- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (April 12, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471358460
- ISBN-13: 978-0471358466
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 71 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The original printing of Testing Computer Software set the standard for the emerging field of test engineering with a full tour of the state of the art in managing the testing process. The reissued text makes this classic out-of-print text available once again. Though it relies heavily on older examples (including MS-DOS) and has not been updated, this text is still a worthwhile resource for practical-minded advice on the realities of testing.
The best thing about Testing Computer Software is its practical point-by-point guide to everyday software testing, from creating a test plan, to writing effective bug reports, to working with programming staff and management to fix bugs.
That said, this book's early frame of reference shows how far we've come. (The book relies heavily on MS-DOS examples and features some truly embarrassing anachronisms, including the mention of testing dot-matrix printers and even EGA/VGA video modes.) The bibliography stops at sources from 1992 and features many references from the 1980s. Nowadays, automated software testing tools are the staple of any testing strategy. This book even advocates a wait-and-see approach to the "new" Microsoft Test.
These limitations aside, there is still a good deal to mine here. Much of the approach to testing is still very valid for any aspiring or working test engineer. Clearly, readers of the first edition will have little reason to upgrade to this second edition, but for anyone who appreciates a "classic" (and indeed a pioneering) text in the field of software testing, it's good to have Testing Computer Software in print again. --Richard Dragan
Topics covered: test case design, test planning, project lifecycle overview, software errors, boundary conditions, bug reports, regression testing, black box testing, software quality and reliability, managing test teams, printer testing, internationalization, and managing legal risk.
"I enjoyed reading Testing computer software. The text contains numerous highlights Offering practical advice, authoritative figures you can cite to customers and higher management, and entertaining anecdotes to share with coworkers Although some sections need updating, I still think it is a valuable training and reference source for software testers, managers, and developers." --Diomidis Spinellis; IEEE software magazine (May /June 2001))
"Deep insight and a great deal of experience is contained in this book" (Database & Network Journal, Vol 30/5 2000)
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One note though, pick your vendor wisely. I bought this used in "good" condition with "some notes and highlighting." Well..I haven't really noticed much highlighting because I've been so preoccupied with keeping the pages together! My book came completely un-bound for the first 60-70 pages, which subsequently led to the remainder of the book coming apart too. No matter how carefully (read-Uncomfortably and Awkwardly) I used it. UNACCEPTABLE
What's even more irksome, is that this is more so a textbook--something I would like to be able to refer to every now and then..
Guess I'll just have to buy another NEW copy now..
My advice--be careful about buyng USED books online. And just steer clear entirely when the books you'll be byung are reference/text-books.
Everything the new or intermediate test professional needs to know is covered. The practices and techniques provided will foster sound QA practices and will step you through developing test strategies, and from those, developing and executing test cases. These are the real essence of testing, and this book covers them exceptionally well.
I like the coverage of testing systems and artifacts that are not software - documentation, hardware, and localization testing advice shows that testing is not limited to software. As importantly, the chapter on legal consequences of software defects will show testing in a perspective that is often overlooked, even by seasoned test professionals.
If you are new to software testing, or have some experience, but no formal training, this book will provide you with the right way to approach software testing, and will give insights that would take years to learn on your own.
This book was recommended to me by my test lead from Satisfice
It presents very useful information in a refreshing style thatallows you to apply it to your testing immediatly.
Anyone who wantsto improve their thinking process should purchase this book, no matterhow little or how much experience you have this book is worth having:)
I look forward to reading other books by Cem and crew.