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Experiences of Test Automation: Case Studies of Software Test Automationby Dorothy Graham
Synopses & Reviews
Test automation involves using software tools to manage and streamline key tasks involved in test execution, control, and reporting. Using test automation, leading software developers are finding more bugs earlier, when they're easier and less expensive to fix. Test automation makes it possible for development teams to avoid expensive mistakes in both testing and programming, and to deliver higher quality software far more rapidly. For these reasons, many organizations are seeking to automate testing, but doing so successfully is not easy.
In this book, over forty pioneering implementers share their experiences and best practices in twenty-eight case studies. Drawing on their insights, you can avoid the pitfalls associated with test automation, and achieve powerful results on every metric you care about: quality, cost, time to market, usability, and value.
Authors Dorothy Graham and Mark Fewster wrote the field's seminal text, Software Test Automation, the book that has guided thousands of organizations towards successful test automation. Now, in Experiences of Test Automation, they reveal test automation at work in a wide spectrum of organizations and projects, from complex government systems to medical devices, SAP business process development to Android mobile apps and cloud migrations. The book fully addresses both management and technical issues, presenting both failures and successes, brilliant ideas and disastrous missteps and, above all, offering specific lessons you can use. Coverage includes
Experiences of Test Automation will be invaluable to everyone considering, implementing, or using test automation: system, software, and user acceptance testers; analysts, developers, test managers, and QA professionals alike.
Book News Annotation:
Twenty-eight case studies share stories of teams trying to automate their software testing and actual experiences developing automation test frameworks for the U.S. Department of Defense, the European Space Agency, Microsoft, SAP, Google, Johnson Controls, Android applications, medical hardware and software, air traffic control, and the insurance industry. B&w diagrams and screenshots are provided, and the editors add comments on good points worth noting, lessons learned, and tips for solving specific problems. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The practice of test automation is becoming more and more popular, but many organizations are not yet experiencing success with it. This book unveils the secrets of how automation has been made to work in reality. The knowledge gained by reading this book can save months or years of effort in automating software testing by helping organizations avoid expensive mistakes and take advantage of proven ideas. By its nature, this book shows the current state of software test automation practice. The authors aim to keep the contributions focused on those things that are more universal (e.g. people issues, return on investment, etc.) and to minimize detailed technical content where this does not impede the process of learning valuable lessons, in order to give the book as long a shelf life as possible. Software practitioners always enjoy reading about what happened to others. For example, at conferences, case study presentations are usually very well attended. The authors/editors have gathered together a collection of experiences from a cross-section of industries and countries, both success stories and failures, in both agile and traditional development. In addition to the case studies, the authors/editors comment on issues raised in these stories, and also include a chapter summarizing good practices and common pitfalls.
About the Author
Mark Fewster and Dorothy Graham are consultants specializing in software test automation. They are the co-authors of Software Test Automation (AW, (c)1999), the seminal book on the subject.
Table of Contents
1. The ultimate database automation
2. Zero to 100% Regression Test Automation In One Year: an Agile Approach to Automation
3. Model-based Test Case Generation in ESA Projects
4. Project 1: failure, Project 2: success!
5. Table of tools mentioned in this book
6. Summary: Applying Lessons Learned
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