The Minefield Myth (Part 2) – The value of regression testing

Last week I discussed the fallacy of the minefield analogy misrepresented by some people to suggest regression testing as uninteresting or unlikely to reveal new or important information.  Their premise is that executing the same test is similar to walking in someone’s footsteps through a minefield. While this argument seems logical on the surface, this…

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The Minefield Myth (Part 1)

In my studies at university I studied anthropology. Several courses I took surveyed folklore and its relevance in modern society. Many people mistakenly believe that most folklore (folktales, legends, myths, ballads, etc.) are purely fictional and simply fanciful tales. However, folklore is usually based on some grain of truth, or is used to instill societal…

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Data-Driven Testing

I am generally not a big fan of static data in test automation, but being a pragmatic person, I know there are clearly times when using data-driven testing is just plain common-sense. For example, data-driven testing is an effective automation approach when designing ‘black-box’ tests for testing an API. Data-driven testing is a common approach…

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