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How to structure and build an automated testing regime that will give lasting benefits.

Software testing is vitally important in the software development process, as illustrated by the growing market for automated testing tools. However, many attempts to automate software testing are not successful.

At first glance, it seems easy to automate testing: just buy one of the popular test execution tools, record the manual tests, and play them back whenever you want to. Unfortunately, as those who tried it have discovered, it doesn't work like that in practice. Just as there is more to software design than knowing a programming language, there is more to automating testing than knowing a testing tool.

"This first comprehensive treatment of software test automation provides the equivalent of 2 or 3 years of on the job experience."

-- James Bach, Test Design Consultant

"The most authoritative book on this subject - a 'must read' for every software testing professional."

-- Jeffrey M. Voas, Chief Scientist, Reliable Software Technologies

"This book will teach you how to make automated testing tools useful."

— From the Foreword, by Brian Marick

Features:

• A detailed introduction to the principles of automated testing

• Advice on choosing and implementing software testing tools

• Explanation of why capture replay is not test automation

• Practical techniques for designing a good automated testing regime

• Detailed methods for increasing automation maturity

• Example-based illustration of ideas in practice

• Practical solutions to frequently encountered problems in test automation

• Case studies of test automation experience in a variety of organizations (including Microsoft)

• Advice from test automation experts and practitioners world-wide

• Instruction on how to make it easier to add a new automated test than to run it manually

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Book News Annotation:

Describes how to structure and build an automated testing regime that will give lasting benefits in the use of test execution tools to automate testing on a medium to large scale. Offers practical advice for selecting the right tool and for implementing automated testing practices within an organization, and presents an extensive collection of case studies and guest chapters reflecting both good and bad experiences in test automation. Useful for recent purchasers of test automation tools, technical managers, vendors, and consultants. The authors are consultant partners in a company that provides consultancy and training in software testing and test automation.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This title provides practical information regarding the design and implementation of automated software testing. An extensive collection of case studies is included, which should allow the reader to witness both good and bad processes.

Synopsis:

This book describes how to build and implement an automated testing regime for software development. It presents a detailed account of the principles of automated testing, practical techniques for designing a good automated testing regime, and advice on choosing and applying off-the-shelf testing tools to specific needs. This sound and practical introduction to automated testing comes from two authors well known for their seminars, consultancy and training in the field.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [555]-556) and index.

About the Author

Dorothy Graham and Mark Fewster are the principal consultant partners of Grove Consultants which provides consultancy and training in software testing, test automation, and Inspection. Mark Fewster developed the test automation design techniques which are the primary subject of this book. He has been refining and applying his ideas through consultancy with a wide variety of clients since 1991. Dorothy Graham is the originator and co-author of the CAST Report (Computer Aided Software Testing tools) published by Cambridge Market Intelligence, and the co-author of Software Inspection published by Addison-Wesley in 1993. Both authors are popular and sought-after speakers at international conferences and workshops on software testing.

Table of Contents

Preface

Part One: Techniques for Automating Test Execution

1 Test automation context

1.1 Introduction

1.2 Testing and test automation are different

1.3 The V-model

1.4 Tool support for life-cycle testing

1.5 The promise of test automation

1.6 Common problems of test automation

1.7 Test activities

1.8 Automate test design?

1.9 The limitations of automating software testing

2 Capture Replay is Not Test Automation

2.1 An example application: Scribble

2.2 The manual test process: what is to be automated

2.3 Automating Test Execution: inputs

2.4 Automating Test Result Comparison

2.5 The next steps in evolving test automation

2.6 Conclusion: Automated is not automatic

3 Scripting techniques

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Scripting techniques

3.3 Script pre-processing

4 Automated comparison

4.1 Verification, comparison and automation

4.2 What do comparators do?

4.3 Dynamic comparison

4.4 Post-execution comparison

4.5 Simple comparison

4.6 Complex comparison

4.7 Test sensitivity

4.8 Comparing different types of outcome

4.9 Comparison filters

4.10 Comparison guidelines

5 Testware Architecture

5.1 What is testware architecture?

5.2 Key issues to be resolved

5.3 An Approach

5.4 Might this be Overkill?

6 Automating Pre- and Post-Processing

6.1 What are Pre- and Post-Processing?

6.2 Pre- and Post Processing

6.3 What should happen after test case execution

6.4 Implementation Issues

7 Building maintainable tests

7.1 Problems in maintaining automated tests

7.2 Attributes of test maintenance

7.3 The conspiracy

7.4 Strategy and tactics

8 Metrics

8.1 Why measure testing and test automation?

8.2 What can we measure?

8.3 Objectives for testing and test automation

8.4 Attributes of software testing

8.5 Attributes of test automation

8.6 Which is the best test automation regime?

8.7 Should I really measure all these?

8.8 Summary

8.9 Answer to DDP Exercise

9 Other Issues

9.1 Which Tests to Automate (first)?

9.2 Selecting which tests to run when

9.3 Order of test execution

9.4 Test status

9.5 Designing software for (automated) testability

9.6 Synchronization

9.7 Monitoring progress of automated tests

9.8 Tailoring your own regime around your tools

10 Choosing a tool to automate testing

10.1 Introduction to Chapters 10 and 11

10.2 Where to start in selecting tools: your requirements, not the tool market

10.3 The tool selection project

10.4 The tool selection team

10.5 Identifying your requirements

10.6 Identifying your constraints

10.7 Build or buy?

10.8 Identifying what is available on the market

10.9 Evaluating the short listed candidate tools

10.10 Making the decision

11 Implementing tools within the organization

11.1 What could go wrong?

11.2 Importance of managing the implementation process

11.3 Roles in the implementation/change process

11.4 Management commitment

11.5 Preparation

11.6 Pilot project

11.7 Planned phased installation or roll-out

11.8 Special problems in implementing

11.9 People issues

11.10 Conclusion

12 Racal-Redac Case History

12.1 Introduction

12.2 Background

12.3 Solutions

12.4 Integration to Test Automation

12.5 System Test Automation

12.6 The Results Achieved

12.7 Summary of the case history up to 1991

12.8 What happened next?

13 The Evolution of an Automated Software Test System

13.1 Introduction

13.2 Background

13.3 Gremlin 1

13.4 Gremlin 2.0: A Step Beyond Capture/Replay

13.5 Finding The Real Problem

13.6 Lesson Learned

14 Experiences with Test Automation

14.1 Background

14.2 Planning, preparation and eventual success

14.3 Benefits of test automation

14.4 Lessons learned

14.5 The way forward

15 Automating System Testing in a VMS Environment

15.1 Background

15.2 The first attempt at automation

15.3 New tool selection and evaluation

15.4 Implementation of V-Test

15.5 Conclusion

16 Automated Testing of an Electronic Stock Exchange

16.1 Background

16.2 The System and Testing

16.3 Test Automation Requirements

16.4 Test tool selection

16.5 Implementation

16.6 Maturity and Maintenance

16.7 Our results

17 Insurance quotation systems tested automatically every month

17.1 Background: the UK insurance industry

17.2 The Brief, or how I became involved

17.3 Why automation?

17.4 Our testing strategy

17.5 Selecting a test automation tool

17.6 Some decisions about our test automation plans

17.7 The Test Plan

17.8 Some additional issues we encountered

17.9 A telling tale: tester versus automator

17.10 In Summary

18 Three Generations of Test Automation at ISS

18.1 Introduction

18.2 The Software Under Test

18.3 First Generation

18.4 Second Generation

18.5 Third Generation

18.6 Three Generations - A summary

19 Test Automation Failures - Lessons to be Learning

19.1 Introduction

19.2 The projects

19.3 Problems

19.4 Recommendations

19.5 Pilot Project

19.6 Epilogue

20 An Unexpected Application of Test Automation

20.1 Introduction and Background

20.2 Helping the Background

20.3 Doing the testing

20.4 Automated Testing

20.5 The results

21 Implementing test automation in an Independent Test Unit

21.1 Introduction and Background

21.2 The evaluation process

21.3 The implementation phase

21.4 The Deployment of the tool

21.5 How QARun has been used

21.6 Problems we have experienced

21.7 The benefits achieved in two years

21.8 Conclusion

22 Testing with Action Words

22.1 Introduction and Background

22.2 Test clusters

22.3 The navigation

22.4 The test development life cycle

22.5 Applicability for other types of tests

22.6 Templates: meta clusters

23 Regression testing at ABN AMRO Bank Development International

23.1 Background

23.2 Problems with conventional testing

23.3 Pilot project using TestFrame

23.4 Regression test project

23.5 Spin-offs

23.6 Future

24 A Test Automation Journey

24.1 Introduction

24.2 The five generations of testware development

24.3 Radstar

24.4 Window-centric Scenario Libraries

24.5 Business Object Scenarios

24.6 Mixing Business Object Scenarios with existing tests

24.7 Re-use versus Repeatability

24.8 Conclusion

25 A Test Automation Journey

25.1 Introduction

25.2 First Steps

25.3 An Off-the-Shelf Automated Test Foundation: RadStar(

25.4 How we have implemented automated testing using RadStar(

25.5 Payback

26 Extracts from The Automated Testing Handbook

26.1 Introduction to this chapter

26.2 Introduction to the Handbook

26.3 Fundamentals of Test Automation

26.4 Test Process and People

26.5 Test Execution: Analyzing Results

26.6 Test Metrics

26.7 More information about the Handbook

27 Building Maintainable GUI Tests

27.1 Introduction and Background

27.2 Cost Drivers

27.3 Test Planning and Design

27.4 Well Behaved Test Cases

27.5 Encapsulated Test Set-up

27.6 Putting it All Together

28 Test Automation Experience at Microsoft

28.1 History

28.2 Batch Files

28.3 Capture/Playback tools

28.4 Scripting Language

28.5 Cosmetic Dialog Box Testing

28.6 Help testing tool

28.7 Tools to randomize test execution

28.8 What should I automate first?

28.9 My Top Ten list for a successful test automation strategy

References

Glossary

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780201331400
Preface:
Graham, Dorothy
Foreword:
Marick, Brian
Preface by:
Graham, Dorothy
Preface:
Graham, Dorothy
Author:
Graham, Dorothy
Author:
Fewster, Mark
Author:
Marick, Brian
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley Professional
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Automation
Subject:
Programming - Software Development
Subject:
Computer software
Subject:
Software engineering
Subject:
Software Development & Engineering - General
Subject:
Computer software - Testing - Automation
Subject:
Software Engineering-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
ACM Press
Series Volume:
671
Publication Date:
August 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
600
Dimensions:
9.2 x 6.1 x 1.1 in 862 gr

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"Synopsis" by , This book describes how to build and implement an automated testing regime for software development. It presents a detailed account of the principles of automated testing, practical techniques for designing a good automated testing regime, and advice on choosing and applying off-the-shelf testing tools to specific needs. This sound and practical introduction to automated testing comes from two authors well known for their seminars, consultancy and training in the field.
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