Software testing

Beijing Union University,  Dept. of Electronic Information

information on control flow testing and data flow testing

 

Thumm, Mike (2007). "Talking Tactics"IEEE 2007 Custom Integrated Circuits Conference (CICC). IEEE, Inc. Retrieved 2009-02-03

 

 

Software testing is an investigation conducted to provide stakeholders with information about the quality of the product or service under test. Software testing also provides an objective, independent view of the software to allow the business to appreciate and understand the risks of software implementation. Test techniques include, but are not limited to, the process of executing a program or application with the intent of findingsoftware bugs.

Software testing can also be stated as the process of validating and verifying that a software program/application/product:

  1. meets the business and technical requirements that guided its design and development;
  2. works as expected; and
  3. can be implemented with the same characteristics.

Software testing, depending on the testing method employed, can be implemented at any time in the development process. However, most of the test effort occurs after the requirements have been defined and the coding process has been completed. As such, the methodology of the test is governed by the software development methodology adopted.

Different software development models will focus the test effort at different points in the development process. Newer development models, such as Agile, often employ test driven development and place an increased portion of the testing in the hands of the developer, before it reaches a formal team of testers. In a more traditional model, most of the test execution occurs after the requirements have been defined and the coding process has been completed.