The quality quandary

I often find discussions about quality to be hypothetical, and in fact unless you define your specific context the word itself is nebulous, vague, or simply meaningless philosophical psycho-babble. For a while now, I previously posted my opposition to the simplistic notion that quality is value to some person. Sure, most thesaurus’ equate the two…

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Exploratory testing inside the box

Much of the information about exploratory testing focuses on testing from an end-user perspective. Pundits of exploratory testing claim the approach is also useful from a white box test design approach, but I have yet to see any practical discussion or examples. But, professional testers use exploratory testing approaches all the time from a white…

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GUI test automation is not child’s play

There are many approaches to test automation from unit testing to system level testing through the GUI. Of course, the most often discussed approach is the automation approach that drives the GUI to perform some action; or GUI automation. This also happens to be the most controversial approach to test automation, and is perhaps the…

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Basic Blocks Aren’t So Basic

In the book How We Test Software at Microsoft I discuss structural testing techniques. Structural testing techniques are systematic procedures designed to analyze and evaluate control flow through a program. These are classic white box test design techniques, although my friend and respected colleague Alan Richardson states in his review of the book that he…

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