theory and common testing practices.

Software Testing and Quality Assurance: Theory and Practice equips readers with a solid understanding of:

  • Practices that support the production of quality software
  • Software testing techniques
  • Life-cycle models for requirements, defects, test cases, and test results
  • Process models for units, integration, system, and acceptance testing
  • How to build test teams, including recruiting and retaining test engineers

  • Quality Models, Capability Maturity Model, Testing Maturity Model, and Test Process Improvement Model

Expertly balancing theory with practice, and complemented with an abundance of pedagogical tools, including test questions, examples, teaching suggestions, and chapter summaries, this book is a valuable, self-contained tool for professionals and an ideal introductory text for courses in software testing, quality assurance, and software engineering.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Xoie Reviewy on October 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is very inconsistent in helping you learn. For example, chapter 10 is full of notation on finite state machines, but things are hardly explained at all. There is hardly any reasoning for why you are generating all of these various sequences. Then look at chapter 17 and you get definitions like:

Learnability: The capability of the software product to enable the user to learn its applications.

Operability: The capability of the software product to enable the user to operate and control it.

Attractiveness: The capability of the software product to be liked by the user.

How can you go from the insanely complex finite state machine stuff to telling someone what attractiveness is. And they never vary to say "the capability of the software product". The book wastes time writing that out where it could be using that time to explain the concepts that are actually difficult. It definitely seems the book was written by two different people.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Congwei Dang on September 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I borrowed this book from library and have read a lot of it. I am a system/SW engineer with more than 10 year experience in every phases of SW engineering. Although now I am focusing on the areas of SW PM, I found I needed know more about to how to improve the quality of SW with lower cost. I read several recommended books and found this one perhaps is the best one which fit the condition of mine.

This book is very sysmatic, not only in the way of organizing the contents, but in the perspective of writing the book, so that you can get a lot of valuable information no matter you are a programmer, tester, PM, or QA. By reading the book, you can feel the solid theory backgrounds of the authors, which add readable features not difficulties. The best practices are also illustrated, and some of them are thoroughly discussed(such as code review). The up-to-date issues are well selected and I think most of the new technology trends and methodologies are included in this book so you can save much time to read more other books.

I am surprised to see there is no comment on this book yet, so I put my view here hoping it can give some help.
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I read this book to get an academic understanding of software testing and QA. This textbook was very comprehensive and helped me learn the vocabulary and concepts of testing. I really enjoyed the first chapter which provided a broad overview of testing. I know I will be returning to this book as my career progresses.
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It is a complete material about QA and Sw Testing. You can start to read it no matter if you are a begginer in the field.
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