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Software Testing Foundations: A Study Guide for the Certified Tester Exam (Rockynook Computing) Paperback – 7 Feb 2011

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 3 edition (7 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933952784
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933952789
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,441,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book offers basic knowledge that helps to achieve structured and systematic evaluation and testing. This should contribute to an improved quality of the software. The content of this book is written in a way that does not subsume previous knowledge of software quality assurance. A continuous case example is included in order to help understand every shown topic and its practical solution. It corresponds to the requirements of the ISTQB Foundation Certificate. The knowledge needed for the exams can be acquired by self-studies. The book can also be used to extend the knowledge after or parallel to participation in a course. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Andreas Spillner is professor for Computer Science at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of Bremen University of Applied Sciences. For more than 10 years he was president of the German Special Interest Group in Software Testing, Analysis and Verification of the German Society for Informatics. He is a member of the German Testing Board. His work emphasis is in software, quality assurance, testing and object oriented system development.
Tilo Linz is CEO of imbus AG, a leading service company for software testing in Germany. He is president of the German Testing Board and was, from 2002 to 2005, president of the ISTQB. His work emphasis is consulting and coaching projects about software quality management and optimizing software development and testing processes.
Hans Schäfer is independent consultant in software testing in Norway. He is president of the Norwegian Testing Board. He has been consulting and teaching software testing methods since 1984. He organizes the Norwegian Special Interest Group in Software Testing for Western Norway. His work emphasis is consulting, teaching and coaching test process improvement and test design techniques as well as reviews. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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There are now three well-known books on the ISTQB syllabus for foundation software testing examinations. This was the first, and the others may have since taken a different emphasis. Originally written in German, the book has been translated into English, and covers basic testing topics.

The difficulty about a testing book is that it will be read by testers, trained to find faults as part of our role in life. This book may to be aimed at the non-English, European market place, following its origins. Some of the translation is `interesting', and is more literal than catching the meaning of the words, so can read in a stilted fashion. Annoyingly, there is reference to `chapters' in the chapter on techniques, when it clearly means `sections' or part-chapters. The discussion of the value of a certified tester in chapter 6 would be better in the introductory chapter 1.

Spillner, Linz and Schaefer are well respected in the testing community, and have written a book that covers the syllabus. However, it is not greatly geared towards the examination; although there are revision questions, these are neither multiple choice, nor are the answers provided. There are also areas where there is significant extension beyond the syllabus content (standards is a case in point - and can probably be correctly attributed to a specific one of the authors).

There is a good glossary of testing terms, and the text clearly identifies items that appear in the glossary. It is useful to not only have web links, but also to specify when the web links were known to be valid. I found the use of a case study that runs throughout the book to be helpful. There are some key thoughts that are well worth remembering; one for me was "Robustness has its costs".
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3.0 out of 5 stars Towards certified testing 30 July 2007
By Mr P R Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There are now three well-known books on the ISTQB syllabus for foundation software testing examinations. This was the first, and the others may have since taken a different emphasis. Originally written in German, the book has been translated into English, and covers basic testing topics.

The difficulty about a testing book is that it will be read by testers, trained to find faults as part of our role in life. This book may to be aimed at the non-English, European market place, following its origins. Some of the translation is `interesting', and is more literal than catching the meaning of the words, so can read in a stilted fashion. Annoyingly, there is reference to `chapters' in the chapter on techniques, when it clearly means `sections' or part-chapters. The discussion of the value of a certified tester in chapter 6 would be better in the introductory chapter 1.

Spillner, Linz and Schaefer are well respected in the testing community, and have written a book that covers the syllabus. However, it is not greatly geared towards the examination; although there are revision questions, these are neither multiple choice, nor are the answers provided. There are also areas where there is significant extension beyond the syllabus content (standards is a case in point - and can probably be correctly attributed to a specific one of the authors).

There is a good glossary of testing terms, and the text clearly identifies items that appear in the glossary. It is useful to not only have web links, but also to specify when the web links were known to be valid. I found the use of a case study that runs throughout the book to be helpful. There are some key thoughts that are well worth remembering; one for me was "Robustness has its costs".

Strangely, I would say that there is both too much code (pseudo-code) present, and too little. It is perfectly possible to pass the ISTQB examination with little or no knowledge of how to read or write code, and references to code in early chapters could have non-coders pressing the panic button. Conversely, any discussion of structural test techniques should have examples of code, as exams routinely have code-based questions concerning techniques. The treatment of statement testing was somewhat shallow, with the cases where there are `empty' branches and non-empty branches barely distinguished. However, the coverage of when to use particular techniques was good and comprehensive.

Discussion in an early chapter postulates determining whether a set is code is ready to exit a particular stage of testing by examining the number of incidents raised per testing hour. It even suggests than when down below 2, it may be time to ship. This is a good notion, but I suspect the numbers are out by some way. To be still finding 2 incidents per testing hour, even on very large, complex systems, would indicate to me that the product is NOT ready for shipping. Additionally, the treatment of cyclomatic complexity is adequate, but this useful measurement is only calculated one way, not using the alternatives that are available (the most straightforward being `the number of decisions + 1').

There is a lot of material covered, and in some places, this appears rather list-like in appearance, unclear when lists are contained in the syllabus, and when not. It is better to say that the book assists candidates in preparation for the ISTQB Foundation, rather than being a direct aid as the sole point of reference. Read it take good things from it and mind the short-comings, but do not use it as your only testing book.

Peter Morgan, Bath, UK (morganp@supanet.com)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars good book, but not for test preparation 8 July 2012
By RJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The cover of the book has two problems:

1) it states that this book is "A study guide for the Certified Tester Exam." no it is not.
2) it states that the book is, "ISTQB compliant." compatible would be more accurate.

definitely a good introduction to the subject, but not organized as a study guide, and many explanations are slightly off-kilter from the ISTQB syllabus and glossary. Also, has a lot of vague explanations that are too top-level, and uses the same annoying and not real-world example software application throughout the book.

Lest anyone think this is sour grapes, i did pass the test with a good score but as the test date approached, I used this book less and less, relying on other better organized materials.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Self-Study Guide 29 Sept. 2011
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In short, I read through the book and passed the CTFL on the first try.

To be honest, I've been testing for many years and my study was more for refresher and terminology. This book provided a great overview and good preparation for the ISTQB Foundation Level certification exam.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a great guide for the ISTQB foundation 8 Mar. 2013
By JS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I used this and some slides a co-worker had from a training course and got a 98% The foundation syllabus was pretty easy though - advanced was much more difficult
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 17 July 2015
By M - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I strongly recommend it.
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