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Software Testing: An ISEB Foundation [Paperback]

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1 Oct 2008
Software Testing: An ISEB Foundation provides an introduction to the breadth of software testing activities in real life projects. As well as explaining the basic steps of the testing process and how to perform effective tests, it provides an overview of different techniques, both dynamic and static, and how to apply them.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: British Computer Society (1 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902505794
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902505794
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 24 x 16.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Invaluable for anyone involved in testing and would lift the game of most VV&T staff (including designers doing their 'informal' reviews and tests) and their project managers. It is succinctly and clearly written with no non-sense. An unreserved 5 for value for money. Brian Peaker - IT Training Magazine --IT Training Magazine

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The authors are all members of the ISEB examination panel and experienced setters, markers and training providers and know the syllabus in depth.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Help Me Self Study For Exam 26 April 2007
I have just passed the exam 1st go by self studying. This was one of the two books that I read to revise. I found the format of the book very good, each chapter starts off with a quick 3 question quiz to see what parts of the chapter you need to read. Then you get to the bulk of the information and finally a few test questions so you can see what parts you need to re-read.

Of the two books I used this was the most easy to read and put complex ideas in an easy to understand what they are trying to teach.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and thorough 23 Nov 2006
It's always good to see a text book pitched at exactly the right level. This book is informative, easy to read and well structured. It really makes the user think about testing from many different view points and points out the logical reasons behind structured methodology without telling them how to suck eggs. A variety of real life examples are given throughout and exercises are provided at the end of each chapter. It's been extremely useful in the last two weeks and I haven't even finished it yet.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect in style and content 12 Oct 2007
After recently starting a new job as a software tester, I had no formal experience of the theory and principles of testing and bought this book to help me pass the ISEB Foundation Certificate in Software Testing exam. Unlike many text books, I found this book was easy to just sit down and read and the example questions at the end of each section/chapter were spot-on for helping me re-cap on what had been learnt in the previous pages.

My employer put me through an intesive 3-day course for the cerficate in which the knowledge I had already learnt was cemented in my head! After each day at home I used the book as a revision guide, topping up knowledge in those areas I wasn't too confident on. I passed the exam with a Distinction (88%) and would recommend this book to anyone thinking of, or currently working towards this qualification.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 3 May 2008
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I was initially given this book to self study for the ISEB exam and had read it before my employer changed her mind and sent me on the 3 day course.

I have to say that this book provides everything that you need to know for the exam. Make sure that you practice things such as Boundary Analysis, Equivalence Partitioning, Data Flows, Decision tables and State Transition if you only have the opportunity to self study. Make sure that you also cover testing tools. Once you have those testing methods fixed in your mind, you are half way there to a successful result. The course that I sat was good but this book covers everything that the course does.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By G. King
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I've been pretty involved in testing for years but it's never been a full-time job until recently. I was asked to take the ISEB Foundation Certificate in Software testing by my boss and this book is the one ISEB and the BCS recommend to go with the exam.

This was a very clearly laid-out book with each concept in bite-sized chunks. The authors clearly draw on their real-life experiences of software testing in the frequent worked examples. Overall, with the revision questions and exercises, it's a very practical book.

I used the revised edition, but there are still a few typos and a couple of munged graphics which could do with tidying up, but they don't detract much from what is otherwise a very polished and concise book.

I was able to take and pass this exam solely on the basis of studying this book, doing the exercises and revision questions and making notes.

If you're planning to do the same, I can thoroughly recommend this book. For the exam, I would also suggest that you concentrate on the "white box" techniques in Chapter 4 and do all the exercises in this chapter. Good luck!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The tool for successfully pass the exam 21 May 2009
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In five days of self-study I've passed my ISEB Testing Foundation using this book and some mocks found on the web.
I have to say that this book is very well written, easy to read and with a good set of examination questions.
Except mocks, you will not need anything else to pass your exam.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book as it was the recommended text for the exam. It is well structured and the Self assessment questions and end of chapter questions really prepare you for the type of questions that are asked in the exam.

I passed the exam first time thanks to this book! it also gives you some information on the exam which is quite helpful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book... 3 Sep 2009
I passed the ISEB/ISTQB Foundation Certificate in Software Testing exam today with 33 out of 40 or 83%. I read this book and practised with some past exam papers. Great book, informative and well layed out. I'm a Project Manager and not a tester so most of the terms and vernacular were alien to me. Looking at programming code was scary but these guys make it feel like some sort of pidgin english so you soon pick it up. If you want the ISEB/ISTQB Foundation Certificate this book will cover all the required ground. May I take this opportunity to congratulate the authors for the quality of the book and further request they retain said quality for the Intermediate publication apparently due for release.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for Software Testing
Great bedtime reading if you are an insomniac. But if you want to have a great guide for Software Testing then you could not read a better book.
Published 16 months ago by Ianh
5.0 out of 5 stars A great buy!
This book and the ISEB syllabus (free online) was all I used to pass the foundation in software testing exams (ISEB). Very good book.
Published on 15 Jun 2011 by ibexy
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic
Ok, what can I say the book is easy to understand and referenced well with links back and forth connecting each relevant chapter. Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2010 by Archangelbladewyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Mandatory for the certificate
If you want to pass, let me tell you this up front, without this book or a similar guide coming from the exam setters you will fail. Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2010 by C. Braam
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
the delivery was fast.
the book is quite self explanatory, found it easy to read
Published on 26 Oct 2010 by Mrs. Olaronke I. Shotubo
5.0 out of 5 stars Packaging and Delivery was good
Ordered this book on Amazon. This was delivered in proper condition where there were no foldings on the book.

Published on 8 Sep 2010 by Mr. V. B. Krishnasamy
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
This book is all what I required to clear the exam. The information is concise and to the point. Example examination questions at the end of the chapter are very helpful as they... Read more
Published on 11 April 2010 by D. Verma
4.0 out of 5 stars Gives the information it's supposed to
Easily sufficient to pass the exam without a training course - if you have the background. Some of the chapters more readable than others, but it's all there for you if you want to... Read more
Published on 1 Mar 2010 by DomG
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book (must have) for ISEB Foundation certification
This is an excellent book. Very well explained, organised content. I completed my ISEB Foundation certification with flying colors. Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2010 by KingKong
5.0 out of 5 stars The book is enough to pass
I bought this book and passed the test in under a week with no other reference materials. Each chapter has a set of example exam questions at the end to test your knowledge and... Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2009 by Justintime
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