Foundations of Software Testing Paperback – December 30, 2013
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About the Author
Cem Kaner, J.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Software Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology, a research-focused university that was recently ranked as one of the top 200 universities in the world. Kaner is lead author of several books, including Lessons Learned in Software Testing, The Domain Testing Workbook, and Testing Computer Software. He is lead developer of the BBST (Black Box Software Testing) series of videos and online courses. Kaner holds doctorates in Psychology and in Law. He teaches courses on software testing, metrics, requirements analysis, applied statistics, and software-related law, ethics and societal issues. Kaner was honored by the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group for Computers and Society with its "Making a Difference" Award and by the Software Test Professionals with its "Software Test Luminary" Award. He was elected to the American Law Institute in recognition of his work on laws governing software quality and electronic commerce. Before coming back to university to teach (in 2000), Kaner lived in Silicon Valley for 17 years and worked as a development manager/director, programmer, tester, technical writer and development consultant.
Rebecca L. Fiedler, Ph.D., has spent decades teaching students of all ages - from Kindergarten to University. In the testing community, she works with Cem Kaner on the Black Box Software Testing (BBST) online professional development courses. She is a regular attendee and presenter at the Workshop on Teaching Software Testing and has had numerous presentations at national and international conferences in education and educational technology.
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I intend to use it as a self-study refresher guide, and to recommend it to colleagues as they prepare for the Foundations course.
This book is a companion piece that provides a reference to the first part of those materials – the Foundations of Software Testing. It provides readers with the slides, transcriptions of the videos and spaces below for note taking, brainstorming and follow up questions. Readers will also find guidance on assignments, the assignments themselves and the author’s reflection on how well the material has done – the good and the bad.
Despite having the information online (available for free to anyone who wants to learn) I enjoy having a book to reference with pages that I can mark. Anyone who has taken the BBST classes will agree there is so much information on the slides and you move so quickly it’s difficult to absorb everything presented. Having a reference book that you can review several times (during and after) helps me (to this day) re-discover gems that I missed but can apply to my work. I suppose that’s the power and value of the underlying BBST materials.
I’d recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn more about Software Testing, for students going through the materials in a class, or on their own. I'd also recommend it for those who've reviewed the material because it makes a great reference.