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Computer software testing is absolutely essential to the success of any software company and, consequently, has become one of the most rapidly growing areas of employment in the industry. This is a must-have for students wanting entry-level positions as testers, experienced programmers who need to find errors fast or communicate with armies of testers, and project and test managers who need to choreograph the many people, deadlines, and expectations. It might even be a good book for people who have recently bought buggy operating systems that don't live up to the hype. Very Highly Recommended. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"I enjoyed reading Testing computer software. The text contains numerous highlights Offering practical advice, authoritative figures you can cite to customers and higher management, and entertaining anecdotes to share with coworkers Although some sections need updating, I still think it is a valuable training and reference source for software testers, managers, and developers." ––Diomidis Spinellis; IEEE software magazine (May /June 2001)) "Deep insight and a great deal of experience is contained in this book" (Database & Network Journal, Vol 30/5 2000)

"Deep insight and a great deal of experience is contained in this book" (Database & Network Journal, Vol 30/5 2000)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. G. Kyritsis on 14 Sep 2006
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The principles this book illustrates are good, but it's very difficult to focus on what it's trying to say without being distracted/put off by the outdated examples.

Large portions of the book constantly refer to driving hardware devices (e.g. handling keyboard input, refreshing the screen in error recovery procedures, observing the [text] console while it's being updated in order to spot any irregularities, and one of the tips given is that if the screen is updated too quickly for you to be able to see an irregularity you should try running the program on a slower computer!)

Is it necessary to advise the reader about the design of a bug tracking system? (there are so many commercial and even free products available). Once again there is useful information in this chapter - you just need to apply it in *selecting* one of the available bug tracking systems.

If you're willing to put in some hard work [distilling the principles] then you might get something out of this book, but for most people my advice would be to give this one a miss.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 May 2002
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This book is absolutely brilliant for getting you started if you need to introduce Testing as a discipline to your company.
If you are facing barriers, this book will help remove them with sound and practical advice on test strategy, some simple processes, an easy bug database, plus much more.
After your first project is completed suddenly people will start seeing you as a force to be reckoned with. Respect will begin to flow your way and once-sceptical colleagues will begin to co-operate.
This book teaches you a common sense approach to software testing with healthy doses of best practice and practical advice from test strategy through to example bug reports.
But if you already have a testing process, why not check this out anyway? You may learn something new.
Problems with sensitive Designers or Developers? Then read about non-confrontational bug reporting. 40% of all bugs found in Requirements specs... learn where testing really should begin - at design not after beta release.
I can't recommend this book highly enough. Without it I could not have established and managed a testing department of ten, that achieved half of the CMM within 6 months.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sir Barnabas VINE VOICE on 15 Mar 2007
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Contains some useful ideas and comments on the theory and practice behind software testing but as previous reviews have noted, it is maybe starting to show its age a little bit and is probably due a revised edition. Not everyone will find all chapters of this book interesting or relevant with seemingly unecessarily large volumes of text on things like; the in and outs of testing printers, creating in-house bug tracking and reporting processes, managing testing teams and legal aspects of software testing (based almost entirely in US law). Overall, if you are interested in all aspects of the testing process you could do worse than buy this book but there are probably better texts available.
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