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Visual Test 6 Bible Paperback – December 10, 1998

ISBN-13: 078-5555532557 ISBN-10: 0764532553

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Product Details

  • Series: Bible
  • Paperback: 712 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (December 10, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764532553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764532559
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,177,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Does your desktop glow bug-zapper blue? Visual Test 6 Bible will help you figure out Rational Visual Test 6 and enable you to unleash its powerful test-automation tools on your thorniest software projects.

This book documents the Visual Test 6 interface and explains how to use the Visual Test programming language. The author reveals how even the most perplexing pieces of Visual Test work and shows you how to use them in practical situations. Coverage of the Visual Test scripting language is very easy for the newcomer to follow, and a solid language reference backs up the author's excellent, example-rich tutorial. All of this book's programming examples accompany the text on CD-ROM, along with various supplementary materials.

Beyond its exploration of Visual Test itself, Visual Test 6 Bible serves as a resource for the software manager who is concerned with shipping a product as specified--on time and on budget. Thomas R. Arnold II, who helped develop Visual Test 4b, discusses the business and engineering implications of automated testing and acknowledges that in many instances, such testing is more trouble than it's worth. He helps you develop and manage a coherent quality-assurance plan and integrate it with the rest of the development process. It's the author's holistic approach to Visual Test and its uses that makes this book excellent. --David Wall

About the Author

About the Author Tom Arnold graduated from Purdue University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science. He began his career in the computer industry at Asymetrix Corporation, where he was the Senior Test Lead and contributing developer for their Multimedia & Tools Group. Tom has dedicated the majority of his career to testing, working at Software Testing Laboratories (ST Labs, Inc.) and Microsoft Corporation. He has also developed and taught testing courses for Microsoft employees and other companies (such as MCI, IBM, Traveling Software, Spry/CompuServe, Attachmate, Hewlett-Packard, Delrina, Asymetrix, Aldus/Adobe, Peachtree, Compaq, Entergy, and Corel). As a Vice President at ST Labs, Inc., he led the development teams for ST Labs' add-on products, Test Now 1.0 and 2.0, and built the training department, which continued to provide training on Visual Test and other quality assurance topics. In late 1996 Tom consulted on the Visual Test 4.0b update (later renamed to Visual Test 4.0r when it was purchased by Rational Software Corporation). In 1998 he left ST Labs to join a new company focusing on the creation of instructional digital media (DVDs, CD-ROMs, streaming content, and plain old videos) for software products. Tom also moved onto the Rational Software development team as a Development Manager for the release of Rational Visual Test 6.0. He has written Software Testing with Visual Test 4.0 for IDG Books Worldwide, plays host and instructor in a Visual Test 6.0 video series, and teaches hands-on Visual Test classes. Visit www.vtindepth.com to get updates on all Visual Test-related topics or to contact Tom.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
Mr. Arnold's book offers both a helping hand for slow starters and a great jumping-off point for those that want to hit the ground running.
We weren't certain where to begin so we bought this book and it helped us understand that there are times when automation makes sense and there are definitely times when it should be put on the back burner.
When automation should be brought in to play, though, this book has extensive source code examples, a great language reference, and is encouraging every step of the way. He also points out key aspects of the product that aren't clearly documented by the software manufacturers (or not documented at all!).
Thanks, Tom, for your great writing style and for making our jobs easier!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
Although this book is geared to new users starting out with Visual Test, even experienced Visual Test users will gather valuable nuggets of information. I particularly like how the author explains the use of Visual Test within the context of the software development process. Real world examples are sprinkled throughout which adds to its readability. I recommend this book to Visual Test users.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Nithammer on March 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
When I started a new job in the QA department of a software company accompanying my studies, I hardly knew anything about automated software testing and test scripts like Visual Test.
I was given the "Visual Test 6 Bible" in order to learn Visual Test. Within a few days reading the book, I successfully was able to write my first test scripts doing exactly that, what was expected.
The book was pretty interesting to read, easy to understand, at least for me being an intermediate C++ programmer, and quickly leading to results.
The only negative aspect of this book is the name, 'cos a book called "bible" should give a bit more in depth information, but since I currently am satisfied with the knowledge I gained by reading this book, I don't really miss it, just thought a different name could have matched better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Wilson on September 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
I can't begin to say enough good things about this book. 700 pages of material that covers the product from A-Z, and then some!
The book starts off with a history of the tool, explaining how it evolved from an internal Microsoft utility to the version now owned by Rational Software. Next it goes on to touch on the development cycle and where automation should (or in some cases shouldn't) fit into that process. This section alone was worth the price of the book because it added weight to what I've been saying about how to approach automation effectively and RESPONSIBLY.
It continues on to describe where everything is installed on the machine and why. Very helpful information especially for test engineers who are always ripping their systems apart. Break something in VT when mucking with your system and this will help you get VT running again quickly.
The next section goes on to cover the entire UI, language and utilities, and gets the reader started with a simple coding example.
Part III of the book is where the rubber meets the road: Building a Test Suite. Such topics as coding guidelines, determining what approach to take, starting out with simple test cases, and creating common (and sharable) utilities are clearly illustrated.
The final section is for when you're comfortable with your automation and want to get into some advanced topics. Arnold goes into working with pointers, working with binary files, callbacks, linking into APIs, the works. He also discusses how to write scripts for running tests remotely on multiple machines over a network. Lastly, he talks about how to automate HTML testing using Internet Explorer.
The appendices -- especially Appendix A -- are very helpful.
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