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Just Enough Software Test Automation 1st Edition

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  • Techniques that improve software quality and reduce time to market
  • Pragmatic approaches to plan and manage every facet of automated software testing
  • Includes a complete sample automation project plan

Practical automated testing techniques that enhance software quality and reduce time to market!

Just Enough Test Automation is a practical, hands-on guide to software test automation from the perspective of test developers and users. Two leading software testing consultants offer real-world dos and don'ts for designing and implementing test automation infrastructure—along with pragmatic advice on what today's most popular approaches to automated testing can and can't accomplish. Coverage includes:

  • Setting realistic expectations: knowing when and what to automate
  • Planning for automated testing
  • Implementing the Control Synchronized Data Driven Testing (CSDDT) Framework, a proven approach to simplify and accelerate testing
  • Simplify maintenance of test scripts and promote reuse using structured test script writing.
  • Automating unit testing, integration testing, and system/regression testing
  • Managing the automated testing process for optimal efficiency

The book also includes a complete sample automation project plan, covering documentation, implementation, the automation environment, roles, responsibilities, and much more.

About the Author

DANIEL J. MOSLEY is founder and principal of Client-Server Software Testing Technologies and author of The Handbook of MIS Application Software Testing and Client-Server Software Testing on the Desktop and Web (Prentice Hall PTR). A Certified Software Test Engineer (CSTE), Mosley served as senior consultant and seminar leader for the Quality Assurance Institute and authored the TEST-RxTM Methodology.

BRUCE A. POSEY specializes in developing and implementing data-driven, framework-based test scripts utilizing SQA Suite/Rational Team Test. He has nearly 30 years' IT experience in diverse roles at MasterCard, Deutsche Financial Services, SBC, and other leading firms. He is owner and principal consultant of The Archer Group, which specializes in software testing and training.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 1 edition (July 25, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130084689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130084682
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,562,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mike Tarrani HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on August 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is written for the in-the-trenches testing practitioner. Before describing the book and its strengths, I need to state that the authors' views of certain aspects of software engineering dramatically differ from kine. Specifically, they express some disdain for applying a life cycle approach to testing in general and test automation in particular, and also don't seem to see the value of maturity frameworks, such as the CMM. On the other hand, they are forthright about their focus on the practitioner, and are strong proponents of process. My views differ from theirs in that I see the value of bounding processes within a life cycle flow, and also see the value in measuring capability. While my perspective may not be meaningful to the practitioner who is actually doing the testing, it does take into account the realities of managing an IT organization.
Regardless of my opinions and views, the authors have put together a powerful, sensible approach to test automation. Key strengths include:
- Pragmatism, including compelling counter arguments to my own views (especially in the first two chapters titled "What Is Just Enough Test Automation?" and "Knowing When and What to Automate". I particularly liked the distinctions between processes, and life cycles and tools.
- Going straight to the critical success factors, such as requirements as the entire basis for test planning, and ensuring traceability throughout the development life cycle. In addition, the frank discussion of limitations of some testing tools, and the associated high maintenance associated with scripts, is illuminating. I also liked the way that the book shows what can be automated, and, more importantly, what cannot (or should not) be.
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As a software tester, I have been witness to several well-meaning attempts at software test automation end up in failure.
Usually the unsuccessful attempts end up at some point with a declaration similar to the following: We just do not have time to automate testing right now!
The automation tool becoming unused Shelfware usually follows this scenario. Meanwhile, the project moves forward without the many benefits of automated software testing.
The reasons for these failures have been many. I believe that every one of these reasons has been addressed in this practical hands-on guide.
This book stresses the importance of front-end test planning and test design activities.
It is especially effective at explaining why the traditional capture/playback model that testing tool vendors have championed for years just does not work most of the time in the real world of testing applications.
The case for data-driven automated testing is logically and thoughtfully presented. Not only is the data-driven approach presented, the book explains how to actually implement sound data-driven test scripts. The fundamental concept of separating data from function in the development of test scripts is clearly explained.
A very important section of the book offers practical advice on whether or not to automate, as well as when and what to automate.
Because the authors are actual practitioners they offer useful advice on test automation from the test automation developers/users perspective. It includes very pragmatic advice obviously gleaned through actual hands-on experience on what to do and what not to do when designing and implementing a test automation infrastructure.
I found the book to be really worth the read. I would advise anyone interested in the successful implementation of automated software testing to read this book.
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"Purchasing a software testing tool suite does not constitute implementing a software process". Wise words from Dan Mosley and Bruce Posey in "Just Enough Software Test Automation"; maybe some development managers need to take heed.
Too many times have automated test tools become shelfware, or the cost of maintaining the scripts prohibitvely expensive. The authors of this book offer a simple and easy to use data-driven framework that can minimise scripts and human effort. They place their framework within the Rational Unified Process (RUP).
The book offers actual and detailed advice that goes all the way down to code and script templates. Based mostly on Rational tools, the book gives lip service to Winrunner and anything said can be translated to any automated tool.
Their open-source framework is the Control Synchronized Data Driven Testing(CSDDT). Data to be input, keywords to navigate through the application and actions to be performed are held in the spreadsheet. There are four main scripts: A Main script that reads and processes the records; a window selection script, a tab selection script, an action script and error handling script. Data input is held in an array and there is a comment field that documents the test record. Your application code is held in a switch statement, and it is highly conceivable that your project can have single figure script numbers. There is also a script that converts the spreadsheet data in a .csv file that is read by the Main script. There is detailed
information given on how to implement the CSDDT. It is a framework I use and am pleased with.
There are two interesting chapters on Unit and Integration testing. Like eXtreme Programmers they believe in automating unit tests that pass at 100% before submitting for build.
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