Handout: Software Testing

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Handout – Software Testing

Introduction ...................................................................................................................................5 About this Module .........................................................................................................................5 Target Audience ...........................................................................................................................5 Module Objectives ........................................................................................................................5 Pre-requisite .................................................................................................................................5 Chapter 1: Introduction to Testing ...............................................................................................6 Learning Objectives ......................................................................................................................6 What is Software Testing..............................................................................................................6 Testing Life Cycle .........................................................................................................................6 Broad Categories of Testing .........................................................................................................7 The Testing Techniques ...............................................................................................................7 Types of Testing ...........................................................................................................................8 SUMMARY ...................................................................................................................................8 Test your Understanding ..............................................................................................................9 Chapter 2: Black Box Vs. White Box Testing ............................................................................10 Learning Objective:.....................................................................................................................10 Introduction to Black Box and White Box testing........................................................................10 Black box testing ........................................................................................................................10 Black box testing - without user involvement .............................................................................11 Black box testing - with user involvement ..................................................................................11 White Box Testing ......................................................................................................................14 Black Box (Vs) White Box...........................................................................................................18 SUMMARY .................................................................................................................................20 Test your Understanding ............................................................................................................20 Chapter 3: Other Testing Types ..................................................................................................21 Learning Objective ......................................................................................................................21 What is GUI Testing? .................................................................................................................21 Regression Testing.....................................................................................................................31 Integration Testing ......................................................................................................................38 Acceptance Testing ....................................................................................................................43 Configuration Testing & Installation Testing ...............................................................................45 Alpha testing and Beta testing ....................................................................................................48 Test your Understanding ............................................................................................................52
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Handout – Software Testing
Chapter 4: Levels of Testing .......................................................................................................53 Learning Objective ......................................................................................................................53 Unit Testing.................................................................................................................................53 Integration Testing ......................................................................................................................60 System Testing ...........................................................................................................................61 SUMMARY .................................................................................................................................64 Test your Understanding ............................................................................................................64 Chapter 5: JUnit Testing ..............................................................................................................65 Learning Objective ......................................................................................................................65 JUNIT Testing - Introduction.......................................................................................................65 Simple Test Case .......................................................................................................................65 Fixture .........................................................................................................................................66 Test Case ...................................................................................................................................67 Suite............................................................................................................................................67 TestRunner .................................................................................................................................68 Chapter 6: Testing Artifacts ........................................................................................................70 Learning Objective ......................................................................................................................70 Test Strategy and Test Plan .......................................................................................................70 Test Plan.....................................................................................................................................75 Test Case .................................................................................................................................100 SUMMARY ...............................................................................................................................103 Test your Understanding ..........................................................................................................103 Chapter 7: Defect Management .................................................................................................104 Learning Objective ....................................................................................................................104 What is a Defect? .....................................................................................................................104 Defect Lifecycle ........................................................................................................................105 Defect Reporting and Tracking .................................................................................................105 SUMMARY ...............................................................................................................................107 Test your Understanding ..........................................................................................................108 Chapter 8: Automation ...............................................................................................................109 Learning Objective ....................................................................................................................109 What is Automation? ................................................................................................................109 Automation Benefits .................................................................................................................109 Automation Life Cycle...............................................................................................................111 Test Environment Setup ...........................................................................................................113 Other Phases in Automation.....................................................................................................116
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...............................................................................................................167 SUMMARY ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................125 Chapter 9: Sample Test Automation Tool ........144 What is Performance testing? .................................................................................167 Learning Objective .................................................................................174 BOOKS ...............144 Performance Testing Requirements .............................................174 WEBSITES ..................144 Learning Objective .......................................................................................................................................127 Rational Robot ...............................................................126 Rational Suite of tools..........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................167 Test Case Point Analysis............................Handout – Software Testing Automation Methods..........................................................................................................................................................................126 Rational Administrator ..............................................................................................................................................................................................163 SUMMARY .....................................................147 Performance Testing Tools ...166 Chapter 11: Test Case Point .............................. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected ...........................................................................................................................126 Learning Objective ................................................................................................................................................................................................................ Cognizant Technology Solutions....................................................................................143 Chapter 10: Performance Testing ..............................................................................................................................................146 Performance Testing Process ...............................................................................................172 REFERENCES .......................................................................................167 What is a Test Case Point (TCP)? ..............................................................................175 Page 4 ©Copyright 2007.........174 STUDENT NOTES: ........................................172 Test your Understanding ..........................118 SUMMARY ...............................................................................................142 SUMMARY .................126 Sample Test Automation Tool .........................................................................................................................................140 Supported environments .......154 Volume and Stress Testing .........................................................................117 Automation tool comparison ...........................................................................................................130 Rational Test Manager ......................................................................................................................

Target Audience Entry Level Trainees Module Objectives After completing this module. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . the student will be able to: Explain Software Testing List the types of testing Explain Test Strategy Describe Test Plan Describe Test Design Describe Test Cases Describe Test Data Explain Test Execution Perform Defect reporting and analyzing the defects List Test Automation advantages and disadvantages Work with Winrunner Describe Performance Testing Work with Loadrunner Too Work with Test Director Pre-requisite This module does not require any prerequisite Page 5 ©Copyright 2007. Cognizant Technology Solutions.Handout – Software Testing Introduction About this Module This module provides you with a brief description of the module. audience. suggested prerequisites and module objectives.

Software Testing has been accepted as a separate discipline to the extent that there is a separate life cycle for the testing activity. Actually. testing can never establish the correctness of computer software. According to the respective projects. stability. the word testing is connoted to mean the dynamic analysis of the product-.putting the product through its paces. as this can only be done by formal verification (and only when there is no mistake in the formal verification process). not prove that there are none. Refer to the ISO standard ISO 9126 for a more complete list of attributes and criteria. the scope of testing can be tailored.Handout – Software Testing Chapter 1: Introduction to Testing Learning Objectives After completing this topic you will be able to: Explain the need for Software testing What is Software Testing Software testing is a process used to identify the correctness. Although most of the intellectual processes of testing are nearly identical to that of review or inspection." where the "questions" are things the tester tries to do with the product. not merely a matter of creating and following rote procedure. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . and the product answers with its behavior in reaction to the probing of the tester. It can only find defects. portability. One definition of testing is "the process of questioning a product in order to evaluate it. Cognizant Technology Solutions. completeness and quality of developed computer software. but effective testing of complex products is essentially a process of investigation. maintainability and usability. The quality of the application can and normally does vary widely from system to system but some of the common quality attributes include reliability. There are many approaches to software testing. Testing Life Cycle Every testing project has to follow the waterfall model of the testing process. Involving software testing in all phases of the software Page 6 ©Copyright 2007. but the process mentioned above is common to any testing activity.

These topics will be elaborated in the coming chapters Page 7 ©Copyright 2007. walkthrough and audits. code review. Static Testing Dynamic Testing The kind of verification we do on the software work products before the process of compilation and creation of an executable is more of Requirement review. The above said testing types are performed based on the following testing techniques.). we see that there are two categories of testing activities that can be done on software. code. there are two widely used testing techniques. Also known as Structural testing. there needs to be testing done on Software Testing every phase.) (But expected results still come requirements). Also known as functional testing. When we test the software by executing and comparing the actual & expected results. Broad Categories of Testing Based on the V-Model mentioned above. The Testing Techniques To perform these types of testing.Handout – Software Testing development life cycle has become a necessity as part of the software quality assurance process. design review. user documentation. Right from the Requirements study till the implementation. etc. This type of testing is called Static Testing. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . White-Box testing technique: This technique us used for testing based on analysis of internal logic (design. it is called Dynamic Testing. The V-Model of the Software Testing Life Cycle along with the Software Development Life cycle given below indicates the various phases or levels of testing. Black-Box testing technique: This technique is used for testing based solely on analysis of requirements (specification. namely. Cognizant Technology Solutions.

Done to verify if it satisfies its functional specification or its intended design structure. System testing. which enables a customer to determine whether to accept the system or not. Integration Testing: Testing which takes place as sub elements are combined (i. Performance Testing: To evaluate the time taken or response time of the system to perform it’s required functions in comparison Stress Testing: To evaluate a system beyond the limits of the specified requirements or system resources (such as disk space. Cognizant Technology Solutions. processor utilization) to ensure the system do not break unexpectedly Load Testing: Load Testing. Unit testing. namely.e. System Testing: Testing the software for the required specifications on the intended hardware Acceptance Testing: Formal testing conducted to determine whether or not a system satisfies its acceptance criteria. we see that are various levels or phases of testing. a subset of stress testing. integrated) to form higher-level elements Regression Testing: Selective re-testing of a system to verify the modification (bug fixes) have not caused unintended effects and that system still complies with its specified requirements. memory.. verifies that a web site can handle a particular number of concurrent users while maintaining acceptable response times Alpha Testing: Testing of a software product or system conducted at the developer’s site by the Customer Beta Testing: Testing conducted at one or more customer sites by the end user of a delivered software product system. Let us see a brief definition on the widely employed types of testing. Unit Testing: The testing done to a unit or to a smallest piece of software. Integration testing.Handout – Software Testing Types of Testing From the V-model. User Acceptance testing etc. SUMMARY “Testing is the process of executing a program with the intent of finding errors” Evolution of Software Testing The Testing process and lifecycle Broad categories of testing Widely employed Types of Testing The Testing Techniques Page 8 ©Copyright 2007. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected .

Handout – Software Testing Test your Understanding 1. Cognizant Technology Solutions. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . The primary objective of testing is a) To show that the program works b) To provide a detailed indication of quality c) To find errors d) To protect the end –user Answers: 1) c Page 9 ©Copyright 2007.

when black box testing is applied to software engineering. For example. Additionally. stress tests. White-box test design allows one to peek inside the "box". many people prefer the terms "behavioral" and "structural". Behavioral test design is slightly different from black-box test design because the use of internal knowledge isn't strictly forbidden. While black-box and white-box are terms that are still in popular use. but it's still discouraged. avoiding programmer bias toward his own work. Page 10 ©Copyright 2007. and it focuses specifically on using internal knowledge of the software to guide the selection of test data. recovery testing. but not how the program actually arrives at those outputs. glass-box and clear-box. It is usually described as focusing on testing functional requirements. no other knowledge of the program is necessary. Synonyms for black-box include: behavioral. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . black box tests do not necessarily involve the participation of users. One has to use a mixture of different methods so that they aren't hindered by the limitations of a particular one. and how to build and maintain test data. White Box Testing Learning Objective: After completing this chapter. but others wish we'd stop talking about boxes altogether!!! Black box testing Black Box Testing is testing without knowledge of the internal workings of the item being tested. For this reason. it hasn't proven useful to use a single test design method. functional. Though centered around the knowledge of user requirements. There are 2 primary methods by which tests can be designed and they are: Black box White box Black-box test design treats the system as a literal "black-box". you will be able to: Explain the methods of testing Introduction to Black Box and White Box testing Test Design refers to understanding the sources of test cases. Some call this "graybox" or "translucent-box" test design. Cognizant Technology Solutions. and benchmarks. In practice. test groups are often used.Handout – Software Testing Chapter 2: Black Box Vs. so it doesn't explicitly use knowledge of the internal structure. the tester would only know the "legal" inputs and what the expected outputs should be. the tester and the programmer can be independent of one another. field and laboratory tests. and closedbox. It is used to detect errors by means of execution-oriented test cases. i. test coverage. For this testing.e. volume tests. Among the most important black box tests that do not involve users are functionality testing. opaque-box. It is because of this that black box testing can be considered testing with respect to the specifications. Synonyms for white-box include: structural. there are two types of black box test that involve users. In the following the most important aspects of these black box tests will be described briefly. how to develop and document test cases.

Its primary objective is to assess whether the program does what it is supposed to do.g. In short it involves putting the system into its intended use by its envisaged type of user. how the technical integration of the system works. Scenario Tests. in the NLP area.e. each function where it is called first. field tests are particularly useful for assessing the interoperability of the software system.Handout – Software Testing Black box testing . some also consider user tests that compare the efficiency of different software systems as benchmark tests. The other is to test module by module. There are different approaches to functionality testing. The objective of volume tests is to find the limitations of the software by processing a huge amount of data. performing a standardised task. or. One is the testing of each program feature or function in sequence. Black box testing . A typical example could be to perform the same function from all workstations connected in a LAN within a short period of time (e.g. The aim of recovery testing is to make sure to which extent data can be recovered after a system breakdown. Particularly in the NLP environment Page 11 ©Copyright 2007. In the following only a rough description of field and laboratory tests will be given. During a stress test. i.without user involvement The so-called ``functionality testing'' is central to most testing exercises.g. field tests are the only real means to elucidate problems of the organizational integration of the software system into existing procedures. E. i. i. Rather. e. what is specified in the requirements. Cognizant Technology Solutions. methodological considerations are rare in SE literature. A volume test can uncover problems that are related to the efficiency of a system. or only show that an error message would be needed telling the user that the system cannot process the given amount of data. A scenario test is a test case which aims at a realistic user background for the evaluation of software as it was defined and performed It is an instance of black box testing where the major objective is to assess the suitability of a software product for every-day routines. incorrect buffer sizes. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected .e. The efficiency of a piece of software strongly depends on the hardware environment and therefore benchmark tests always consider the soft/hardware combination. Apart from general usability-related aspects. sending e-mails. to modify a term bank via different terminals simultaneously). In the context of this document. The term ``scenario'' has entered software evaluation in the early 1990s . Does the system provide possibilities to recover all of the data or part of it? How much can be recovered and how? Is the recovered data still correct and consistent? Particularly for software that needs high reliability standards. however. the system has to process a huge amount of data or perform many function calls within a short period of time. a consumption of too much memory space. Whereas for most software engineers benchmark tests are concerned with the quantitative measurement of specific operations.e. The notion of benchmark tests involves the testing of program efficiency. one may find practical test reports that distinguish roughly between field and laboratory tests.with user involvement For tests involving users. benchmark tests only denote operations that are independent of personal variables. recovery testing is very important. In field tests users are observed while using the software system at their normal working place. Moreover.

where the major implementation problem is not the technical environment. A typical example of the organizational problem of implementing a translation memory is the language service of a big automobile manufacturer. especially with real time systems Crash testing should be performed to see what it takes to bring the system down Test monitoring tools should be used whenever possible to track which tests have already been performed and the outputs of these tests to avoid repetition and to aid in the software maintenance Other functional testing techniques include: transaction testing. loop. that neither source texts nor target texts are properly organised and stored and. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Additional structural tests for branch coverage. Additional tests for data-flow coverage as needed. state. and state testing. Since laboratory tests provide testers with many technical possibilities. Special techniques as appropriate--syntax. as needed. test cases are designed to traverse the entire graph Transaction flow testing (nodes represent steps in some transaction and links represent logical connections between steps that need to be validated) Page 12 ©Copyright 2007. etc. syntax testing. last but not least. Laboratory tests are mostly performed to assess the general usability of the system. domain testing.Handout – Software Testing this problem has frequently been underestimated. Black box testing Methods Graph-based Testing Methods Black-box methods based on the nature of the relationships (links) among the program objects (nodes). logic testing. Domain tests not covered by the above. individual translators are not too motivated to change their working habits. to eliminate any guess work by the tester as to the methods of the function Data outside of the specified input range should be tested to check the robustness of the program Boundary cases should be tested (top and bottom of specified range) to make sure the highest and lowest allowable inputs produce proper output The number zero should be tested when numerical data is to be input Stress testing should be performed (try to overload the program with inputs to see where it reaches its maximum capacity). Due to the high laboratory equipment costs laboratory tests are mostly only performed at big software houses such as IBM or Microsoft. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Finite state machine models can be used as a guide to design functional tests According to Beizer the following is a general order by which tests should be designed: o o o o o o Clean tests against requirements. Any dirty tests not covered by the above. data collection and analysis are easier than for field tests. but the fact that many clients still submit their orders as print-out. Testing Strategies/Techniques Black box testing should make use of randomly generated inputs (only a test range should be specified by the tester).

as well as values just above and just below the minimum and maximum values Apply guidelines 1 and 2 to output conditions.g. test cases should be designed to produce the minimum and maxim output reports If internal program data structures have boundaries (e. values just above and just below a and b If an input condition specifies and number of values. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Cognizant Technology Solutions. size limitations). one valid and one invalid equivalence class is defined Boundary Value Analysis Black-box technique that focuses on the boundaries of the input domain rather than its center BVA guidelines: If input condition specifies a range bounded by values a and b. test cases should exercise the minimum and maximum numbers. one valid and two invalid equivalence classes are defined If an input condition requires a specific value.Handout – Software Testing Finite state modeling (nodes represent user observable states of the software and links represent transitions between states) Data flow modeling (nodes are data objects and links are transformations from one data object to another) Timing modeling (nodes are program objects and links are sequential connections between these objects. test cases should include a and b. one valid and two invalid equivalence classes are defined If an input condition specifies a member of a set. one valid and one invalid equivalence class is defined If an input condition is Boolean. be certain to test the boundaries Comparison Testing Black-box testing for safety critical systems in which independently developed implementations of redundant systems are tested for conformance to specifications Often equivalence class partitioning is used to develop a common set of test cases for each implementation Orthogonal Array Testing Black-box technique that enables the design of a reasonably small set of test cases that provide maximum test coverage Focus is on categories of faulty logic likely to be present in the software component (without examining the code) Page 13 ©Copyright 2007. link weights are required execution times) Equivalence Partitioning Black-box technique that divides the input domain into classes of data from which test cases can be derived An ideal test case uncovers a class of errors that might require many arbitrary test cases to be executed before a general error is observed Equivalence class guidelines: o o o o o If input condition specifies a range.

Synonyms for white box testing Glass Box testing Structural testing Clear Box testing Page 14 ©Copyright 2007. Cognizant Technology Solutions.Handout – Software Testing Priorities for assessing tests using an orthogonal array Detect and isolate all single mode faults Detect all double mode faults Multimode faults Specialized Testing Graphical user interfaces Client/server architectures Documentation and help facilities Real-time systems o o o o Task testing (test each time dependent task independently) Behavioral testing (simulate system response to external events) Inter task testing (check communications errors among tasks) System testing (check interaction of integrated system software and hardware) Advantages of Black Box Testing More effective on larger units of code than glass box testing Tester needs no knowledge of implementation. to test every possible input stream would take nearly forever Without clear and concise specifications. Structural testing is sometimes referred to as clear-box testing since white boxes are considered opaque and do not really permit visibility into the code. including specific programming languages Tester and programmer are independent of each other Tests are done from a user's point of view Will help to expose any ambiguities or inconsistencies in the specifications Test cases can be designed as soon as the specifications are complete Disadvantages of Black Box Testing Only a small number of possible inputs can actually be tested. test cases are hard to design There may be unnecessary repetition of test inputs if the tester is not informed of test cases the programmer has already tried May leave many program paths untested Cannot be directed toward specific segments of code which may be very complex (and therefore more error prone) Most testing related research has been directed toward glass box testing White Box Testing Software testing approaches that examine the program structure and derive test data from the program logic. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected .

Cognizant Technology Solutions. Provide a complementary function to black box testing. 1 Code Coverage Analysis 1.Handout – Software Testing Open Box Testing Types of White Box testing A typical rollout of a product is shown in figure 1 below. Allocation of resources to design. test suite execution. naming conventions and libraries. Developing a test harness made up of stubs. The purpose of white box testing Initiate a strategic initiative to build quality throughout the life cycle of a software product or service. Improve quality by optimizing performance. drivers and test object libraries. results verification and documentation capabilities. Practices: This section outlines some of the general practices comprising white-box testing process. 1.1. document and manage a test history library. Perform complete coverage at the component level. Establishment and maintenance of regression test suites and procedures. The means to develop or acquire tool support for automation of capture/replay/compare. These are test cases that exercise basic set will execute every statement at least once.1 Flow Graph Notation A notation for representing control flow similar to flow charts and UML activity diagrams.1 Basis Path Testing A testing mechanism proposed by McCabe whose aim is to derive a logical complexity measure of a procedural design and use this as a guide for defining a basic set of execution paths. Development and use of standard procedures. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Page 15 ©Copyright 2007. white-box testing practices have the following considerations: The allocation of resources to perform class and method analysis and to document and review the same. In general.

Can define loops as simple. 4). where E1 and E2 are arithmetic expressions.. Relational expression: (E1 op E2).1. 1.3 Loop Testing Loops fundamental to many algorithms. Cyclomatic complexity provides upper bound for number of tests required to guarantee coverage of all program statements.2 Data Flow Testing Selects test paths according to the location of definitions and use of variables.2.2 Cyclomatic Complexity The cyclomatic complexity gives a quantitative measure of 4the logical complexity. a new edge).2 Control Structure testing 1. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . 1. they are redesigned. Page 16 ©Copyright 2007. This value gives the number of independent paths in the basis set. Boolean operators and parentheses. possibly proceeded by a NOT operator. concatenated.2. Boolean expression: Condition without Relational expressions. 3). 2). An independent path is any path through a program that introduces at least one new set of processing statements or a new condition (i. nested. and unstructured.Handout – Software Testing 1. Cognizant Technology Solutions.e. 1.2. They may define: 1). and an upper bound for the number of tests to ensure that each statement is executed at least once. Compound condition: composed of two or more simple conditions. Examples: Note that unstructured loops are not to be tested rather.1 Conditions Testing Condition testing aims to exercise all logical conditions in a program module. Simple condition: Boolean variable or relational expression.

Transactions are checked thoroughly for partial/complete commits and rollbacks encompassing databases and other XA compliant transaction processors. These include the use of Microsoft Java Profiler API and Sun’s profiling tools that are bundled with the JDK. the code specification is expressed unambiguously using a formal language that describes the code's implicit contracts. Proper error recovery.htm] are used to perform this function. may be validated to ensure that ACID (Atomicity. notification and logging are checked against references to validate program design.Handout – Software Testing 2 Design by Contract (DbC) DbC is a formal way of using comments to incorporate specification information into the code itself. Each of the individual parameters is tested individually against a reference data set.html] may also be used to perform this function. It identifies routines that are consuming the majority of the CPU time so that problems may be tracked down to improve performance.research.com/products/jtract/index.parasoft. Assertions that a method must satisfy at specific points of its execution Tools that check DbC contracts at runtime such as Jcontract [http://www. Advantages of White Box Testing Forces test developer to reason carefully about implementation Approximate the partitioning done by execution equivalence Reveals errors in "hidden" code Beneficent side-effects Disadvantages of White Box Testing Expensive Cases omitted in the code could be missed out. Page 17 ©Copyright 2007. These contracts specify such requirements as: Conditions that the client must meet before a method is invoked.com/journal/sj/391/kazi. local or distributed. 4 Error Handling Exception and error handling is checked thoroughly are simulating partial and complete fail-over by operating on error causing test vectors. 5 Transactions Systems that employ transaction. Isolation. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Durability). Basically. Consistency. Third party tools such as JaViz [http://www. Conditions that a method must meet after it executes. Cognizant Technology Solutions. 3 Profiling Profiling provides a framework for analyzing Java code performance for speed and heap memory use.ibm.

Another is to contrast testing that aims to cover all the requirements with testing that aims to cover all the code. These terms are commonly used. Requirements-based testing could be called “black box” because it makes sure that all the customer requirements have been verified. consider the Five-Fold Testing System. The distinction here is based on what the person knows or can understand. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Risks: Why are you testing? Sometimes testing is targeted at particular risks. This is black box testing. This is one way to think about coverage. Coverage: What is tested? If we draw the box around the system as a whole. these techniques might be Page 18 ©Copyright 2007. And testing the units inside the box becomes white box testing. but with software. any testing by users or other non-developers is sometimes called “black box” testing. To help understand the different ways that software testing can be divided between black box and white box techniques. People: Who do the testing? Some people know how software works (developers) and others just use it (users). yet everyone seems to have a different idea of what they mean. Boundary testing and other attack-based techniques are targeted at common coding errors. Cognizant Technology Solutions. this is called white box testing. Black box software testing is doing the same thing. and you can’t see beyond its surface. apply probes internally and maybe even disassemble parts of it. Developer testing is called “white box” testing. An opposite test approach would be to open up the electronics system. however. “black box” testing becomes another name for system testing. It lays out five dimensions that can be used for examining testing: People (who do the testing) Coverage (what gets tested) Risks (why you are testing) Activities (how you are testing) Evaluation (how you know you’ve found a bug) Let’s use this system to understand and clarify the characteristics of black box and white box testing. see how the circuits are wired. Accordingly. and dials on the outside. You must test it without opening it up. You have to see if it works just by flipping switches (inputs) and seeing what happens to the lights and dials (outputs). By analogy. switches. Black box testing begins with a metaphor. Imagine you’re testing an electronics system. Effective security testing also requires a detailed understanding of the code and the system architecture. It’s housed in a black box with lights. Thus. depends on how you define the boundary of the box and what kind of access the “blackness” is blocking. Code-based testing is often called “white box” because it makes sure that all the code (the statements. Both are supported by extensive literature and commercial tools.Handout – Software Testing Black Box (Vs) White Box An easy way to start up a debate in a software testing forum is to ask the difference between black box and white box testing. paths. The actual meaning of the metaphor. These are the two most commonly used coverage criteria. or decisions) is exercised.

Another set of risks concerns whether the software will actually provide value to users. They may be masked by fault tolerance or simply luck. Cognizant Technology Solutions. since they use code instrumentation to make the internal workings of the software more visible. it cannot guarantee that the complete specification has been implemented. Assertions are another technique for helping to make problems more visible. Page 19 ©Copyright 2007. Testing is then categorized based on the types of tools used. and could be termed “black box. Memory leaks and wild pointers are examples. indicating that part of the implementation is faulty. It requires the source code to be produced before the tests can be planned and is much more laborious in the determination of suitable input data and the determination if the software is or is not correct. Evaluation: How do you know if you’ve found a bug? There are certain kinds of software faults that don’t always lead to obvious failures. White box testing is much more expensive than black box testing. In order to fully test a software product both black and white box testing are required. These are two design approaches. White box planning should commence as soon as all black box tests have been successfully passed. White box testing is testing against the implementation and will discover faults of commission. A failure of a white box test may result in a change which requires all black box testing to be repeated and the redetermination of the white box paths. Certain test techniques seek to make these kinds of problems more visible. In this case. and maps code inspection (static testing) with white box testing. the metaphor maps test execution (dynamic testing) with black box testing. apart from the above described analytical methods of both glass and black box testing.” Activities: How do you test? A common distinction is made between behavioral test design. Related techniques capture code history and stack information when faults occur. The consequences of test failure at this stage may be very expensive. Black box testing is concerned only with testing the specification. Usability testing focuses on this risk.Handout – Software Testing classified as “white box”. which defines tests based on functional requirements. Since behavioral testing is based on external functional definition. All of these techniques could be considered white box test techniques. and tools that facilitate applying inputs and capturing inputs—most notably GUI capture replay tools—as black box tools. White box testing is concerned only with testing the software product. Another activity-based distinction contrasts dynamic test execution with formal code inspection. Some tool vendors refer to code-coverage tools as white box tools. To conclude. there are further constructive means to guarantee high quality software end products. These contrast with black box techniques that simply look at the official outputs of a program. The paths should then be checked against the black box test plan and any additional required test runs determined and applied. it is often called “black box. Thus black box testing is testing against the specification and will discover faults of omission. with the production of flowgraphs and determination of paths. The advice given is to start test planning with a black box test approach as soon as the specification is available. indicating that part of the specification has not been fulfilled. it cannot guarantee that all parts of the implementation have been tested. We could also focus on the tools used. which defines tests based on the code itself. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . and structural test design. helping with diagnosis.” Indeed.” while structural testing—based on the code internals—is called “white box. this is probably the most commonly cited definition for black box and white box testing.

boundary or security testing (risks). and it focuses specifically on using internal knowledge of the software to guide the selection of test data. the integration of CASE tools. Black-box test design treats the system as a literal "black-box". Equivalence partitioning is a black-box testing method that a) Looks for equivalent data values in the program b) Looks for classes of output c) Focuses on output errors d) Defines classes of input 2. inspection or code-coverage automation (activities). functional. c Page 20 ©Copyright 2007. and logs (evaluation).Handout – Software Testing Among the most important constructive means are the usage of object-oriented programming tools. so it doesn't explicitly use knowledge of the internal structure. rapid prototyping. d 2). white-box test case design requires that you have a) Source code b) An operational program c) A detailed procedural design d) The program architecture Answers: 1). Synonyms for white-box include: structural. Test your Understanding 1. It is usually described as focusing on testing functional requirements. or testing based on probes. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . usability testing (risk). can sometimes describe developer-based testing (people). assertions. unit or code-coverage testing (coverage). It is used to detect errors by means of execution-oriented test cases. Cognizant Technology Solutions. or behavioral testing or capture replay automation (activities). system or requirements-based testing (coverage). on the other hand. Synonyms for black-box include: behavioral. opaque-box. glass-box and clear-box. and closed-box White-box test design allows one to peek inside the "box". White box testing. and last but not least the involvement of users in both software development and testing procedures SUMMARY Black box testing can sometimes describe user-based testing (people). At a minimum. structural testing.

It should not be possible to select them with either the mouse or by using TAB.e. then the hour glass should be displayed. clarity and non-updateable etc.) F1 key should work the same. It is absolutely essential that any application has to be user-friendly. If a field is disabled (grayed) then it should not get focus.especially the error messages.indicated by dotted box. then some enquiry in progress message should be displayed.Windows Compliance Testing Application Start Application by Double Clicking on its ICON. especially on the top of the screen. On each window. if the application is busy. This icon should correspond to the Original Icon under Program Manager. GUI Testing can refer to just ensuring that the look-and-feel of the application is acceptable to the user. English and clarity. Page 21 ©Copyright 2007. If there is no hour glass. Use TAB to move focus around the Window. version number. Cognizant Technology Solutions. If Window has a Minimize Button. The end user should be comfortable while using all the components on screen and the components should also perform their functionality with utmost clarity. Hence it becomes very essential to test the GUI components of any application. All controls should get focus . click it. and Up to Down within a group box on the screen. you will be able to Explain the methods of testing What is GUI Testing? GUI is the abbreviation for Graphic User Interface. Window should return to an icon on the bottom of the screen. Try this for every grayed control. Use SHIFT+TAB to move focus backwards. Try to start the application twice as it is loading. The text in the Micro Help line should change . Double Click the Icon to return the Window to its original size.Check for spelling.you should be returned to main window. The window caption for every application should have the name of the application and the window name . Closing the application should result in an "Are you Sure" message box Attempt to start application twice. These should be checked for spelling. or cursor. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . This should not be allowed . The main window of the application should have the same caption as the caption of the icon in Program Manager. If the screen has a Control menu. Check if the title of the window make sense. No Login is necessary. then use all ungrayed options. The Loading message should show the application name. Check all text on window for Spelling/Tense and Grammar. All screens should have a Help button (i.Handout – Software Testing Chapter 3: Other Testing Types Learning Objective After completing this chapter. Tab order should be left to right. Section 1 . The following is a set of guidelines to ensure effective GUI Testing and can be used even as a checklist while testing a product / application. Tabbing to an entry field with text in it should highlight the entire text in the field. or it can refer to testing the functionality of each and every component involved. and a bigger pictorial representation of the icon.

* etc. everything can be done using both the mouse and the keyboard. Click each button once with the mouse .Handout – Software Testing Never updateable fields should be displayed with black text on a gray background with a black label.F4’ should open/drop down the list box. Pressing a letter should bring you to the first item in the list with that start with that letter. Drop Down List Boxes Pressing the Arrow should give list of options. Pressing ALT+Letter should activate the button. If it doesn't then the text in the box should be gray or non-updateable. All text should be left justified. Cursor should change from arrow to Insert Bar. try strange characters like + .Press RETURN . If pressing the Command button results in uncorrectable data e. List boxes are always white background with black text whether they are disabled or not. Selection should also be possible with mouse. Drop down with the item selected should be display the list with the selected item on the top.Press SPACE This should activate Tab to each button .g. there should be a message phrased positively with Yes/No answers where Yes results in the completion of the action. followed by a colon tight to it. shouldn't have a blank line at the bottom. Make sure only one space appears.Letters in amount fields. Page 22 ©Copyright 2007.This should activate The above are VERY IMPORTANT. Spacing should be compatible with the existing windows spacing (word etc. which is at the top or the bottom of the list box. Enter invalid characters . You should not be able to type text in the box. Tab to another type of control (not a command button). One button on the screen should be default (indicated by a thick black border). double-clicking is not essential. . All tab buttons should have a distinct letter. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . in All fields. This List may be scrollable. All others are gray. Pressing ‘Ctrl . In general. Refer to previous page. If there is a Cancel Button on the screen. and if the user can enter or change details on the other screen then the Text on the button should be followed by three dots. This is indicated by a letter underlined in the button text. Make sure there is no duplication. Cognizant Technology Solutions. SPACE should do the same. then pressing <Esc> should activate it. closing an action step. Check Boxes Clicking with the mouse on the box. In general. Command Buttons If Command Button leads to another Screen. Text Boxes Move the Mouse Cursor over all Enterable Text Boxes. the label text and contents changes from black to gray depending on the current status. All Buttons except for OK and Cancel should have a letter Access to them. SHIFT and Arrow should Select Characters. or on the text should SET/UNSET the box. Enter text into Box Try to overflow the text by typing to many characters – should be stopped Check the field width with capitals W. and should be done for EVERY command Button. So should Up and Down. Option (Radio Buttons) Left and Right arrows should move 'ON' Selection. Select with mouse by clicking.). In a field that may or may not be updateable. Double Click should select all text in box. Pressing Return in ANY no command button control should activate it. Items should be in alphabetical order with the exception of blank/none.This should activate Tab to each button .

Assure that all dialog boxes have a consistent look and feel. Section 2 . Validation Conditions: Does a failure of validation on every field cause a sensible user error message? Is the user required to fix entries.Screen Validation Checklist Aesthetic Conditions: Is the general screen background of the correct color? Are the field prompts of the correct color? Are the field backgrounds of the correct color? In read-only mode.Handout – Software Testing Combo Boxes Should allow text to be entered. Are all numeric fields right justified? This is the default unless otherwise specified. Pressing a letter should take you to the first item in the list starting with that letter. then clicking the command button. Force the scroll bar to appear. or using the Up and Down Arrow keys. are the field backgrounds of the correct color? Are all the screen prompts specified in the correct screen font? Is the text in all fields specified in the correct screen font? Are all the field prompts aligned perfectly on the screen? Are all the field edit boxes aligned perfectly on the screen? Are all group boxes aligned correctly on the screen? Should the screen be resizable? Should the screen be allowed to minimize? Are all the field prompts spelt correctly? Are all character or alphanumeric fields left justified? This is the default unless otherwise specified. which have failed validation tests? Have any fields got multiple validation rules and if so are all rules being applied? If the user enters an invalid value and clicks on the OK button (i. does not TAB off the field) is the invalid entry identified and highlighted correctly with an error message? Page 23 ©Copyright 2007. Clicking Arrow should allow user to choose from list List Boxes Should allow a single selection to be chosen. are the field prompts of the correct color? In read-only mode.e. Cognizant Technology Solutions. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . make sure all the data can be seen in the box. The user must either enter an alternative valid value or leave the default value intact. Assure that all windows have a consistent look and feel. If there is a 'View' or 'Open' button besides the list box then double clicking on a line in the List Box. should act in the same way as selecting and item in the list box. Is all the micro-help text spelt correctly on this screen? Is all the error message text spelt correctly on this screen? Is all user input captured in UPPER case or lowercase consistently? Where the database requires a value (other than null) then this should be defaulted into fields. by clicking with the mouse.

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Is validation consistently applied at screen level unless specifically required at field level? For all numeric fields check whether negative numbers can and should be able to be entered. For all numeric fields check the minimum and maximum values and also some midrange values allowable? For all character/alphanumeric fields check the field to ensure that there is a character limit specified and that this limit is exactly correct for the specified database size? Do all mandatory fields require user input? If any of the database columns don't allow null values then the corresponding screen fields must be mandatory. (If any field, which initially was mandatory, has become optional then check whether null values are allowed in this field.) Navigation Conditions: Can the screen be accessed correctly from the menu? Can the screen be accessed correctly from the toolbar? Can the screen be accessed correctly by double clicking on a list control on the previous creen? Can all screens accessible via buttons on this screen be accessed correctly? Can all screens accessible by double clicking on a list control be accessed correctly? Is the screen modal? (i.e.) Is the user prevented from accessing other functions when this screen is active and is this correct? Can a number of instances of this screen be opened at the same time and is this correct? Usability Conditions: Are all the dropdowns on this screen sorted correctly? Alphabetic sorting is the default unless otherwise specified. Is all date entry required in the correct format? Have all pushbuttons on the screen been given appropriate Shortcut keys? Do the Shortcut keys work correctly? Have the menu options that apply to your screen got fast keys associated and should they have? Does the Tab Order specified on the screen go in sequence from Top Left to bottom right? This is the default unless otherwise specified. Are all read-only fields avoided in the TAB sequence? Are all disabled fields avoided in the TAB sequence? Can the cursor be placed in the microhelp text box by clicking on the text box with the mouse? Can the cursor be placed in read-only fields by clicking in the field with the mouse? Is the cursor positioned in the first input field or control when the screen is opened? Is there a default button specified on the screen? Does the default button work correctly? When an error message occurs does the focus return to the field in error when the user cancels it?
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When the user Alt+Tab's to another application does this have any impact on the screen upon return to the application? Do all the fields edit boxes indicate the number of characters they will hold by there length? e.g. a 30 character field should be a lot longer Data Integrity Conditions: Is the data saved when the window is closed by double clicking on the close box? Check the maximum field lengths to ensure that there are no truncated characters? Where the database requires a value (other than null) then this should be defaulted into fields. The user must either enter an alternative valid value or leave the default value intact. Check maximum and minimum field values for numeric fields? If numeric fields accept negative values can these be stored correctly on the database and does it make sense for the field to accept negative numbers? If a set of radio buttons represents a fixed set of values such as A, B and C then what happens if a blank value is retrieved from the database? (In some situations rows can be created on the database by other functions, which are not screen based, and thus the required initial values can be incorrect.) If a particular set of data is saved to the database check that each value gets saved fully to the database. (i.e.) Beware of truncation (of strings) and rounding of numeric values. Modes (Editable Read-only) Conditions: Are the screen and field colors adjusted correctly for read-only mode? Should a read-only mode be provided for this screen? Are all fields and controls disabled in read-only mode? Can the screen be accessed from the previous screen/menu/toolbar in read-only mode? Can all screens available from this screen be accessed in read-only mode? Check that no validation is performed in read-only mode. General Conditions: Assure the existence of the "Help" menu. Assure that the proper commands and options are in each menu. Assure that all buttons on all tool bars have a corresponding key commands. Assure that each menu command has an alternative (hot-key) key sequence, which will invoke it where appropriate. In drop down list boxes, ensure that the names are not abbreviations / cut short In drop down list boxes, assure that the list and each entry in the list can be accessed via appropriate key / hot key combinations. Ensure that duplicate hot keys do not exist on each screen Ensure the proper usage of the escape key (which is to undo any changes that have been made) and generates a caution message "Changes will be lost - Continue yes/no" Assure that the cancel button functions the same as the escape key.
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Assure that the Cancel button operates, as a Close button when changes have been made that cannot be undone. Assure that only command buttons, which are used by a particular window, or in a particular dialog box, are present. – (i.e) make sure they don't work on the screen behind the current screen. When a command button is used sometimes and not at other times, assures that it is grayed out when it should not be used. Assure that OK and Cancel buttons are grouped separately from other command buttons. Assure that command button names are not abbreviations. Assure that all field labels/names are not technical labels, but rather are names meaningful to system users. Assure that command buttons are all of similar size and shape, and same font & font size. Assure that each command button can be accessed via a hot key combination. Assure that command buttons in the same window/dialog box do not have duplicate hot keys. Assure that each window/dialog box has a clearly marked default value (command button, or other object) which is invoked when the Enter key is pressed - and NOT the Cancel or Close button Assure that focus is set to an object/button, which makes sense according to the function of the window/dialog box. Assure that all option buttons (and radio buttons) names are not abbreviations. Assure that option button names are not technical labels, but rather are names meaningful to system users. If hot keys are used to access option buttons, assure that duplicate hot keys do not exist in the same window/dialog box. Assure that option box names are not abbreviations. Assure that option boxes, option buttons, and command buttons are logically grouped together in clearly demarcated areas "Group Box" Assure that the Tab key sequence, which traverses the screens, does so in a logical way. Assure consistency of mouse actions across windows. Assure that the color red is not used to highlight active objects (many individuals are redgreen color blind). Assure that the user will have control of the desktop with respect to general color and highlighting (the application should not dictate the desktop background characteristics). Assure that the screen/window does not have a cluttered appearance Ctrl + F6 opens next tab within tabbed window Shift + Ctrl + F6 opens previous tab within tabbed window Tabbing will open next tab within tabbed window if on last field of current tab Tabbing will go onto the 'Continue' button if on last field of last tab within tabbed window Tabbing will go onto the next editable field in the window Banner style & size & display exact same as existing windows
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Assure that 00 and 13 are reported as errors. generating "changes will be lost" message if necessary. 30 are validated correctly & do not cause errors/ miscalculations. 28. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . display all options on open of list box . Assure that numeric fields with a blank in position 1 are processed or reported as an error.e the tab is opened. Assure that valid values are handles by the correct procedure. highlighting the field with the error on it) Pressing continue while on the first tab of a tabbed window (assuming all fields filled correctly) will not open all the tabs. Assure that invalid values are logged and reported. Numeric Fields Assure that lowest and highest values are handled correctly. Microhelp text for every enabled field & button Ensure all fields are disabled in read-only mode Progress messages on load of tabbed screens Return operates continue If retrieve on load of tabbed window fails window should not open Specific Field Tests Date Field Checks Assure that leap years are validated correctly & do not cause errors/miscalculations. On open of tab focus will be on first editable field All fonts to be the same Alt+F4 will close the tabbed window and return you to main screen or previous screen (as appropriate). Page 27 ©Copyright 2007. Assure that month code 00 and 13 are validated correctly & do not cause errors/miscalculations. Assure that day values 00 and 32 are validated correctly & do not cause errors/miscalculations.should be no need to scroll Errors on continue will cause user to be returned to the tab and the focus should be on the field causing the error.values are correctly processed. Assure that division by zero does not occur. Assure that Feb. 29. Assure that out of cycle dates are validated correctly & do not cause errors/miscalculations. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Assure that Feb. Assure that both + and . Assure that fields with a blank in the last position are processed or reported as an error an error. Assure that century change is validated correctly & does not cause errors/miscalculations.Handout – Software Testing If 8 or less options in a list box. 30 is reported as an error. (i.

Include maximum and minimum range values. Include invalid characters & symbols.Substitute your specific commands Add View Change Delete Continue . All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Assure that upper and lower values in ranges are handled correctly. Validation Testing . Include valid characters. Include at least one in-range value. Include out of range values above the maximum and below the minimum.Standard Actions Examples of Standard Actions .(i. Alpha Field Checks Use blank and non-blank data. Include lowest and highest values. abandon changes or additions) Fill each field .Valid data Fill each field .(i. Include data items with first position blank.Invalid data Different Check Box / Radio Box combinations Scroll Lists / Drop Down List Boxes Help Fill Lists and Scroll Tab Tab Sequence Shift Tab Page 28 ©Copyright 2007.Handout – Software Testing Include value zero in all calculations. Include data items with last position blank. Cognizant Technology Solutions.e.e. continue saving changes or additions) Add View Change Delete Cancel .

Cognizant Technology Solutions. and are included as a guide.Handout – Software Testing Shortcut keys / Hot Keys Note: The following keys are used in some windows applications. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Page 29 ©Copyright 2007.

Applications may use other modifiers for these operations. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . in the context for which they make sense.Handout – Software Testing * These shortcuts are suggested for text formatting applications. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Page 30 ©Copyright 2007.

Test department coders develop code test scenarios and exercises that will test new units of code after they have been written. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Example: You can create another set of tests for a particular module in your application. Regression testing is a normal part of the program development process. Page 31 ©Copyright 2007. The reason they might not work because changing or adding new code to a program can easily introduce errors into code that is not intended to be changed. and can include both manual and automated tests Example: You can create a cycle containing basic tests that run on each build of the application throughout development. you need to execute different tests in order to address specific goals. A related group of tests is called a test cycle. to determine the application's stability before beginning more rigorous testing. the old test cases are run against the new version to make sure that all the old capabilities still work. Usually you do not run all the tests at once. At different stages of the quality assurance process. Each time your application changes. Create Test Cycles During this stage you decide the subset of tests from your test database you want to execute. It is a quality control measure to ensure that the newly modified code still complies with its specified requirements and that unmodified code has not been affected by the maintenance activity. Also consider issues such as the current state of the application and whether new functions have been added or modified. you will want to execute the relevant parts of your test plan in order to locate defects and assess quality. This test cycle includes tests that check that module in depth. The selective retesting of a software system that has been modified to ensure that any bugs have been fixed and that no other previously working functions have failed as a result of the reparations and that newly added features have not created problems with previous versions of the software. To decide which test cycles to build. Before a new version of a software product is released. Cognizant Technology Solutions.Handout – Software Testing Regression Testing What is Regression Testing? Regression testing is the process of testing changes to computer programs to make sure that the older programming still works with the new changes. refer to the testing goals you defined at the beginning of the process. You can run the cycle each time a new build is ready. Also referred to as verification testing Regression testing is initiated after a programmer has attempted to fix a recognized problem or has added source code to a program that may have inadvertently introduced errors. Test Execution Test Execution is the heart of the testing process.

This cycle can be run when more time is available for testing. During Automated Test Execution you create a batch of tests and launch the entire batch at once. and log the results. Regression cycle tests maintenance builds. You use the application. Testing Tools executes automated tests for you. notices a problem with an application. A test cycle is complete only when all tests-automatic and manual-have been run. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Analyze Test Results After every test run one analyze and validate the test results. It then imports results. a letter is allowed to be entered in a number field) Change a modification of the existing application. or if the expected result needs to be updated. You perform manual tests using the test steps. (for example. And have to identify all the failed steps in the tests and to determine whether a bug has been detected. providing outcome summaries for each test. rather than depth) to see that it is functional and stable.Handout – Software Testing Following are examples of some general categories of test cycles to consider: Sanity cycle checks the entire system at a basic level (breadth. as well as in-depth tests for the specific area of the application that was modified. or wants to recommend an enhancement. you begin executing the tests in the cycle. Testing Tools runs the tests one at a time. Any major or minor request is considered a problem with an application and will be entered as a change request. For each test step you assign either pass or fail status. and also test advanced options in the application (depth). (for example. The goal of this type of cycle is to verify that a change to one part of the software did not break the rest of the application. Normal cycle tests the system a little more in depth than the sanity cycle. This cycle should include basic-level tests containing mostly positive checks. Type of Change Request Bug the application works incorrectly or provides incorrect information. Run Test Cycles (Automated & Manual Tests) Once you have created cycles that cover your testing objectives. Change Request Initiating a Change Request A user or developer wants to suggest a modification that would improve an existing application. compare the application output with the expected output. Advanced cycle tests both breadth and depth. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . sorting the files alphabetically by the second field rather than numerically by the first field makes them easier to find) Enhancement Page 32 ©Copyright 2007. This cycle can group medium-level tests. enter input. The tests in the cycle cover the entire application (breadth). With Manual Test Execution you follow the instructions in the test steps of each test. containing both positive and negative checks. A regression cycle includes sanity-level tests for testing the entire software.

a new field. The number of open or fixed bugs is a good indicator of the quality status of your application. Below is a simple traceability matrix structure. You can use data analysis tools such as re-ports and graphs in interpret bug data. you report the bugs (or defects) that you detected. Critical the application does not work. High the application works. The Quality Assurance manager or Project manager periodically reviews all New bugs and decides which should be fixed. Software developers fix the Open bugs and assign them the status Fixed. a new report. and closed. you record all the information necessary to reproduce and fix it. and end-users in all phases of the testing process.Handout – Software Testing new functionality or item added to the application. and provide all necessary information to reproduce. If a bug is detected again. If a bug does not reoccur. it is reopened. verified. Communication is an essential part of bug tracking. There can be more things Page 33 ©Copyright 2007. (for example. This also applies to any Section 508 infraction. Bug Tracking involves two main stages: reporting and tracking. Bug Tracking Locating and repairing software bugs is an essential part of software development. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Cognizant Technology Solutions. and follow up the bug. You also make sure that the QA and development personnel involved in fixing the bug are notified. The bugs are stored in a database so that you can manage them and analyze the status of your application. all members of the development and quality assurance team must be well informed in order to insure that bugs information is up to date and that the most important problems are addressed.Tests are associated with the requirements on which they are based and the product tested tomeet the requirement. QA personnel test a new build of the application. Report Bugs Once you execute the manual and automated tests in a cycle. or a new button) Priority for the request Low the application works but this would make the function easier or more user friendly. it is Closed. When you report a bug. Information about bugs must be detailed and organized in order to schedule bug fixes and determine software release dates. Traceability Matrix A traceability matrix is created by associating requirements with the products that satisfy them. Bugs can be detected and reported by engineers. Track and Analyze Bugs The lifecycle of a bug begins when it is reported and ends when it is fixed. but this is necessary to perform a job. testers. These bugs are given the status Open and are assigned to a member of the development team. job functions are impaired and there is no work around. First you report New bugs to the database. fix.

User requirement identifiers begin with "U" and system requirements with "S." Tracing S12 to its source makes it clear this requirement is erroneous: it must be eliminated. Traceability ensures completeness. that all lower level requirements derive from higher level requirements. and that all higher level requirements are allocated to lower level requirements. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Traceability is also used in managing change and provides the basis for test planning. Cognizant Technology Solutions. SAMPLE TRACEABILITY MATRIX A traceability matrix is a report from the requirements database or repository.Handout – Software Testing included in a traceability matrix than shown below. The examples below show traceability between user and system requirements. rewritten. or the traceability corrected. Page 34 ©Copyright 2007. Numbers for products are established in a configuration management (CM) plan. Traceability requires unique identifiers for each requirement and product.

Phases of Testing The primary objective of testing effort is to determine the conformance to requirements specified in the contracted documents. Installation. Unit testing.) Types and Phases of Testing Page 35 ©Copyright 2007. Techniques can be used in any stage that tests the system as a whole (System testing. What goes into each report depends on the information needs of those receiving the report(s). not its parts Techniques can be structural or functional. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Goal is to evaluate the system as a whole. The integration of this code with the internal code is the important objective. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . other reports are necessary to manage requirements. etc. Determine their information needs and document the information that will be associated with the requirements when you set up your requirements database or repository. Acceptance Testing.Handout – Software Testing In addition to traceability matrices.

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However. Cognizant Technology Solutions. most integration testing has been traditionally limited to ``black box'' techniques. testing at each phase helps detect errors early and keep the system under control. Performing only cursory testing at early integration phases and then applying a more rigorous criterion for the final stage is really just a variant of the high-risk "big bang" approach. performing rigorous testing of the entire software involved in each integration phase involves a lot of wasteful duplication of effort across phases. To be most effective. Second. this is impractical for two major reasons. then assembling subsystems into larger subsystems. In general. bottom-up. top-down. The key is to Page 38 ©Copyright 2007. For most real systems. Large systems may require many integration phases.Handout – Software Testing Integration Testing One of the most significant aspects of a software development project is the integration strategy. critical piece first. the more important the integration strategy. the system would fail in so many places at once that the debugging and retesting effort would be impractical. because of the vast amount of detail separating the input data from the individual code modules. Very small systems are often assembled and tested in one phase. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Integration may be performed all at once. the larger the project. an integration testing technique should fit well with the overall integration strategy. In fact. First. or by first integrating functional subsystems and then integrating the subsystems in separate phases using any of the basic strategies. beginning with assembling modules into lowlevel subsystems. and finally assembling the highest level subsystems into the complete system. satisfying any white box testing criterion would be very difficult. In a multi-phase integration.

for example. Cognizant Technology Solutions. It is important to understand the relationship between module testing and integration testing. combining module testing with the lowest level of subsystem integration testing. Each of these views of integration testing may be appropriate for any given project. Many projects compromise.Handout – Software Testing leverage the overall integration structure to allow rigorous testing at each phase while minimizing duplication of effort. Then. the most obvious generalization is to satisfy the module testing criterion in an integration context. Page 39 ©Copyright 2007. leads to an excessive amount of redundant testing. module and integration testing can be combined. and then performing pure integration testing at higher levels. verifying the details of each module's implementation in an integration context. As discussed in the previous subsection. integration testing concentrates entirely on module interactions. In one view. assuming that the details within each module are accurate. so an integration testing method should be flexible enough to accommodate them all. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . At the other extreme. in effect using the entire program as a test driver environment for each module. this trivial kind of generalization does not take advantage of the differences between module and integration testing. Generalization of module testing criteria Module testing criteria can often be generalized in several possible ways to support integration testing. modules are rigorously tested in isolation using stubs and drivers before any integration is attempted. Applying it to each phase of a multiphase integration strategy. However.

Since application of this rule removes one node and one edge from the flow graph. However. Since structured testing at the module level requires that all the decision logic in a module's control flow graph be tested independently. It is important to preserve the module's connectivity when using the looping rule. By this process. The repetitive rule eliminates top-test loops that are not involved with module calls. there must be a path from the module entry to the top of the loop and a path from the bottom of the loop to the module exit. Although not strictly a reduction rule. structured testing at the integration level focuses on the decision outcomes that are involved with module calls. The statement coverage module testing criterion. and then use the resultant "reduced" flow graph to drive integration testing. The idea behind design reduction is to start with a module control flow graph. conditional. The remaining rules work together to eliminate the parts of the flow graph that are not involved with module calls. The design reduction technique helps identify those decision outcomes. in which each statement is required to be exercised during module testing. they each reduce cyclomatic complexity by one. and looping rules each remove one edge from the flow graph. even very complex logic can be eliminated as long as it does not involve any module calls. Cognizant Technology Solutions. remove all control structures that are not involved with module calls. so that it is possible to exercise them independently during integration testing. Rules 1 through 4 are intended to be applied iteratively until none of them can be applied. it leaves the cyclomatic complexity unchanged. Although the specifics of the generalization of structured testing are more detailed. it does simplify the graph so that the other rules can be applied. The looping rule eliminates bottom-test loops that are not involved with module calls. Figure below shows a systematic set of rules for performing design reduction. the appropriate generalization to the integration level requires that just the decision logic involved with calls to other modules be tested independently. The sequential rule eliminates sequences of non-call ("white dot") nodes. The conditional rule eliminates conditional statements that do not contain calls in their bodies. Page 40 ©Copyright 2007. can be generalized to require each module call statement to be exercised during integration testing. Module design complexity Rather than testing all decision outcomes within a module independently. at which point the design reduction is complete. the approach is the same. since for poorlystructured code it may be hard to distinguish the ``top'' of the loop from the ``bottom. the call rule states that function call ("black dot") nodes cannot be reduced.'' For the rule to apply. Since the repetitive. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected .Handout – Software Testing More useful generalizations adapt the module testing criterion to focus on interactions between modules rather than attempting to test all of the details of each module's implementation in an integration context.

and it is important to limit the corresponding stages of testing as well. avoiding redundant testing of previously integrated sub-components. which simplifies the derivation of data sets that test interactions among components.Handout – Software Testing Incremental integration Hierarchical system design limits each stage of development to a manageable effort. Cognizant Technology Solutions. it is required that all module call statements from one component into a different component be exercised at each integration stage. To form a completely flexible "statement testing" criterion. it is required that each statement be executed during the first phase (which may be anything from single modules to the entire Page 41 ©Copyright 2007. The remainder of this section extends the integration testing techniques of structured testing to handle the general case of incremental integration. The key principle is to test just the interaction among components at each integration stage. Hierarchical design is most effective when the coupling among sibling components decreases as the component size increases. including support for hierarchical design. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . To extend statement coverage to support incremental integration.

this limits the testing effort to a small fraction of the effort to cover each statement of the system at each integration phase. Given hierarchical integration stages with good cohesive partitioning properties. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Page 42 ©Copyright 2007.Handout – Software Testing program). Cognizant Technology Solutions. and that at each integration phase all call statements that cross the boundaries of previously integrated components are tested.

including Users.Handout – Software Testing Structured testing can be extended to cover the fully general case of incremental integration in a similar manner. The testing can be based upon the User Requirements Specification to which the system should conform. Acceptance Testing checks that the system delivers what was requested. only two additional tests are required to complete the integration testing. However. The test procedures that lead to formal 'acceptance' of new or changed systems. The forms of the tests may follow those in system testing. Cognizant Technology Solutions. problems will arise and it is important to have determined what will be the expected and required responses from the various parties concerned. System. acceptance testing is formal testing conducted to determine whether a system satisfies its acceptance criteria and thus whether the customer should accept the system. Factors influencing Acceptance Testing The User Acceptance Test Plan will vary from system to system but. the component module design complexity of module A is 1. and in detail. and exclude from consideration all modules that do not contain any cross-component calls. and not the developer should always do acceptance testing. Release. Acceptance Testing In software engineering. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Modules B and D are removed from consideration because they do not contain cross-component calls. The customer. Figure 7-7 illustrates the structured testing approach to incremental integration. and the component module design complexity of module C is 2. It would take three tests to integrate this system in a single phase. It is similar to systems testing in that the whole system is checked but the important difference is the change in focus: Systems Testing checks that the system that was specified has been delivered. as have modules B and D. As in any system though. The key is to perform design reduction at each integration phase using just the module call nodes that cross component boundaries. Page 43 ©Copyright 2007. User Acceptance Testing is a critical phase of any 'systems' project and requires significant participation by the 'End Users'. Interface. an Acceptance Test Plan should be developed in order to plan precisely. The final part of the UAT can also include a parallel run to prove the system against the current system. The main types of software testing are: Component. yielding component-reduced graphs. since the design predicates decision to call module D from module B has been tested in a previous phase. the means by which 'Acceptance' will be achieved. in general. the testing should be planned in order to provide a realistic and adequate exposure of the system to all reasonably expected events. Acceptance. but at all times they are informed by the business needs. The customer knows what is required from the system to achieve value in the business and is the only person qualified to make that judgment. To be of real use. Modules A and C have been previously integrated. Acceptance Testing checks the system against the "Requirements".

Here is an example which has been used successfully. Major Problem. it must be agreed between End User and vendor. testing can continue and the system is likely to go live with only minimal departure from agreed business processes. you may demand that any problems in severity level 1.g. the allocation of a problem into its appropriate severity level can be subjective and open to question. In order to agree what such responses should be. The users of the system. where appropriate Regression Testing. fonts. To avoid the risk of lengthy and protracted exchanges over the categorization of problems. or if there are. of a problem with the system. Even where the severity levels and the responses to each have been agreed by all parties. both testing and live operations may progress. Finally. in terms of business / commercial impact. In some cases. the maximum number of acceptable 'outstanding' in any particular category. receive priority response and that all testing will cease until such level 1 problems are resolved. Again. but little or no changes to business processes are envisaged. pitch size However.B. colours. Vendors and possibly Consultants / Contractors. Because no system is entirely fault free. must then agree upon the responsibilities and required actions for each category of problem. these will be known in advance and your organization is forewarned. seek additional functionality which could be classified as scope creep. testing can continue but we cannot go into production (live) with this problem. Minor Problem . and '6' has the least impact: 'Show Stopper' i. Critical Problem. or. Page 44 ©Copyright 2007. In any event. it is crucial to agree the Criteria for Acceptance. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Caution.Handout – Software Testing Project Team. it is impossible to continue with the testing because of the severity of this error / bug. found during testing. we strongly advised that a range of examples are agreed in advance to ensure that there are no fundamental areas of disagreement. prior consideration of this is advisable. 'Cosmetic' Problem e. must be subjected to rigorous System Testing and.e. the End Users and the Project Team need to develop and agree a range of 'Severity Levels'. These conditions need to be analyzed as they may. '1' is the most severe. Medium Problem. testing can continue but live this feature will cause severe disruption to business processes in live operation. users may agree to accept ('sign off') the system subject to a range of conditions. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . if such features are key to the business requirements they will warrant a higher severity level. For example. This problem should be corrected. N. perhaps unintentionally. in consultation with the executive sponsor of the project. any and all fixes from the software developers. These levels will range from (say) 1 to 6 and will represent the relative severity.

and prevented in the future. Objectives The typical objectives of configuration testing are to: Partially validate the application (i. Determine the effect of adding or modifying hardware resources such as: o o o o Memory Disk and tape resources Processors Load balancers Determine an optimal system configuration. Preconditions Configuration testing can typically begin when the following preconditions hold: The configurability requirements to be tested have been specified. Cause failures concerning the configurability requirements that help identify defects that are not efficiently found during unit and integration testing: o o o Functional Variants. Internationalization (e.e. Multiple variants of the application exist... The relevant software components have passed unit testing. Support internationalization.g. to determine if it fulfills its configurability requirements). Software integration testing has started. The relevant system components have passed system integration testing. The independent test team is adequately staffed and trained in configuration testing. analyzed.Handout – Software Testing Configuration Testing & Installation Testing Configuration testing: Testing to determine whether the program operates properly when the software or hardware is configured in a required manner. Page 45 ©Copyright 2007. configuration testing can begin prior to the distribution of the software components onto the hardware components. The test environment is ready. Cognizant Technology Solutions. fixed.). currencies. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Support personalization. However. time zones. taxes and tariffs. etc. Personalization Report these failures to the development teams so that the associated defects can be fixed. The typical goals of configuration testing are to cause the application to fail to meet its configurability requirements so that the underlying defects can be identified. multiple languages. Examples Typical examples include configuration testing of an application that must: Have multiple functional variants.

Cognizant Technology Solutions.Handout – Software Testing Completion Criteria Configuration testing is typically complete when the following postconditions hold: At least one configuration test suite exists for each configurability requirement. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Tasks Configurability testing typically involves the independent test team performing the following testing tasks: Test Planning Test Reuse Test Design Test Implementation Test Execution Test Reporting Environments Configuration testing is performed on the following environments using the following techniques: Test Environment: Test Harness Work Products Configuration testing typically results in the production of all or part of the following work products from the test work product set: Documents: Project Test Plan Master Test List Test Procedures Test Report Test Summary Report Software and Data: Test Harness Test Scripts Test Suites Test Cases Test Data Phases Configuration testing typically consists of the following tasks being performed during the following phases: Page 46 ©Copyright 2007. The test suites for every scheduled configurability requirement execute successfully on the appropriate configuration.

All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . site validation. installation testing is defined as any testing that takes place outside of the developer's controlled environment. Terms such as beta test. Installation testing is any testing that takes place at a user's site with the actual hardware and software that will be part of the installed system configuration. and for the purposes of this document. reuse functional test cases as configuration test cases. manufacturing equipment must meet specified requirements. The testing is accomplished through either actual or simulated use of the software being tested within the environment in which it is intended to function. user acceptance test.Handout – Software Testing Guidelines The iterative and incremental development cycle implies that configuration testing is regularly performed in an iterative and incremental manner. Terminology in this testing area can be confusing. and installation verification have all been used to describe installation testing. there are specific site validation requirements that need to be considered in the planning of installation testing. However. Page 47 ©Copyright 2007. Quality System Regulations require installation and inspection procedures (including testing where appropriate) and documentation of inspection and testing to demonstrate proper installation. Guidance contained here is general in nature and is applicable to any installation testing. Test planners should check with Soft Solutions International to determine whether there are any additional regulatory requirements for installation testing. Installation testing: Testing to identify the ways in which the installation procedures lead to incorrect results. To avoid confusion. and automated systems be validated for their intended use. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Likewise. To the extent practical. in some areas. Configuration testing must be automated if adequate regression testing is to occur.

If the developers are not involved. it is all the more important that the user have persons knowledgeable in software engineering who understand the importance of such matters as careful test planning. Report these failures to the development teams so that the associated defects can be fixed. errors. which are not apparent during more normal activities. fault testing (avoidance. The revision of the system to compensate for faults detected during this installation testing should follow the same procedures and controls as any other software change. they may seamlessly carry over to the user's site the last portions of design-level systems testing. the definition of expected test results. if any. Operators should be able to perform the intended operations and respond in an appropriate and timely manner to all alarms. The developer may be able to furnish the user with some of the test data sets to be used for this purpose. Some of the evaluations that have been performed earlier by the software developer at the developer's site should be repeated at the site of actual use. which are encountered. Records should be maintained during installation testing of both the system's capability to properly perform and the system's failures. security. Help determine the extent to which the application is ready for: o o o Beta testing. detection. error messages. and the recording of all test outputs. heavy loads or stresses. implementation of safety requirements. If the developers are involved. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Acceptance testing. etc. and recovery). The developers of the software may or may not be involved in the installation testing. In addition to an evaluation of the system's ability to properly perform its intended functions. These may include tests for a high volume of data. Launch. Alpha testing and Beta testing Alpha testing is the launch testing consisting of the development organization’s initial internal dry runs of the application’s acceptance tests in the production environment. The testing instructions should encourage use through the full range of operating conditions and should continue for a sufficient time to allow the system to encounter a wide spectrum of conditions and events in an effort to detect any latent faults. Measures should ensure that all system components are exercised during the testing and that the versions of these components are those specified. warnings. there should be an evaluation of the ability of the users of the system to understand and correctly interface with it.Handout – Software Testing Installation testing should follow a pre-defined plan with a formal summary of testing and a record of formal acceptance. tolerance. Cognizant Technology Solutions. There should be retention of documented evidence of all testing procedures. test input data and test results. Objectives The typical objectives of alpha testing are to: Cause failures that only tend to occur in the production environment. There should be evidence that hardware and software are installed and configured as specified. and serviceability. Page 48 ©Copyright 2007.

Test Reporting: Report failures that occurred during testing to the development teams so that the associated defects can be fixed. Test Execution: Execute the alpha test suites on the production environment. Cognizant Technology Solutions. The acceptance tests execute on the production environment. Completion Criteria Alpha testing is typically complete when the following post conditions hold: An initial version of the acceptance test suites exists. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected .Handout – Software Testing Provide input to the defect trend analysis effort. The independent test team is adequately staffed. Environments Alpha testing is typically performed on the following environments with the following tools: o Production Environments None o o o o Page 49 ©Copyright 2007. Preconditions Execution of alpha tests can typically begin when the following preconditions hold: The application has passed all system tests. The production environment is ready. The delivery phase has begun. The application has been ported to the production environment. Tasks Typically involves the following teams performing the following testing tasks: Independent Test Team: o Test Planning: Determine alpha testing completion criteria. Update the alpha testing subsection of Project Test Plan (PTP) Test Design: Select an adequate subset of the system test suites of test cases (both functional and quality) to be repeated on the production environment during alpha testing. The customer representative has approved these acceptance test suites. Test Implementation: Fix any defects in the test suites found during evaluation. Severity two defects that do not have adequate work arounds. Acceptance testing does not discover any: o o Severity one defects.

The delivery phase has begun. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Objectives The typical objectives of beta testing are to: Cause failures that only tend to occur during actual usage by the user community rather than during formal testing. Launch. The application has passed alpha testing. Help determine the extent to which the system is ready for: o o Acceptance testing. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected .Handout – Software Testing Phases Alpha testing typically involves the following tasks being performed during the following phases: Guidelines To the extent practical. Definition Beta testing is the launch testing of the application in the production environment by a few select users prior to acceptance testing and the release of the application to its entire user community. Provide input to the defect trend analysis effort. Obtain additional user community feedback beyond that received during usability testing. Page 50 ©Copyright 2007. Preconditions Beta test execution can typically begin when the following preconditions hold: The application has passed all system tests. Report these failures to the development teams so that the associated defects can be fixed. The production environment is ready. reuse the tests from system testing when performing alpha testing rather than producing new tests.

Tasks Beta testing typically involves the following producers performing the following testing tasks: Independent Test Team: o Test Planning . The users have reported any failures observed to the development organization.Use application under normal conditions of operation. Customer Organization: o o o o Environments Beta testing is typically performed on the following environments (limited to a select group of users) using the following tools: Production Environments: Client Environment Contact Center Environment Content Management Environment Data Center Environment Tools: Defect reporting tool. Test Reporting .Update beta testing subsection of Project Test Plan (PTP). Test Reporting .Select beta test user group. The selected group of users is ready. Completion Criteria Beta testing is typically complete when: The time period scheduled for beta testing ends.Report failures to customer organization. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Test Execution . These failures have been passed on to the development teams. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . User Organizations: Page 51 ©Copyright 2007.Pass on reported failures to developer organization. Test Implementation .Handout – Software Testing The application has been ported to the production environment.

The testing that ensures that no unwanted changes were introduced is a) Unit Testing b) System Testing c) Acceptance Testing d) Regression Testing Answers: 1) a 2) d Page 52 ©Copyright 2007. Beta testing often uses actual live data rather than data created for testing purposes. Test your Understanding 1. Alpha testing is differentiated from beta testing by a) the location where the tests are conducted b) the types of tests conducted c) the people doing the testing d) the degree to which white-box techniques are used 2. Cognizant Technology Solutions. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Beta testing is critical if formal usability testing was not performed during system testing.Handout – Software Testing Phases Beta testing typically involves the following tasks being performed during the following phases: Guidelines Limit the user test group to users who are willing to use a lower quality version of the application in exchange for obtaining it early and having input into its iteration.

Handout – Software Testing Chapter 4: Levels of Testing Learning Objective After completing this chapter. People who revisit the code will use the unit tests to discover which objects are related. Need for Unit Test How do you know that a method doesn't need a unit test? First. "What will this bit of code do?" Or. If the scope is too narrow. Cognizant Technology Solutions. The careful programmer will know that their unit testing is complete when they have verified that their unit tests cover every cluster of objects that form their application. Just because we don't test every method explicitly doesn't mean that methods can get away with not being tested. Usually this is the case when the method involves a cluster of objects. Hence: Unit tests isolate clusters of objects for future developers. you will be able to: List different levels of testing Unit Testing Unit testing: Isn't that some annoying requirement that we're going to ignore? Many developers get very nervous when you mention unit tests. any method that can break is a good candidate for having a unit test. and then the unit test will be there to help you fix it. It's important. Page 53 ©Copyright 2007. Certainly. then the tests will be trivial and the objects might pass the tests. it is a little design document that says. The programmer should know that their unit testing is complete when the unit tests cover at the very least the functional requirements of all the code. The developer should know when this is the case. The programmer is then reduced to testing-by-poking-around. and they also identify those segments of code that are related. then that method can break. The danger of not implementing a unit test on every method is that the coverage may be incomplete. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . The unit test will motivate the code that you write. which is not an effective test strategy. Unit tests that isolate clusters of objects for testing are doubly useful. then there is a high chance that not every component of the new code will get tested. but not relevant in most programming projects. but there will be no design of their interactions. If error handling is performed in a method. along with the expected results and pass/fail date. because it may break at some time. can it be tested by inspection? If the code is simple enough that the developer can just look at it and verify its correctness then it is simple enough to not require a unit test. In a sense. so the art is to define the unit test on the methods that cannot be checked by inspection. Generally. in the language of object oriented programming. Unit tests will most likely be defined at the method level. or which objects form a cluster. interactions of objects are the crux of any object oriented design. Usually this is a vision of a grand table with every single method listed. Likewise. if the scope is too broad. "What will these clusters of objects do?" The crucial issue in constructing a unit test is scope. because they test for failures. Another good litmus test is to look at the code and see if it throws an error or catches an error.

All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Levels of Unit Testing UNIT 100% code coverage INTEGRATION SYSTEM ACCEPTANCE MAINTENANCE AND REGRESSION Concepts in Unit Testing: The most 'micro' scale of testing. from Requirements till User Acceptance Testing. As it requires detailed knowledge of the internal program design and code.e.Handout – Software Testing Life Cycle Approach to Testing Testing will occur throughout the project lifecycle i. The main Objective to Unit Testing are as follows : To execute a program with the intent of finding an error. Cognizant Technology Solutions.. To test particular functions or code modules. Typically done by the programmer and not by testers. Types of Errors detected The following are the Types of errors that may be caught Error in Data Structures Performance Errors Logic Errors Validity of alternate and exception flows Identified at analysis/design stages Page 54 ©Copyright 2007. Not always easily done unless the application has a well-designed architecture with tight code. To uncover an as-yet undiscovered error . and Prepare a test case with a high probability of finding an as-yet undiscovered error..

Functionality Checks Screen Functionalities Field Dependencies Auto Generation Algorithms and Computations Normal and Abnormal terminations Specific Business Rules if any..Handout – Software Testing Unit Testing – Black Box Approach Field Level Check Field Level Validation User Interface Check Functional Level Check Unit Testing – White Box Approach STATEMENT COVERAGE DECISION COVERAGE CONDITION COVERAGE MULTIPLE CONDITION COVERAGE (nested conditions) CONDITION/DECISION COVERAGE PATH COVERAGE Unit Testing – Field Level Checks Null / Not Null Checks Uniqueness Checks Length Checks Date Field Checks Numeric Checks Negative Checks Unit Testing – Field Level Validations Test all Validations for an Input field Date Range Checks (From Date/To Date’s) Date Check Validation with System date Unit Testing – User Interface Checks Readability of the Controls Tool Tips Validation Ease of Use of Interface Across Tab related Checks User Interface Dialog GUI compliance checks Unit Testing . All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Cognizant Technology Solutions. Page 55 ©Copyright 2007.

segment coverage and basic block coverage. Select the unique set of test cases. Page 56 ©Copyright 2007.Handout – Software Testing Unit Testing . Also known as: line coverage. Basic block coverage is the same as statement coverage except the unit of code measured is each sequence of non-branching statements. Cognizant Technology Solutions. This measure reports whether each executable statement is encountered.Other Measures Function coverage Loop coverage Race coverage Execution of Unit Tests Design a test case for every statement to be executed. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected .

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Method for Statement Coverage Design a test-case for the pass/failure of every decision point Select unique set of test cases Page 58 ©Copyright 2007. Disadvantage of Unit Testing Insensitive to some control structures (number of iterations) Does not report whether loops reach their termination condition Statement coverage is completely insensitive to the logical operators (|| and &&).Handout – Software Testing Unit Testing Flow : Advantage of Unit Testing Can be applied directly to object code and does not require processing source code. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Performance profilers commonly implement this measure. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected .

all-edges coverage. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Disadvantage: Tedious to determine the minimum set of test cases required. Also known as: branch coverage. "Basis path" testing selects paths that achieve decision coverage. especially for very complex Boolean expressions Number of test cases required could vary substantially among conditions that have similar complexity Condition/Decision Coverage is a hybrid measure composed by the union of condition coverage and decision coverage. and interrupt handlers. As with condition coverage. The entire Boolean expression is considered one true-or-false predicate regardless of whether it contains logical-and or logical-or operators. this measure includes coverage of switch-statement cases. Predicate coverage views paths as possible combinations of logical conditions Path coverage has the advantage of requiring very thorough testing Page 59 ©Copyright 2007. when present. Also known as predicate coverage. separated by logical-and and logical-or if they occur. decisionpath testing. Condition coverage measures the sub-expressions independently of each other. Reports the true or false outcome of each Boolean sub-expression. basis path coverage. Advantage: Simplicity without the problems of statement coverage Disadvantage This measure ignores branches within boolean expressions which occur due to shortcircuit operators.Handout – Software Testing This measure reports whether Boolean expressions tested in control structures (such as the if-statement and while-statement) evaluated to both true and false. A path is a unique sequence of branches from the function entry to the exit. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . It has the advantage of simplicity but without the shortcomings of its component measures This measure reports whether each of the possible paths in each function have been followed. Method for Condition Coverage: Test if every condition (sub-expression) in decision for true/false Select unique set of test cases. Additionally. exception handlers. the sub-expressions are separated by logical-and and logical-or. Reports whether every possible combination of boolean sub-expressions occurs. The test cases required for full multiple condition coverage of a condition are given by the logical operator truth table for the condition.

All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . web server. if they contain any interface defects).theshelf (COTS) software components to determine if they are not interoperable (i.Handout – Software Testing Function Coverage: This measure reports whether you invoked each function or procedure. The valuable aspect of this measure is determining whether while-loops and for-loops execute more than once. Specifically..g. shallow testing finds gross deficiencies in a test suite quickly. Loop Coverage This measure reports whether you executed each loop body zero times.. information not reported by others measure. exactly once. and database Page 60 ©Copyright 2007. and more than once. It is useful during preliminary testing to assure at least some coverage in all areas of the software. Objectives The typical objectives of integration testing are to: Determine if components will work properly together. Broad.e. twice and more than twice (consecutively). Useful for testing multi-threaded programs such as in an operating system. Race Coverage This measure reports whether multiple threads execute the same code at the same time. Cognizant Technology Solutions. client. Software Integration Software integration testing is the incremental integration testing of two or more integrated software components on a single platform to produce failures caused by interface defects. Kinds of Integration Testing Integration testing includes the following kinds of testing: Commercial Component Integration Commercial component integration testing is the integration testing of multiple commercialoff. application server. loop coverage reports whether you executed the body exactly once. Integration Testing Integration testing is the testing of a partially integrated application to identify defects involving the interaction of collaborating components. system integration testing is the testing of software components that have been distributed across multiple platforms (e. Helps detect failure to synchronize access to resources. Identify defects that are not easily identified during unit testing. System Integration System integration testing is the integration testing of two or more system components. For do-while loops.

it also contains some aspects that are orientated on the word ``system'' .Handout – Software Testing server) to produce failures caused by system integration defects (i. defects involving distribution and back-office integration). the validation process is close to other activities such as conformance. Once again. These techniques can be applied flexibly. Moreover. We test for errors that users are likely to make as they interact with the application as well as your application’s ability to trap errors gracefully. System Testing For most organizations. Systems with software components and software-intensive systems are more and more complex everyday. ``Did we build the right product?'' and not just. whether testing a financial system. railway. ``Did we build the product right?'' However. while this is one of the most incomplete test methods.e. Page 61 ©Copyright 2007. Making this function more effective can deliver a range of benefits including reductions in risk. are good examples. The difference between function testing and system testing is that now the focus is on the whole application and its environment . integrating with which-ever type of development methodology you are applying. acceptance and qualification testing. this again includes the question. and nevertheless. However. it is beyond doubt that this test cannot be done completely.. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Industry sectors such as telecom. Even security guide lines have to be included. This means that those tests should be done in the environment for which the program was designed. using different strategies for test data selection. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . ecommerce. This does not mean that now single functions of the whole program are tested. We will test that the functionality of your systems meets with your specifications. because this would be too redundant. software and system testing represents a significant element of a project's cost in terms of money and management time. It is often agreed that testing is essential to manufacture reliable products. Integration testing must be automated if adequate regression testing is to occur. an online casino or games testing. it is one of the most important. In this paper we examine the results of applying several types of Poisson-process models to the development of a large system for which system test was performed in two parallel tracks. like a mulituser network or whetever. and aeronautical and space. In other words. system testing does not only deal with this more economical problem. Guidelines The iterative and incremental development cycle implies that integration testing is regularly performed in an iterative and incremental manner. automotive. development costs and improved 'time to market' for new systems. the validation process does not often receive the required attention. Therefore the program has to be given completely. The main goal is rather to demonstrate the discrepancies of the product from its requirements and its documentation. A number of time-domain software reliability models attempt to predict the growth of a system's reliability during the system test phase of the development life cycle.

Operations testing . System Testing Techniques Goal is to evaluate the system as a whole.Handout – Software Testing System Testing is more than just functional testing. Your test strategy must take into consideration the risks to your organisation. speed.test performance in terms of speed. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . and can. such as: Security Load/stress Performance Browser compatibility Localisation Need for System Testing Effective software testing. how it handles corrupted data. You will have a personal interest in its success in which case it is only human for your objectivity to be compromised.test how the system fits in with existing operations and procedures in the user organization Compliance testing . also encompass many other types of testing.test adherence to standards Page 62 ©Copyright 2007. Cognizant Technology Solutions. commercial and technical. precision. data. etc. etc. Recovery testing . installation.test larger-than-normal capacity in terms of transactions. has been proven over the last 3decades to deliver real business benefits including: These benefits are achieved as a result of some fundamental principles of testing. increased independence naturally increases objectivity. users. for example.) Techniques not mutually exclusive Structural techniques Stress testing . not its parts Techniques can be structural or functional Techniques can be used in any stage that tests the system as a whole (acceptance. Execution testing. etc.test how the system recovers from a disaster. etc. however. as a part of software engineering. when appropriate.

includes user documentation Intersystem handling testing .every path is exercised (impossible in practice) Error-based techniques Page 63 ©Copyright 2007. etc. program.pick test cases that will produce output at the extremes of the output domain Structural techniques Statement testing .each branch of an if/then statement is exercised Conditional testing .test required control mechanisms Parallel testing .each truth statement is exercised both true and false Expression testing .choose test cases with input values at the boundary (both inside and outside) of the allowable range Syntax checking .test required error-handling functions (usually user error) Manual-support testing . module.) in isolation Techniques can be structural or functional In practice. then pick a test case from each partition Boundary value . component.feed same input into two versions of the system to make sure they Produce the same output Unit Testing Goal is to evaluate some piece (file. low.makes sure the system does what it’s required to do Regression testing . Cognizant Technology Solutions.choose test cases that violate the format rules for input Special values .design test cases that use input values that represent special situations Output domain testing .Handout – Software Testing Security testing . including high. and average values Equivalence partitioning .test security requirements Functional techniques Requirements testing .pick test cases representative of the range of allowable input.partition the range of allowable input so that the program is expected to behave similarly for all inputs in a given partition. it’s usually ad-hoc and looks a lot like debugging More structured approaches exist Functional techniques Input domain testing .make sure unchanged functionality remains unchanged errorhandling testing .ensure the set of test cases exercises every statement at least once Branch testing .fundamental form of testing . All Rights Reserved C3: Protected .test that the system can be used properly .every part of every expression is exercised Path testing .test that the system is compatible with other systems in the environment Control testing .

All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . then run test cases until all mutants have been killed Historical test data .an organization keeps records of the average numbers of defects in the products it produces. unit testing is performed by: a. In general. then test until they are all found Mutation testing . Unit testing is predominantly a. Cognizant Technology Solutions. you can estimate whether or not you’ve found all of them or not Fault seeding . The customer Answers: 1) a 2) b Page 64 ©Copyright 2007. the software engineer c. SQA d.create mutants of the program by making single changes. black-box oriented c.put a certain number of known faults into the code. System testing can occur in parallel with integration test.Handout – Software Testing Basic idea is that if you know something about the nature of the defects in the code. then tests a new product until the number of defects found approaches the expected number SUMMARY Testing irrespective of the phases of testing should encompass the following: Cost of Failure associated with defective products getting shipped and used by customer is enormous To find out whether the integrated product work as per the customer requirements To evaluate the product with an independent perspective To identify as many defects as possible before the customer finds To reduce the risk of releasing the product Hence the system Test phase should begin once modules are integrated enough to perform tests in a whole system environment. an independent test group b. especially with the top-down method. both black-and-white-box oriented d. white-box oriented b. Test your Understanding 1). none of the above 2).

call assertTrue() and pass a boolean that is true if the test succeeds For example. Money m14CHF= new Money(14.you can only execute one debug expression at a time and a program with too many print statements causes the dreaded "Scroll Blindness".Introduction JUnit is a simple framework to write repeatable tests. Also. and you can wait to decide what to write until you have seen the running objects. JUnit features include: Assertions for testing expected results Test fixtures for sharing common test data Test suites for easily organizing and running tests Graphical and textual test runners JUnit was originally written by Erich Gamma and Kent Beck Simple Test Case How do you write testing code? The simplest way is as an expression in a debugger. When you need to test something. "CHF"). and it is easy to run many of them at the same time. You can change debug expressions without recompiling. they don't compose nicely. you will be able to: Write a Junit Testing. Page 65 ©Copyright 2007. It is an instance of the xUnit architecture for unit testing frameworks. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected .Handout – Software Testing Chapter 5: JUnit Testing Learning Objective After completing this chapter. Both styles of tests are limited because they require human judgment to analyze their results. here is what you do: Create an instance of Test Case: Create a constructor which accepts a String as a parameter and passes it to the superclass. You can also write test expressions as statements which print to the standard output stream. Cognizant Technology Solutions. JUnit tests do not require human judgment to interpret. JUNIT Testing . "CHF"). write: public void testSimpleAdd() { Money m12CHF= new Money(12. Override the method runTest() When you want to check a value. to test that the sum of two Moneys with the same currency contains a value which is the sum of the values of the two Moneys.

14 Swiss Francs. } } Once you have the Fixture in place. protected void setUp() { f12CHF= new Money(12. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Money result= m12CHF. f28USD= new Money(28. a much bigger savings comes from sharing fixture code. "CHF"). private Money f14CHF. f14CHF= new Money(14.add(m14CHF). To some extent. When you are writing tests you will often find that you spend more time writing the code to set up the fixture than you do in actually testing values. you can make writing the fixture code easier by paying careful attention to the constructors you write. to write several test cases that want to work with different combinations of 12 Swiss Francs. you can write as many Test Cases as you'd like. private Money f28USD. When you want to run more than one test.Handout – Software Testing Money expected= new Money(26. create a Suite. Add an instance variable for each part of the fixture Override setUp() to initialize the variables Override tearDown() to release any permanent resources you allocated in setUp For example. "CHF"). write a Fixture instead. and 28 US Dollars. "USD"). When you have a common fixture. } If you want to write a test similar to one you have already written. This set of objects is called a test fixture. first create a fixture: public class MoneyTest extends TestCase { private Money f12CHF. assertTrue(expected. "CHF"). Cognizant Technology Solutions. here is what you do: Create a subclass of TestCase Create a constructor which accepts a String as a parameter and passes it to the superclass. Page 66 ©Copyright 2007. Each case will send slightly different messages or parameters to the fixture and will check for different results. you will be able to use the same fixture for several different tests. Often. However.equals(result)). Fixture What if you have two or more tests that operate on the same or similar sets of objects? Tests need to run against the background of a known set of objects.

TestSuite which runs any number of test cases together. However.add(f28USD. suite. Instead. f12CHF. To create a suite of two test cases and run them together.add(f14CHF))). Suite How do you run several tests at once? As soon as you have two tests. the name of the test is used to look up the method to run. to run a single test case. or it can't be invoked through reflection. You write test cases for a Fixture the same way. you execute: TestResult result= (new MoneyTest("testMoneyMoneyBag")). Be sure to make it public. JUnit provides a more concise way to write a test against a Fixture. Here is what you do: Write the test case method in the fixture class. Another way is to let JUnit extract a suite from a TestCase. TestResult result= suite.override runTest in an anonymous subclass of TestCase. You could run the tests one at a time yourself. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Page 67 ©Copyright 2007. organize them into a Suite.Create an instance of the TestCase class and pass the name of the test case method to the constructor. assertEquals(expected. you'll want to run them together.run(). execute: TestSuite suite= new TestSuite(). JUnit provides an object. but you would quickly grow tired of that. For example. f28USD }. by making a subclass of TestCase for your set up code and then making anonymous subclasses for the individual test cases. write: public void testMoneyMoneyBag() { // [12 CHF] + [14 CHF] + [28 USD] == {[26 CHF][28 USD]} Money bag[]= { f26CHF.Handout – Software Testing Test Case How do you write and invoke an individual test case when you have a Fixture? Writing a test case without a fixture is simple. } Create an instance of of MoneyTest that will run this test case like this: new MoneyTest("testMoneyMoneyBag") When the test is run. To do so you pass the class of your Test Case to the TestSuite constructor. after a few such tests you would notice that a large percentage of your lines of code are sacrificed to syntax.addTest(new MoneyTest("testSimpleAdd")). suite. to test the addition of a Money and a MoneyBag.addTest(new MoneyTest("testMoneyEquals")). Once you have several tests. MoneyBag expected= new MoneyBag(bag). For example. Cognizant Technology Solutions.run().

TestRunner How do you run your tests and collect their results? Once you have a test suite. The graphical user interface presents a window with: A field to type in the name of a class with a suite method. suite.addTest(new MoneyTest("testSimpleAdd")). you can create a TestSuite in your code and I can create one in mine.run().TestRunner.run(). A failure is anticipated and checked for with assertions.addTest(Kent.suite()).Handout – Software Testing TestSuite suite= new TestSuite(MoneyTest. JUnit distinguishes between failures and errors.TestRunner or junit.addTest(Erich.swingui.addTest(new MoneyTest("testMoneyEquals")). Errors are unanticipated problems like an Page 68 ©Copyright 2007. add the following code to MoneyTest: public static Test suite() { TestSuite suite= new TestSuite(). You make your suite accessible to a TestRunner tool with a static method suite that returns a test suite For example.suite()). and we can run them together by creating a TestSuite that contains both: TestSuite suite= new TestSuite(). Otherwise the automatic suite extraction is the preferred way. TestResult result= suite. Use the manual way when you want a suite to only contain a subset of the test cases. to make a MoneyTest suite available to a TestRunner. It avoids you having to update the suite creation code when you add a new test case. A run button to start the test. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . } If a TestCase class doesn't define a suite method a TestRunner will extract a suite and fill it with all the methods starting with "test". They contain any object that implements the Test interface. JUnit provides tools to define the suite to be run and to display its results.Start it by typing java junit. JUnit provides both a graphical and a textual version of a TestRunner tool. TestResult result= suite. Cognizant Technology Solutions. return suite. suite. suite. you'll want to run it. A progress indicator that turns from red to green in the case of a failed test. In the case of an unsuccessful test JUnit reports the failed tests in a list at the bottom.class).awtui. TestSuites don't only have to contain TestCases. A list of failed tests. suite. For example.

For using either the graphical or the textual version make sure that the junit. In other environments you have to restart the graphical version for each run. There is a batch interface to JUnit.textui. For example. To use it typejava junit. The batch interface shows the result as text output. This LoadingTestCollector reloads all your classes for each test run.run(suite()). The following figure shows an example of a failed test.Handout – Software Testing ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException. An alternative way to invoke the batch interface is to define a main method in your TestCase class. Cognizant Technology Solutions. to start the batch TestRunner for MoneyTest. } With this definition of main you can run your tests by simply typing java MoneyTest at an operating system prompt. also.LoadingTestCollector .textui.runner. write: public static void main(String args[]) { junit.This feature can be disabled by unchecking the 'Reload classes every run' checkbox.jar file is on your CLASSPATH. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . This is tedious and time consuming.TestRunner followed by the name of the class with a suite method at an operating system prompt. Page 69 ©Copyright 2007.TestRunner. As an alternative JUnit's AWT and Swing UIs use junit. In a dynamic programming environment like VisualAge for Java which supports hot code update you can leave the JUnit window up all the time.

The test environment should also be under configuration control and test data and results stored for future evaluation. Test management is also concerned with both test resource and test environment management. you will be able to: Create a test plans and test cases Test Strategy and Test Plan Introduction This Document entails you towards the better insight of the Test Strategy and its methodology. Any test support tools introduced should be aligned with. Key elements of Test Management: Test organization –the set-up and management of a suitable test organizational structure and explicit role definition. The status of the configuration items should be reviewed against the phase plans and test progress reports prepared providing some assurance of the verification and validation activities. Page 70 ©Copyright 2007. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Test planning – the requirements definition and design specifications facilitate in the identification of major test items and these may necessitate the test strategy to be updated. It is the role of test management to ensure that new or modified service products meet the business requirements for which they have been developed or enhanced. The required outcome of each test must be known before the test is attempted. The testing strategy also forms the basis for the creation of a standardized documentation set. Test monitoring and assessment – ongoing monitoring and assessment of the integrity of the development and construction. A detailed test plan and schedule is prepared with key test responsibilities being indicated. The Testing strategy should define the objectives of all test stages and the techniques that apply. The project framework under which the testing activities will be carried out is reviewed. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Unit. high level test phase plans prepared and resource schedules considered. Test organization also involves the determination of configuration standards and the definition of the test environment. integration and system testing – configuration items are verified against the appropriate specifications and in accordance with the test plan. Test Approach/Test Architecture are the acronyms for Test Strategy. and facilitates communication of the test process and its implications outside of the test discipline. the test strategy. and in support of. Test specifications – required for all levels of testing and covering all categories of test.Handout – Software Testing Chapter 6: Testing Artifacts Learning Objective After completing this chapter.

The time necessary for testing and commissioning will vary from project to project depending upon the complexity of the systems and services that have been installed. The Project Sponsor should ensure that the professional team and the contractor consider realistically how much time is needed. Testing and commissioning is often considered by teams as a secondary activity and given a lower priority particularly as pressure builds on the program towards completion. e. Risks requiring contingency measures? Are test processes and practices reviewed regularly to assure that the testing processes continue to meet specific business needs? For example. Fitness for purpose checklist: Is there a documented testing strategy that defines the objectives of all test stages and the techniques that may apply. It is possible to gain greater control of this process and the associated risk through the use of specialists such as Systems Integration who can be appointed as part of the professional team.g. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Page 71 ©Copyright 2007. Sufficient time must be dedicated to testing and commissioning as ensuring the systems function correctly is fairly fundamental to the project’s success or failure. Reporting requirements. Product assurance may oversee some of the test activity and may participate in process reviews.Handout – Software Testing Product assurance – the decision to negotiate the acceptance testing program and the release and commissioning of the service product is subject to the ‘product assurance’ role being satisfied with the outcome of the verification activities. Evaluation criteria. Traditionally the responsibility for testing and commissioning is buried deep within the supply chain as a sub-contract of a subcontract. A common criticism of construction programmers is that insufficient time is frequently allocated to the testing and commissioning of the building systems together with the involvement and subsequent training of the Facilities Management team. Resource and facility requirements. stress and security etc? Does the test plan prescribe the approach to be taken for intended test activities. e-commerce testing may involve new user interfaces and a business focus on usability may mean that the organization must review its testing strategies. Test schedules. identifying: The items to be tested. non-functional testing and the associated techniques such as performance. The testing to be performed. Cognizant Technology Solutions.

Test for sensitivity to user Error. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected Based on the Key Potential Risks o o o o o o o o o o o o Determination of Actual Risk. Create complex scenarios and compare them. Capability test each major function. Review Documentation and Help. Test Strategy – Selection Selection of the Test Strategy is based on the following factors Product o Test Strategy based on the Application to help people and teams of people in making decisions. Scenarios may be corrupted. Understand the underlying Algorithm. Suggestion of Wrong Ideas. Page 72 ©Copyright 2007. Unable to handle Complex Decisions. Simulate the Algorithm in parallel. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Generate large number of decision scenarios.Handout – Software Testing Test Strategy Flow: Test Cases and Test Procedures should manifest Test Strategy. People will use the Product Incorrectly Incorrect comparison of scenarios. .

General Testing Strategies Top-down Bottom-up Thread testing Stress testing Back-to-back testing Need for Test Strategy The objective of testing is to reduce the risks inherent in computer systems. and the design of the user interface and functionality for its sensitivity to user error. The strategy must address the risks and present a process that can reduce those risks. Test the product for the risk of silent failures or corruptions in decision analysis. The two components of the testing strategy are the Test Factors and the Test Phase. Page 73 ©Copyright 2007. Review the Documentation. Cognizant Technology Solutions. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Test with decision scenarios that are near the limit of complexity allowed by the product Compare complex scenarios. Issues in Execution of the Test Strategy The difficulty of understanding and simulating the decision algorithm The risk of coincidal failure of both the simulation and the product. Create a means to generate and apply large numbers of decision scenarios to the product. This will be done using the GUI test Automation system or through the direct generation of Decide Right scenario files that would be loaded into the product during test. The difficulty of automating decision tests.Handout – Software Testing Test Strategy Execution: Understand the decision Algorithm and generate the parallel decision analyzer using the Perl or Excel that will function as a reference for high volume testing of the app. The system concerns on risks then establish the objectives for the test process.

Place risks in the Matrix Page 74 ©Copyright 2007. Developing a Test Strategy The test Strategy will need to be customized for any specific software system. Select and rank Test Factors Identify the System Developmental Phases Identify the Business risks associated with the System under Development. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected .Handout – Software Testing Test Factor – The risk or issue that needs to be addressed as part of the test strategy. The strategy will select those factors that need to be addressed in the testing of a specific application system. Not all the test factors will be applicable to all software systems. Four test steps must be followed to develop a customized test strategy. Test Phase – The Phase of the systems development life cycle in which testing will occur. For example the test phases in as traditional waterfall life cycle methodology will be much different from the phases in a Rapid Application Development methodology. The development team will need to select and rank the test factors for the specific software systems being developed. The test phase will vary based on the testing methodology used. The applicable test factors would be listed as the phases in which the testing must occur. Cognizant Technology Solutions.

the features to be tested. The completed document will help people outside the test group understand the 'why' and 'how' of product validation. resources and schedule of intended test activities. Cognizant Technology Solutions. and any risks requiring contingency planning. approach. It should be thorough enough to be useful but not so thorough that no one outside the test group will read it. who will do each task. responsibilities. It is in this respect that reviews and a sign-off are very important since it means that everyone is in agreement of the contents of the test plan and this also helps in case of any dispute during the course of the project (especially between the developers and the testers). The system accordingly focuses on risks thereby establishes the objectives for the test process.Handout – Software Testing Conclusion: Test Strategy should be developed in accordance with the business risks associated with the software when the test team develop the test tactics. The main purpose of preparing a Test Plan is that everyone concerned with the project are in sync with regards to the scope. the testing tasks. Thus the Test team needs to acquire and study the test strategy that should question the following: What is the relationship of importance among the test factors? Which of the high level risks are the most significant? What damage can be done to the business if the software fails to perform correctly? What damage can be done to the business if the business if the software is not completed on time? Who are the individuals most knowledgeable in understanding the impact of the identified business risks? Hence the Test Strategy must address the risks and present a process that can reduce those risks. deadlines and deliverables for the project. Contents of a Test Plan Purpose Scope Test Approach Entry Criteria Resources Tasks / Responsibilities Exit Criteria Schedules / Milestones Page 75 ©Copyright 2007. Test Plan A Test Plan can be defined as a document that describes the scope. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Purpose of preparing a Test Plan A Test Plan is a useful way to think through the efforts needed to validate the acceptability of a software product. It identifies test items.

Tasks / Responsibilities This section talks about the tasks to be performed and the responsibilities assigned to the various members in the project. Page 76 ©Copyright 2007.) prerequisites.Handout – Software Testing Hardware / Software Requirements Risks & Mitigation Plans Tools to be used Deliverables References Procedures Templates Standards/Guidelines Annexure Sign-Off Contents (in detail) Purpose This section should contain the purpose of preparing the test plan Scope This section should talk about the areas of the application which are to be tested by the QA team and specify those areas which are definitely out of scope (screens. For example: Timely environment set up. Test Approach This would contain details on how the testing is to be performed and whether any specific strategy is to be followed (including configuration management). Exit criteria Contains tasks like bringing down the system / server. Resources This section should list out the people who would be involved in the project and their designation etc. Schedules / Milestones This sections deals with the final delivery date and the various milestone dates to be met in the course of the project. mainframe processes etc). successful implementation of the latest build etc. Cognizant Technology Solutions. database refresh etc. database. starting the web server / app server.e. Entry Criteria This section explains the various steps to be performed before the start of a test (i. restoring system to pre-test environment. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected .

Good test data can be structured to improve understanding and testability. These could include Test Plans. Test Director.Handout – Software Testing Hardware / Software Requirements This section would contain the details of PC’s / servers required (with the configuration) to install the application or perform the testing. Deliverables This section contains the various deliverables that are due to the client at various points of time (i. Test Matrices.) daily. Risks & Mitigation Plans This section should list out all the possible risks that can arise during the testing and the mitigation plans that the QA team plans to implement incase the risk actually turns into a reality. the persons involved in the testing Page 77 ©Copyright 2007. start of the project. connectivity related issues etc. Templates for all these could also be attached. and good data can help improve functional testing. It is recommended that a full test environment be set up for use in the applicable circumstances.g. Status Reports. Test Scripts etc.g. the simulated conditions used. Test Data Preparation . Cognizant Technology Solutions. ADD.) WinRunner. Functional testing can suffer if data is poor. be prepared which is representative of normal business transactions. correctly chosen. weekly.) templates used for reports. WinSQL.e. Its contents. can reduce maintenance effort and allow flexibility.g. end of the project etc. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Each separate test should be given a unique reference number which will identify the Business Process being recorded.) QView Project related documents (RSD. Preparation of the data can help to focus the business where requirements are vague. FSD etc) Annexure This could contain embedded documents or links to documents which have been / will be used in the course of testing (e.Introduction A System is programmed by its data. Actual customer names or contact details should also not be used for such tests. References Procedures Templates (Client Specific or otherwise) Standards / Guidelines (e. Test Procedure. test cases etc. specific software that needs to be installed on the systems to get the application running or to connect to the database. Sign-Off This should contain the mutual agreement between the client and the QA team with both leads / managers signing off their agreement on the Test Plan. Referenced documents can also be attached here. The first stage of any recogniser development project is data preparation. Test data should however. Tools to be used This would list out the testing tools or utilities (if any) that are to be used in the project (e. PCOM.

and will show that testing can be improved by a careful choice of input data. Testing is the process of creating. such as operational profiles. A business may look to an application's configurability to allow them to keep up with the market without being slowed by the development process. if you're testing a specific functionality. you should design test cases. performing a specific set of tests at appropriate points in the process is more important than running the tests at a specific time. The paper will not consider areas where data is important to non-functional testing. Data is manipulated. extrapolated. you must know how it's supposed to work.Handout – Software Testing process and the date the test was carried out. what steps are required. A system can be configured to fit several business models. the paper will concentrate most on data-heavy applications. an individual may look for a personalized experience from commonly-available software. the more formal a plan the better. massive datasets and environmental tuning. is the medium through which the tester influences the software. Data is a crucial part of most functional testing. Tests must be planned and thought out a head of time. In doing this. is close enough good enough? You should have a good idea of a methodology for the test. etc. Cognizant Technology Solutions. presentation and user interface. Roles of Data in Functional Testing Testing consumes and produces large amounts of data. Configuration data can dictate control flow. You must have a consistent schedule for testing. summarized and referenced by the functionality under test. data manipulation. The paper will focus on input data. work (almost) seamlessly with a variety of cooperative systems and provide tailored experiences to a host of different users. forms the input. you have to decide such things as what exactly you are testing and testing for. This paper sets out to illustrate some of the ways that data can influence the test process. implementing and evaluating tests. You should have a definition of what success and failure are. which finally spews forth yet more data to be checked against expectations. You must understand the limits inherent in the tests themselves. as input data has the greatest influence on functional testing and is the simplest to manipulate. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . rather than output data or the transitional states the data passes through during processing. etc. Effective quality control testing requires some basic goals and understanding: You must understand what you are testing. Page 78 ©Copyright 2007. A System Is Programmed By Its Data Many modern systems allow tremendous flexibility in the way their basic functionality can be used. This will enable the monitoring and testing reports to be co-coordinated with any feedback received. those which use databases or are heavily influenced by the data they hold. Data describes the initial conditions for a test. how the protocols behave. In other words. the way the test is going to be run and applied.

Identify Who is to Conduct the Tests In order to ensure consistency of the testing process throughout the organization. Good data allows diagnosis. Without this. the tests should be independently monitored. and allows tests to be repeated with confidence. Identify Who is to Control and Monitor the Tests In order to ensure consistency when measuring the results. They may obscure problems or avoid them altogether. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . it is hard to communicate problems to coders. A formal test plan is a document that provides and records important information about a test project. and it can become difficult to have confidence in the QA team's results. a nominated testing and across the organization. effective reporting. Poor data tends to result in poor tests. Good Data Is Vital To Reliable Test Results An important goal of functional testing is to allow the test to be repeated with the same result. for example: Project and quality assumptions Project background information Resources Schedule & timeline Entry and exit criteria Test milestones Tests to be performed Use cases and/or test cases Criteria for Test Data Collection This section of the Document specifies the description of the test data needed to test recovery of each business process. Good data can greatly assist in speedy diagnosis and rapid re-testing. It should also list the duties of the appointed co-ordinators. Good Data Can Help Testing Stay On Schedule An easily comprehensible and well-understood dataset is a tool to help communication. This task would normally be carried out by a nominated member of the Business Recovery Team or a member of the Business Continuity Planning Team. Each business process should be thoroughly tested and the coordinator should ensure that each business unit observes the necessary rules associated with ensuring that the testing process is carried out within a realistic environment.Handout – Software Testing Functional Testing Suffers If Data Is Poor Tests with poor data may not describe the business model effectively. Cognizant Technology Solutions. they may be hard to maintain. and varied to allow diagnosis. whether they are good or bad. while an elegantly-chosen dataset can often allow new tests without the overhead of new data. This section of the BCP should contain the names of the BCP Team members nominated to coordinate the testing process. Page 79 ©Copyright 2007. or require lengthy and difficult setup. that take longer to execute. one or more members of the Business Continuity Planning (BCP) Team should be nominated to co-ordinate the testing process within each business unit. Regression testing and automated test maintenance can be made speedier and easier by using good data.

Conducting the Tests The tests must be carried out under authentic conditions and all participants must take the process seriously. it is necessary for the core testing team to be trained in the emergency procedures. This will enable observations and comments to be recorded whilst the event is still fresh in the persons mind. The forms should be completed either during the tests (to record a specific issue) or as soon after finishing as practical. It is inevitable that these back up and recovery processes will involve additional costs. It should be mandatory for the management of a business unit to be present when that unit is involved with conducting the tests. This is probably best handled in a workshop environment and should be presented by the persons responsible for developing the emergency procedures. It is important that clear instructions are given to the Core Testing Team regarding the simulated conditions which have to be observed. may require particularly expensive back up strategies to be implemented. This section of the BCP will contain a list of the testing phase activities and a cost for each. Page 80 ©Copyright 2007. This section of the BCP should contain a template for a Feedback Questionnaire. Training Core Testing Team for each Business Unit In order for the testing process to proceed smoothly. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Completion of feedback forms should be mandatory for all persons participating in the testing process. This feedback will hopefully enable weaknesses within the Business Recovery Process to be identified and eliminated. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected .Handout – Software Testing This section of the BCP will contain the names of the persons nominated to monitor the testing process throughout the organization. Prepare Feedback Questionnaires It is vital to receive feedback from the persons managing and participating in each of the tests. It should be noted whenever part of the costs is already incorporated with the organization’s overall budgeting process. The 'Preparing for a Possible Emergency' Phase of the BCP process will involve the identification and implementation of strategies for back up and recovery of data files or a part of a business process. Where the costs are significant they should be approved separately with a specific detailed budget for the establishment costs and the ongoing maintenance costs. This section of the BCP should contain a list of the core testing team for each of the business units who will be responsible for coordinating and undertaking the Business Recovery Testing process. It is important that all persons who are likely to be involved with recovering a particular business process in the event of an emergency should participate in the testing process. It will also contain a list of the duties to be undertaken by the monitoring staff. Prepare Budget for Testing Phase Each phase of the BCP process which incurs a cost requires that a budget be prepared and approved. Critical parts of the business process such as the IT systems.

This activity will usually be handled by the HRM Department or Division. each critical part of the business recovery process should be fully tested. Every part of the procedures included as part of the recovery process is to be tested to ensure validity and relevance. adequate or requiring further testing. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Training Staff in the Business Recovery Process All staff should be trained in the business recovery process. This training may be integrated with the training phase or handled separately.if not. Test Accuracy of Employee and Vendor Emergency Contact Numbers During the testing process the accuracy of employee and vendor emergency contact information is to be re-confirmed. This is particularly important for management and key employees who are critical to the success of the recovery process. a large numberof persons are to be contacted. Training may be delivered either using in-house resources or external resources depending upon available skills and related costs. Page 81 ©Copyright 2007. This section of the BCP is to contain a list of each business process with a test schedule and information on the simulated conditions being used. provide further comment Did the tests proceed without any problems . a hierarchical process could be used whereby one person contacts five others. provide further comment Was test data representative . This will enable alternative contact routes to be used. All contact numbers are to be validated for all involved employees. provides further comment Were simulated conditions reasonably "authentic" . Cognizant Technology Solutions. The training should be assessed to verify that it has achieved its objectives and is relevant for the procedures involved. The testing co-ordination and monitoring will endeavor to ensure that the simulated environments are maintained throughout the testing process.Handout – Software Testing Test each part of the Business Recovery Process In so far as it is practical. This is particularly important when the procedures are significantly different from those pertaining to normal operations. in a realistic manner. provide further comment What were the main comments received in the feedback questionnaires Each test should be assessed as fully satisfactory.if not. Where. in the event of an emergency occurring outside of normal business hours. Assess Test Results Prepare a full assessment of the test results for each business process.if not. The training should be carefully planned and delivered on a structured basis. This process must have safety features incorporated to ensure that if one person is not contactable for any reason then this is notified to a nominated controller. The following questions may be appropriate: Were objectives of the Business Recovery Process and the testing process met .if not.

Develop Objectives and Scope of Training The objectives and scope of the BCP training activities are to be clearly stated within the plan. what specific training is required. This will enable the training to be consistent and organized in a manner where the results can be measured. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . It is necessary for all new or revised processes to be explained carefully to the staff. The BCP should contain a description of the objectives and scope of the training phase. This section of the BCP contains information on each of the training programmes with details of the training materials to be developed. For example it may be necessary to carry out some process manually if the IT system is down for any length of time. The scope of the training could be along the following lines: o "The training is to be carried out in a comprehensive and exhaustive manner so that staff become familiar with all aspects of the recovery process. The training will cover all aspects of the Business Recovery activities section of the BCP including IT systems recovery". as appropriate. Cognizant Technology Solutions. and the training fine tuned. an estimate of resources and an estimate of the completion date. however. who needs it and a budget prepared for the additional costs associated with this phase. Training Materials Development Schedule Once the training needs have been identified it is necessary to specify and develop suitable training materials. for smaller organizations the training may be better handled in a workshop style. Consideration should also be given to the development of a comprehensive corporate awareness program for communicating the procedures for the business recovery process. This can be a time consuming task and unless priorities are given to critical training programmes. The objectives for the training could be as follows : "To train all staff in the particular procedures to be followed during the business recovery process". it could delay the organization in reaching an adequate level of preparedness. Training Needs Assessment The plan must specify which person or group of persons requires which type of training. Prepare Training Schedule Once it has been agreed who requires training and the training materials have been prepared a detailed training schedule should be drawn up. These manual procedures must be fully understood by the persons who are required to carry them out. It will be necessary to identify the objective and scope for the training.Handout – Software Testing Managing the Training Process For the BCP training phase to be successful it has to be both well managed and structured. For larger organizations it may be practical to carry out the training in a classroom environment. Page 82 ©Copyright 2007. This section of the BCP will identify for each business process what type of training is required and which persons or group of persons need to be trained.

The key issues raised by the trainees should be noted and consideration given to whether the findings are critical to the process or not. However. training incurs additional costs and these should be approved by the appropriate authority within the organization. This section of the BCP contains a draft communication to be sent to each member of staff to advise them about their training schedule. the training costs will vary greatly. It should be noted whenever part of the costs is already incorporated with the organization’s overall budgeting process. Completion of feedback forms should be mandatory for all persons participating in the training process. Page 83 ©Copyright 2007. it is necessary to advise them about the training programmes they are scheduled to attend. or the training. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Communication to Staff Once the training is arranged to be delivered to the employees. This section of the BCP will contain a format for assessing the training feedback. This will enable observations and comments to be recorded whilst the event is still fresh in the persons mind. to be identified and eliminated. Assessing the Training The individual BCP training programmes and the overall BCP training process should be assessed to ensure its effectiveness and applicability. This information will be gathered from the trainers and also the trainees through the completion of feedback questionnaires. The communication should provide for feedback from the staff member where the training dates given are inconvenient. If there are a significant number of negative issues raised then consideration should be given to possible retraining once the training materials. Feedback Questionnaires Assess Feedback Feedback Questionnaires It is vital to receive feedback from the persons managing and participating in each of the training programmes. Prepare Budget for Training Phase Each phase of the BCP process which incurs a cost requires that a budget be prepared and approved. or the process. Identified weaknesses should be notified to the BCP Team Leader and the process strengthened accordingly. A separate communication should be sent to the managers of the business units advising them of the proposed training schedule to be attended by their staff. it has to be recognized that. however well justified. This section of the BCP should contain a template for a Feedback Questionnaire for the training phase. Depending upon the cross charging system employed by the organization. The forms should be completed either during the training (to record a specific issue) or as soon after finishing as practical. Each member of staff will be given information on their role and responsibilities applicable in the event of an emergency.Handout – Software Testing This section of the BCP contains the overview of the training schedule and the groups of persons receiving the training. have been improved. This feedback will enable weaknesses within the Business Recovery Process. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . This section of the BCP will contain a list of the training phase activities and a cost for each. Assess Feedback The completed questionnaires from the trainees plus the feedback from the trainers should be assessed.

and particularly within the last five. These changes are likely to continue and probably the only certainty is that the pace of change will continue to increase. It is important that the relevant BCP coordinator and the Business Recovery Team are kept fully informed regarding any approved changes to the plan. The BCP Team Leader will remain in overall control of the BCP but business unit heads will need to keep their own sections of the BCP up to date at all times. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . An assessment should be made on whether the change necessitates any re-training activities. Change Controls for Updating the Plan It is recommended that formal change controls are implemented to cover any changes required to the BCP. The increase in technological based processes over the past ten years.Handout – Software Testing Keeping the Plan Up-to-date Changes to most organizations occur all the time. Whenever changes are made or proposed to the BCP. Products and services change and also their method of delivery. Cognizant Technology Solutions. This is necessary due to the level of complexity contained within the BCP. The BCP Team Leader will notify the BCP Training Co-ordinator of all approved changes to the BCP in order that the training materials can be updated. This section of the BCP will contain a Change Request Form / Change Order to be used for all such changes to the BCP. This will involve the use of formalized change control procedures under the control of the BCP Team Leader. It is necessary for the BCP to keep pace with these changes in order for it to be of use in the event of a disruptive emergency. Responsibilities for Maintenance of Each Part of the Plan Each part of the plan will be allocated to a member of the BCP Team or a Senior Manager with the organization who will be charged with responsibility for updating and maintaining the plan. This section of the BCP contains a draft communication from the BCP Co-ordinator to affected business units and contains information about the changes which require testing or re-testing. Similarly. the BCP Testing Co-ordinator will be notified. A Change request Form / Change Order form is to be prepared and approved in respect of each proposed change to the BCP. Test All Changes to Plan The BCP Team will nominate one or more persons who will be responsible for co-ordinating all the testing processes and for ensuring that all changes to the plan are properly tested. have significantly increased the level of dependency upon the availability of systems and information for the business to function effectively. Page 84 ©Copyright 2007. The BCP Testing Co-ordinator will then be responsible for notifying all affected units and for arranging for any further testing activities. Whenever changes are made to the BCP they are to be fully tested and appropriate amendments should be made to the training materials. This chapter deals with updating the plan and the managed process which should be applied to this updating activity. Maintaining the BCP It is necessary for the BCP updating process to be properly structured and controlled. Advise Person Responsible for BCP Training A member of the BCP Team will be given responsibility for co-ordinating all training activities (BCP Training Co-ordinator). HRM Department will be responsible to ensure that all emergency contact numbers for staff are kept up to date.

Simpler to make test mistakes. Requirements problems can be hidden in inadequate data. It is important to consider inputs and outputs of a process for requirements modeling. Less time spent hunting bugs the more time spent doing unproductive testing or ineffective test maintenance. If not spotted at the time of generation. as the data is restored. Each of these groups has different data requirements. Reduced flexibility in test execution If datasets are large or hard to set up. testers stand a greater chance of missing important diagnostic features of a failure. but the original fault is undiagnosed and can carry on into live operation and perhaps future releases. testers and business.recognizing them early can allow their effects to be mitigated. or of a failure to recognize all the data that is influential on the system. Page 85 ©Copyright 2007. A proportion of all failures logged will be found. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Most projects experience these problems at some stage . An assessment should be made on whether the change necessitates any re-training activities. If the datasets are poorly constructed. the less time spent testing. The BCP Team Leader will notify the BCP Training Co-ordinator of all approved changes to the BCP in order that the training materials can be updated. Most reports make reference to the input data and the actual and expected results. This can be a symptom of an uncontrolled environment. Problems which can be caused by Poor Test Data Most testers are familiar with the problems that can be caused by poor data. Everybody makes mistakes. Furthermore. evidence of the fault is lost. Larger proportion of problems can be traced to poor data. Cognizant Technology Solutions. they can cause hard-to-diagnose failures that may be apparently unrelated to the original fault. it may not be time-effective to construct further data to support investigator tests. Poor data can make these reports hard to understand. Increased test maintenance cost If each test has its own data. Unreliable test results Running the same test twice produces inconsistent results. Inadequate data can lead to ambiguous or incomplete requirements. A failure to understand each others data can lead to ongoing confusion. some tests may be excluded from a test run. Degradation of test data over time Program faults can introduce inconsistency or corruption into a database. after further analysis. the cost increases further. Data can play a significant role in these failures. not to be faults at all. If that data is itself hard to understand or manipulate.Handout – Software Testing Advise Person Responsible for BCP Training A member of the BCP Team will be given responsibility for co-ordinating all training activities (BCP Training Co-ordinator). Poor data will cause more of these problems. The following list details the most common problems familiar to the author. Confusing or over-large datasets can make data selection mistakes more common. Restoring the data to a clean set gets rid of the symptom. the cost of test maintenance is correspondingly increased. Confusion between developers. Obscure results and bug reports without clearly comprehensible data. or indeed of missing the failure entirely. unrecognized database corruption.

many references are made to "The Data" or "Data Problems". actions. It includes communications addresses. Inability to spot data corruption caused by bugs. often don't reflect the way the system will be used in practice. For the purposes of testing. and may lend themselves to automated testing / sanity checks. A few datasets are easier to manage than many datasets. orders. a complex dataset will positively hinder diagnosis. Classification of Test Data Types In the process of testing a system. Page 86 ©Copyright 2007. they can influence and corrupt each others results as they change the data in the system. or tests. Environmental data Environmental data tells the system about its technical environment. Input data Input data is the information input by day-to-day system functions. and can be seen as part of the test conditions. it is useful to be able to classify the data according to the way it is used. business can offer new intangible products without developing new functionality .Handout – Software Testing Unwieldy volumes of data. setup data causes different functionality to apply to otherwise similar data. documents can all be input data. This can make portions of the application untestable for many testers simultaneously. where new billing products are supported and indeed created by additions to the setup data. it is useful to split the categorization once more. A readily understandable dataset can allow straightforward diagnosis. Cognizant Technology Solutions. With an effective approach to setup data. While this may arguably lead to broad testing for a variety of purposes. but can lead to database integrity problems and data corruption. it can be hard for the business or the end users to feel confidence in the test effort if they feel distanced from it. Typically. The following broad categories allow data to be handled and discussed more easily. Small datasets can be manipulated more easily than large datasets. If a large number of testers. Accounts. Poor database/environment integrity. It might include a cross reference between country and delivery cost or method. This can not only cause false results. directory trees and paths and environmental variables. Test requirements.as can be seen in the mobile phone industry. Setup data Setup data tells the system about the business rules. A few well-known datasets can be more easily be checked than a large number of complex datasets. products. Although it is perhaps simpler to discuss data in these terms. Business data not representatively tested. share the same dataset. The current date and time can be seen as environmental data. or methods of debt collection from different kinds of customers. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Fixed Input Data Fixed input data is available before the start of the test. particularly in configuration data.

generating tests so that all possible permutations of inputs are tested.Handout – Software Testing Consumable Input Data Consumable input data forms the test input It can also be helpful to qualify data after the system has started to use it. adhoc. or combinatorial testing addresses this problem by generating a set of tests that allow all possible pairs of combinations to be tested. this produces a far smaller set of tests than the brute-force approach for all permutations. Pair wise. reports and database updates. Typically. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . the way it is chosen and described. As such. It allows complete pairwise coverage. Typically held in internal system variables. as above. transmissions. easy to handle dataset . it does not directly influence the quality of the tests. reduces data maintenance time and can help improve the test process. A good approach increases data reliability. these criteria apply to many traditional database-based systems: Fixed input data consists of many rows Fields are independent You want to do many tests without loading / you do not load fixed input data for each test. this method of working with fixed input data can help greatly in testing the setup data. and so is comprehensive enough to allow a great many new. Finally. To sum up. and easy to manipulate dataset is capable of supporting many tests. Achieves good test coverage without having to construct massive datasets Page 87 ©Copyright 2007. the test data can contain all possible pairs of permutations in a far smaller set than that which contains all possible permutations. This allows a small. Fortunately. A subset of the output data is generally compared with the expected results at the end of test execution. Organizing the data A key part of any approach to data is the way the data is organized.which also allows a wide range of tests. but can also include test measurements. during processing of input data. Output Data Output data is all the data that a system outputs as a result of processing input data and events. permutation helps because: Permutation is familiar from test planning. and includes not only files. it is temporary and is lost at the end of processing. Jackson's Structured Programming methodology). This method is most appropriate when used. for non-trivial sets. Most are also familiar with the ways in which this generally vast set can be cut down. on fixed input data. Transitional data Transitional data is data that exists only within the program. rather than hinders it. Database changes will affect it. Cognizant Technology Solutions. The same techniques can be applied to test data. but its state can be inferred from actions that the system has taken. Transitional data is not seen outside the system (arguably. Good data assists testing. This small. but the data maintenance required will be greatly lessened by the small size of the dataset and the amount of reuse it allows. test handles and instrumentation make it output data). or diagnostic tests. It generally has a correspondence with the input data (cf. Permutations Most testers are familiar with the concept of permutation. It is most effective when the following conditions are satisfied. influenced by the uses that are planned for it.

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Can perform investigative testing without having to set up more data Reduces the impact of functional/database changes Can be used to test other data - particularly setup data Partitioning Partitions allow data access to be controlled, reducing uncontrolled changes in the data. Partitions can be used independently; data use in one area will have no effect on the results of tests in another. Data can be safely and effectively partitioned by machine / database / application instance, although this partitioning can introduce configuration management problems in software version, machine setup, environmental data and data load/reload. A useful and basic way to start with partitions is to set up, not a single environment for each test or tester, but to set up three shared by many users, so allowing different kinds of data use. These three have the following characteristics: Safe area o Used for enquiry tests, usability tests etc. o No test changes the data, so the area can be trusted. o Many testers can use simultaneously Change Area o o o Used for tests which update/change data. Data must be reset or reloaded after testing. Used by one test/tester at a time.

Scratch area o Used for investigative update tests and those which have unusual requirements. o Existing data cannot be trusted. o Used at tester's own risk! o Testing rarely has the luxury of completely separate environments for each test and each tester. Controlling data, and the access to data, in a system can be fraught. Many different stakeholders have different requirements of the data, but a common requirement is that of exclusive use. While the impact of this requirement should not be underestimated, a number of stakeholders may be able to work with the same environmental data, and to a lesser extent, setup data – and their work may not need to change the environmental or setup data. The test strategy can take advantage of this by disciplined use of text / value fields, allowing the use of 'soft' partitions. 'Soft' partitions allow the data to be split up conceptually, rather than physically. Although testers are able to interfere with each others tests, the team can be educated to avoid each others work. If, for instance, tester 1's tests may only use customers with Russian nationality and tester 2's tests only with French, the two sets of work can operate independently in the same dataset. A safe area could consist of London addresses, the change area Manchester addresses, and the scratch area Bristol addresses. Typically, values in free-text fields are used for soft partitioning.

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Data partitions help because: Allow controlled and reliable data, reducing data corruption / change problems Can reduce the need for exclusive access to environments/machines Clarity Permutation techniques may make data easier to grasp by making the datasets small and commonly used, but we can make our data clearer still by describing each row in its own free text fields, allowing testers to make a simple comparison between the free text (which is generally displayed on output), and actions based on fields which tend not to be directly displayed. Use of free text fields with some correspondence to the internals of the record allows output to be checked more easily. Testers often talk about items of data, referring to them by anthropomorphic personification – that is to say, they give them names. This allows shorthand, but also acts as jargon, excluding those who are not in the know. Setting this data, early on in testing, to have some meaningful value can be very useful, allowing testers to sense check input and output data, and choose appropriate input data for investigative tests. Reports, data extracts and sanity checks can also make use of these; sorting or selecting on a free text field that should have some correspondence with a functional field can help spot problems or eliminate unaffected data. Data is often used to communicate and illustrate problems to coders and to the business. However, there is generally no mandate for outside groups to understand the format or requirements of test data. Giving some meaning to the data that can be referred to directly can help with improving mutual understanding. Clarity helps because: Improves communication within and outside the team Reduces test errors caused by using the wrong data Allows another method way of doing sanity checks for corrupted or inconsistent data Helps when checking data after input Helps in selecting data for investigative tests Data Load and Data Maintenance An important consideration in preparing data for functional testing is the ways in which the data can be loaded into the system, and the possibility and ease of maintenance. Loading the data Data can be loaded into a test system in three general ways. Using the system you're trying to test o The data can be manually entered, or data entry can be automated by using a capture/replay tool.

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o This method can be very slow for large datasets. It uses the system's own validation and insertion methods, and can both be hampered by faults in the system, and help pinpoint them. If the system is working well, data integrity can be ensured by using this method, and internally assigned keys are likely to be effective and consistent. Data can be well-described in test scripts, or constructed and held in flat files. It may, however, be input in an ad-hoc way, which is unlikely to gain the advantages of good data listed above. Data load tools directly manipulate the system's underlying data structures. As they do not use the system's own validation, they can be the only way to get broken data into the system in a consistent fashion. As they do not use the system to load the data, they can provide a convenient workaround to known faults in the system's data load routines. However, they may come up against problems when generating internal keys, and can have problems with data integrity and parent/child relationships. Data loaded can have a range of origins. In some cases, all new data is created for testing. This data may be complete and well specified, but can be hard to generate. A common compromise is to use old data from an existing system, selected for testing, filtered for relevance and duplicates and migrated to the target data format. In some cases, particularly for minor system upgrades, the complete set of live data is loaded into the system, but stripped of personal details for privacy reasons. While this last method may seem complete, it has disadvantages in that the data may not fully support testing, and that the large volume of data may make test results hard to interpret.


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Not loaded at all o Some tests simply take whatever is in the system and try to test with it. This can be appropriate where a dataset is known and consistent, or has been set up by a prior round of testing. It can also be appropriate in environments where data cannot be reloaded, such as the live system. However, it can be symptomatic of an uncontrolled approach to data, and is not often desirable. o Environmental data tends to be manually loaded, either at installation or by manipulating environmental or configuration scripts. Large volumes of setup data can often be generated from existing datasets and loaded using a data load tool, while small volumes of setup data often have an associated system maintenance function and can be input using the system.Fixed input data may be generated or migrated and is loaded using any and all of themethods above, while consumable input data is typically listed in test scripts or generated as an input to automation tools. When data is loaded, it can append itself to existing data, overwrite existing data, or delete existing data first. Each is appropriate in different circumstances, and due consideration should be given to the consequences. Testing the Data A theme bought out at the start of this paper was 'A System is Programmed by its Data'. In order to test the system, one must also test the data it is configured with; the environmental and setup data. Environmental data is necessarily different between the test and live environment. Although testing can verify that the environmental variables are being read and used correctly, there is little point in testing their values on a system other than the target system. Environmental data is often checked
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and make its structure and content transparent Use the data to improve understanding throughout testing and the business Test setup data as you would test functionality Page 91 ©Copyright 2007. it is important to have a well-known set of fixed input data and consumable input data. The following points summarize the actions that can influence the quality of the data and the effectiveness of its usage: Plan the data for maintenance and flexibility Know your data. Effective testing of setup data is a necessary part of system testing. Aspects of all the elements above come into play. Common data problems can be avoided or reduced with preparation and automation. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . and the wide variety of possible methods will not be discussed further here. Does the planned/current setup data induce the functionality that the business requires? Will changes made to the setup data have the desired effect? Testing for these two questions only becomes possible when that data is controlled.Handout – Software Testing manually on the live system during implementation and rollout. Setup data can change often. throughout testing. Well-planned data can allow flexibility and help reduce the cost of test maintenance. Cognizant Technology Solutions. The advantages of testing the setup data include: Overall testing will be improved if the quality of the setup data improves Problems due to faults in the live setup data will be reduced The business can re-configure the software for new business needs with increased confidence Data-related failures in the live system can be assessed in the light of good data testing Conclusion Data can be influential on the quality of testing. The setup data should be organized to allow a good variety of scenarios to be considered The setup data needs to be able to be loaded and maintained easily and repeatable The business needs to become involved in the data so that their setup for live can be properly tested When testing the setup data. Testing done on the setup data needs to cover two questions. This allows the effects of changes made to the setup data to be assessed repeat ably and allows results to be compared. and good data can be used as a tool to enable and improve communication throughout the project. as the business environment changes – particularly if there is a long period between requirements gathering and live rollout.

questions almost arise. well supported. Carefully and completely documenting a test problem is the first step in correcting the problem. Criteria – Tells what should be. and the criteria. It is difficult to visualize any type of problem that is not in some way characterized by this deviation. The documenting of the deviation is describing the conditions. as they currently exist. and worded as clearly and precisely as possible. The following four attributes should be developed for all the test problems: Statement of condition –Tells what it is. Page 92 ©Copyright 2007. making up the statement of condition. which represents what the user desires. the I/S professional will need to ensure that the information is accurate. When one or more these attributes is missing. The statement of condition is uncovering and documenting the facts. no finding exists. The ‘What is”: can be called the statement of condition.Handout – Software Testing Test Logs . The statement of condition should document as many of the following attributes as appropriate of the problem. Cognizant Technology Solutions. When a deviation is identified between what is found to actually exist and what the user thinks is correct or proper . the first essential step toward development of a problem statement has occurred. These concepts are the first two and the most basic . Effect: Tells why the difference between what is and what should be is significant Cause: Tells the reasons for the deviation.Essentially the user compares” what is” with “what should be”. If a comparison between the two gives little or no practical consequence. The actual deviation will be the difference or gap between “what –is” and “ what is desired”. such as Criteria: Why is the current state inadequate? Effect: How significant is it? Cause: What could have cause of the problem? Factors defining the Test Log Generation Document Deviation: Problem statements begin to emerge by process of comparision. These two attributes are the basis for a finding.Introduction Test Problem is a condition that exists within the software system that needs to be addressed. attributes of a problem statement. as they exist. Identification of the cause is the necessary as a basis for corrective action. The “What should be” shall be called the “Criteria”. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . For those facts. A well developed problem statement will include each of these attributes. What is a fact? The statement of condition will of course depend on the nature and extent of the evidence or support that is examined and noted.

– The specific step-by –step activities that are utilized in producing the output from the identical activities.or documents that cause this activity to be executed. Cognizant Technology Solutions.The triggers. The Criterion is the user’s statement of what is desired. it could indicate the need to reduce the complaints or delays as well as desired processing turn around time. It can be stated in the either negative or positive terms.Handout – Software Testing Activities Involved:.events. Outputs /Deliverables – The products that are produced from the activity. Inputs .individuvals. For example the following Work paper provides the information for Test Log Documentation: Page 93 ©Copyright 2007. Deficiencies noted – The status of the results of executing this activity and any appropriate interpretation of those facts. and document the statement of condition and the statement of criteria. Work Paper to describe the problem. Users/Customers served –The organization .The specific business or administered activities that are being performed during Test Log generation are as follows: Procedures used to perform work. For example .or class users/customers serviced by this activity. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected .

Test Results Data This data will include.The hardware and Software environment in which the software system will operate. Test Suites. and Test Events These are the test products produced by the test team to perform testing. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected .Handout – Software Testing Collecting Status Data Four categories of data will be collected during testing. the validation of which becomes the Test Objective. These are explained in the following paragraphs.The smallest identifiable software components Platform.Identifiable Software components normally associated with the requirements of the software. Units. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Inspections – A verification of process deliverables against deliverable specifications. which will be based on software requirements.Validation that data/Objects can be correctly passed among Software components. Reviews: Verification that the process deliverables / phases are meeting the user’s true needs. This description includes but not limited to : Data the defect uncovered Name of the Defect Location of the Defect Page 94 ©Copyright 2007. Functions/Sub functions . Test factors -The factors incorporated in the plan. Defect This category includes a Description of the individual defects uncovered during the testing process. Interface Objectives . Test Transactions. Test transactions/events: The type of tests that will be conducted during the execution of tests. Business Objective –The validation that specific business objectives have been met.

and the software development team. when it was corrected.Handout – Software Testing Severity of the Defect Type of Defect How the defect was uncovered (Test Data/Test Script) The Test Logs should add to this information in the form of where the defect originated . the test that will be performed to determine the status of that component. Use of Function/Test matrix: This shows which tests must be performed in order to validate the functions and also used to determine the status of testing. Developing Test Status Reports Report Software Status Establish a Measurement Team Inventory Existing Project Measures Develop a Consistent Set of Project metrics Define Process Requirements Develop and Implement the Process Monitor the Process The Test process should produce a continuous series of reports that describe the status of testing. and the results of testing at any point of time. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . and when it was entered for retest. The frequency of the test reports should be based on the discretion of the team and extensiveness of the test process. The intersection can be coded with a number or symbol to indicate the following: 1=Test is needed. It is also suggested that the database be put in online through client/server systems so that with a vested interest in the status of the project can be readily accessed for the status update. test managers. Many organizations use spreadsheet package to maintain test results. Storing Data Collected during Testing It is recommended that a database be established in which to store the results collected during testing. but not performed 2=Test currently being performed 3=Minor defect noted 4=Major defect noted 5=Test complete and function is defect free for the criteria included in this test Page 95 ©Copyright 2007. Cognizant Technology Solutions. The test reports are for use of testers. As described the most common test Report is a simple Spread sheet . which indicates the project component for which the status is requested.

composing and revising text. troff. order entry systems.Handout – Software Testing Methods of Test Reporting Reporting Tools . DocBook. organizing. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected .GNU Report Generator The GRG program reads record and field information from a dBase3+ file. From the LaTeX2e and DocBook output files you can in turn produce PDF. LaTeX2e. but plain ASCII text. Cognos is looking into what interest people have in the product to assess what their strategy should be with respect to the Linux ``market. A one-page summary report may be printed with either the Report Manager program or from the individual keyboard or keypad software at any time. Status Report Word Processing Tests or Keypad Tests Basic Skills Tests or Data Entry Tests Progress Graph Game Scores Test Report for each test Page 96 ©Copyright 2007.'' GRG . XML. Individual Reports include all of the following information. and graphic tools to prepare test reports. and more. email editors. PostScript. text. HTML or any other kind of ASCII based output format can be produced just as easily. Some Database test tools like Data Vision is a database reporting tool similar to Crystal Reports. Some query tools available for Linux based databases include: MySQL dbMetrix PgAccess Cognos Powerhouse This is not yet available for Linux. you can quickly scan through any number of these reports and see how each person's history compares. or tab. database. PostScript. This allows each person to use the normal functions of the computer keyboard that are common to all word processors. Cognizant Technology Solutions. From the Report Manager. however.or comma-separated text files. delimited ASCII text file or a SQL query to a RDBMS and produces a report listing. Reports can be viewed and printed from the application or output as HTML.Use of word processing. Word –Processing: One way of increasing the utility of computers and word processors for the teaching of writing may be to use software that will guide the processes of generating. The program was loosely designed to produce TeX/LaTeX formatted output. defect tracking. HTML. and data base management products.

test execution progress. run schedules. Testing Data used for metrics Testers are typically responsible for reporting their test status at regular intervals. business analysts and Client can participate and contribute to the testing process Traceability throughout the testing process Test Cases can be mapped to requirements providing adequate visibility over the test coverage of requirements Test Director links requirements to test cases and test cases to defects Manages Both Manual and Automated Testing Test Director can manage both manual and automated tests (Win Runner) Scheduling of automated tests can be effectively done using Test Director Test Report Standards . tester. which can be repeated throughout the application life cycle Provides Analysis and Decision Support Graphs and reports help analyze application readiness at any point in the testing process Requirements coverage.Handout – Software Testing Test Director: Facilitates consistent and repetitive testing process Central repository for all testing assets facilitates the adoption of a more consistent testing process. The following measurements generated during testing are applicable: o Total number of tests o Number of Tests executed to date o Number of tests executed successfully to date o Data concerning software defects include o Total number of defects corrected in each activity o Total number of defects entered in each activity. defect statistics can be used for production planning Provides Anytime. o Average CPU utilization o Average memory Utilization o Measured I/O transaction rate Page 97 ©Copyright 2007. developers.Ability to draw statistically valid conclusions from quantitative test results. o Average duration between defect detection and defect correction o Average effort to correct a defect o Total number of defects remaining at delivery o Software performance data us usually generated during system testing. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Cognizant Technology Solutions. once the software has been integrated and functional testing is complete. Anywhere access to Test Assets Using Test Director’s web interface. Statistical Analysis .Defining the components that should be included in a test report.

A good test plan will identify the interfaces and institute test conditions that will validate interfaces. could eliminate or minimize the occurrence of high frequency defects. Integration Test Report Integration testing tests the interfaces between individual projects. The test report can be a combination of electronic data and hard copy. to assess the potential consequences and initiate appropriate actions to minimize those consequences.Handout – Software Testing Test Reporting A final test report should be prepared at the conclusion of each test activity. This includes the following Individual Project Test Report Integration Test Report System Test Report Acceptance test Report These test reports are designed to document the results of testing as defined in the testplan. Page 98 ©Copyright 2007. Given is the Individual Project test report except that conditions tested are interfaces. they should prepare a report on their results. there is no reason to print that.9 . For example. The immediate purpose is to provide information to customers of the software system so that they can determine whether the system is ready for production . and if so. These defect prone components identify tasks/steps that if improved.Purpose of a Test Report: The test report has one immediate and three long term purposes. if the function matrix is maintained electronically. draws appropriate conclusions and present recommendations. as paper report will summarize the data. Knowing which functions have been correctly tested and which ones still contain defects can assist in taking corrective actions. The first of the three long term uses is for the project to trace problems in the event the application malfunctions in production. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Cognizant Technology Solutions. Individual Project Test Report These reports focus on the Individual projects(software system). The second long term purpose is to use the data to analyze the rework process for making changes to prevent the defects from occurring in the future.when different testers should test individual projects. The Third long term purpose is to show what was accomplished in case of an Y2K lawsuit.

time pressures. Page 99 ©Copyright 2007. The second objective is to ensure that software system can operate in the real world user environment. If these details are maintained Electronically . how was it to be tested. what was to be tested. if so the potential consequences and appropriate actions to minimize these consequences. changing business conditions.Handout – Software Testing System Test Reports A System Test plan standard that identified the objective of testing . The data can also be used to analyze the developmental process to make changes to prevent defects from occurring in the future. Acceptance Test Report There are two primary objectives of Acceptance testing Report: The first is to ensure that the system as implemented meets the real operating needs of the user/customer. The Acceptance Test Report should encompass these criteria’s for the User acceptance respectively. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Knowing which functions have been correctly tested and which ones still contain defects can assist in taking corrective actions. These defect prone components identify tasks/steps that if improved. could eliminate or minimize the occurrence of high frequency defects in future. not included in the report. and when tests should occur. One Long term objective is for the Project and the other is for the information technology function. The system test Report should present the results of executing the test plan. If the defined requirements are those true needs. testing should have accomplished this objective. which includes people skills and attitudes. The project can use the test report to trace problems in the event the application malfunction in production. then it need only be referenced . and so forth. Conclusion The Test Logs obtained from the execution of the test results and finally the test reports should be designed to accomplish the following objectives: Provide Information to the customer whether the system should be placed into production. Cognizant Technology Solutions.

Contents of a Test Report The contents of a test report are as follows: Executive Summary Overview Application Overview Testing Scope Test Details Test Approach Types of testing conducted Test Environment Tools Used Metrics Test Results Test Deliverables Recommendations Test Case A test case is a testing work product that automatically performs a single test on an executable work product..Handout – Software Testing Test Report A Test Report is a document that is prepared once the testing of a software product is complete and the delivery is to be made to the customer. Goals The goals of a test case is to automate or document the following: Perform a single test (e. Cause failures that uncover underlying defects so that they can be identified and removed. a single test of a use case path or class method). the type of failures to be elicited).g. the objectives of a single test case include: Document the purpose of the test case (i.. Page 100 ©Copyright 2007. This document would contain a summary of the entire project and would have to be presented in a way that any person who has not worked on the project would also get a good overview of the testing effort.e.. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Objectives To support these goals. Document the producer of the test case. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . use case path and class responsibilities) of the item under test. the part of the item under test being tested. Help improve the quality of the item under test.g. Help developers understand the behavior of the item under test. Help developers improve the quality of the specifications (e.

the test stimuli. and provide the necessary test data). changes in state and messages sent) to the test stimuli. and the collaborators of the item under test into their correct pretest states... The Integration Team for integration test cases. Report the results of the associated test. Benefits A test case provides the following benefits: Automates a single test.. Evaluator: Test Inspection Team Approvers: None. test oracle) Test reporting script Test finalization script Stakeholders Producers: o o o o o The Requirements Team for requirements model test cases. to place objects under test into the appropriate pre-test states) Test stimuli (e. Contents Test case objectives Test preparation (e. The Independent Test Team for system test cases. The Architecture Team for architecture model test cases. Maintainers: o The Requirements Team for requirements model test cases. Compare the actual responses (i. Observe how the item responds (e. thereby supporting regression testing.Handout – Software Testing Prepare the item under test for testing (i. Documents a single test in terms of objective. raise test exceptions). The SoftwareDevelopment Team for design model and unit test cases... etc.. Stimulate the item (e.e. Cognizant Technology Solutions. o The Software Development Team for design model and unit test cases.g. oracle.e. o The Architecture Team for architecture model test cases. Page 101 ©Copyright 2007. Documents test results Failure to produce test cases increases the probability that the item under test will contain defects that will make the application fail to meet its requirements. postconditions) to the expected responses to identify failures that imply the existence of defects in the item under test. values returned.. send it test messages.e. exceptions raised. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . place the item under test.g.g.g. Failure to automate test cases makes regression testing more expensive and less likely to occur. to send test messages or raise test exceptions) Expected behavior (i.

g. The Test Team for performing system testing. The relevant requirements. Model testing of the software architecture 2). The relevant test suite is started. The relevant team is staffed. The relevant item under test is started.Handout – Software Testing o o Users: o Tumultuous 1). Unit testing of the software architecture prototype The SoftwareDevelopment Team for 1). Inputs Work products: Project Test Plan System Requirements Specification System Architecture Document Software Architecture Document Javadoc including responsibilities Software components (e. or design are completed. assertions. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . method signatures. 4). o o Phases Initiation: Completed Construction: Completed Delivery: Completed Usage: Maintained Retirement: Archived Preconditions A test case typically can be started if the following preconditions hold: The relevant sections of the Project Test Plan are completed. architecture. Unit testing of the software components 3). The Integration Team for performing integration testing. Domain object model The Architecture Team for: 1). branching and looping logic) Stakeholders: None Page 102 ©Copyright 2007. The Integration Team for integration test cases. Model testing of the software design 2).. Use case model 2). The Independent Test Team for system test cases. Cognizant Technology Solutions.

Test Script Answers: 1) c 2) c Page 103 ©Copyright 2007. and system testing). Test Log d. Test your Understanding 1). model testing. A test reflects what tests need to be performed.g. Software. integration testing. and the test case developer can make mistakes. execution conditions and expected results. The oracle can be incorrect. Test Deliverables. A series of test data that is logically tested together is a. Test Result c. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Test Specification b. unit testing.) Features to test with priority/criticality. If the quality of the test cases is not at least as good as the quality of the item under test. Test cases need not document how to perform the test unless they are automated. test cases will be automated whenever practical. Test cases do not document the results of the tests. When performed manually. Test Case d. Guidelines A test case is constrained by the following conventions: Content and Format Standard Inspection Checklist SUMMARY A test plan contains description of testing objectives and Goals. which are documented in the associated test report. To support regression testing. The document that describes the expected output as well as inputs is a. test cases need to be evaluated for defects.. Test Plan c. Test Case b.Handout – Software Testing Guidelines Test cases will be used at all levels of testing (e. Test harness 2). A test case has set of test inputs. Network. then it will be difficult to know if the defect causing the failure is in the item under test or in the test case. Communication etc. Thus. Cognizant Technology Solutions. this information is documented in the associated test procedure. Test Strategy/Approach based on customer priorities. Test Environment (Hardware.

A software error is present when the program does not do what its end user expects it to do. Rigorous evaluation uses assumptions about the arrival or discovery rates of defects during the testing process.Handout – Software Testing Chapter 7: Defect Management Learning Objective After completing this chapter. A Defect is a product anomaly or flaw. tracking. Defects include such things as omissions and imperfections found during testing phases. The actual data about defect rates are then fit to the model. Such an evaluation estimates the current system reliability and predicts how the reliability will grow if testing and defect removal continue. Defect evaluation is based on methods that range from simple number count to rigorous statistical modeling. This evaluation is described as system reliability growth modelling. So in this context defects are identified as any failure to meet the system requirements. you will be able to: Describe defect lifecycle. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Defect Classification The severity of bugs will be classified as follows: Page 104 ©Copyright 2007. An evaluation of defects discovered during testing provides the best indication of software quality. Quality is the indication of how well the system meets the requirements. A deviation from expectation that is to be tracked and resolved is also termed a defect. Symptoms (flaws) of faults contained in software that is sufficiently mature for production will be considered as defects. and reporting What is a Defect? A mismatch in the application and its specification is a defect. Cognizant Technology Solutions.

Simple problems can have a simple report. Summarize what you think the problem is. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Page 105 ©Copyright 2007. how to get it and what needs to be changed. Cognizant Technology Solutions. the easier it will be for the developers to determine the problem and fix it. Supply a copy of all relevant reports and data including copies of the expected results. but the more complex the problem– the more information the developer is going to need. project and data used. When you are reporting a defect the more information you supply. For example: cosmetic errors may only require a brief description of the screen.Handout – Software Testing Defect Lifecycle Defect Reporting and Tracking The key to making a good report is providing the development staff with as much information as necessary to reproduce the bug. This can be broken down into 5 points: Give a brief description of the problem List the steps that are needed to reproduce the bug or problem Supply all relevant information such as version.

Go through the process again and see if there are any steps that can be removed.Handout – Software Testing However. The basic items in a report are as follows: Version: This is very important. an earlier version of the software and any formulas used) Documentation on what actually happened. When you report the steps they should be the clearest steps to recreating the bug. an error in processing will require a more detailed description. developers can trace what is happening. In most cases the product is not static. list them. The complexity of reproducing the bug. In most cases the more information/ correct information given the better. As a rule the detail of your report will increase based on The severity of the bug. Copies of any output should be included. they need to know which version to use when testing out the bug. don’t abbreviate and don’t assume anything. If you have to enter any data. Identify the individual items that are wrong. The level of the processing. such as: The name of the process and how to get to it. Cognizant Technology Solutions. one before the process and one after. follow them . if available. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . The report should explain exactly how to reproduce the problem and an explanation of exactly what the problem is. you should include two versions of the dataset. (Perceived results) An explanation of how the results differed. In either case. developers will have been working on it and if they’ve found a bug– it may already have been reported or even fixed. This includes spread sheets. They have to give developers something to work with so that they can successfully reproduce the problem. If the dataset from before the process is not included. Include all proper menu names. Anatomy of a bug report Bug reports need to do more than just describe the bug. you should include a dataset that exhibits the error. If there are parameters. such as a cosmetic error on a screen. (Expected results) The source of the expected results. developers will be forced to try and find the bug based on forensic evidence. Product: If you are developing more than one product– Identify the product in question. Data: Unless you are reporting something very simple. After you’ve finished writing down the steps. If you’re reporting a processing error. Steps: List the steps taken to recreate the bug. Page 106 ©Copyright 2007.make sure you’ve included everything you type and do to get to the problem. If specific data is involved. a copy of the data both before and after the process should be included. supply the exact data entered. With the data. Documentation on what was expected.

Try to weed out any extraneous information. Defect Tracking After a defect has been found. include a copy of the report with the problem areas highlighted. they will set to Dev Waiting. and the defect still exists. The Project Lead of the development team will review the defect and set it to one of the following statuses: o o o o o o Open – Accepts the bug and assigns it to a developer. include the version number and the dataset used) This information should be stored in a centralized location so that Developers and Testers have access to the information. it must be reported to development so that it can be fixed. Duplicate – The bug has already been reported. If the fixed defect satisfies the requirements/passes the test case. If the process is a report. but detail what is wrong. Remember report one problem at a time. supply documentation. The report should be written in clear concise steps. identify it and fix it. and the testing team does not agree with the development team it is set to document status. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Testers will need this information for later regression testing and verification. If you have a report to compare against. including the version number.Handout – Software Testing Description: Explain what is wrong . Cognizant Technology Solutions. include it and its source information (if it’s a printout from a previous version. Supporting documentation: If available. The Initial State of a defect will be ‘New’. the status is set to FIXED. After the development team has fixed the defect. the status is set to REOPENED. Document – Once it is set to any of the above statuses apart from Open. which means the defect is ready to re-test. don’t combine bugs in one report. Invalid Bug – The reported bug is not valid one as per the requirements/design As Designed – This is an intended functionality as per the requirements/design Deferred –This will be an enhancement. In order to work it must supply all necessary information to not only identify the problem but what is needed to fix it as well. which will follow the same cycle as an open defect. what data was used. It should include information about the product. Page 107 ©Copyright 2007. SUMMARY A bug report is a case against a product. Include what you expected. It is not enough to say that something is wrong. On re-testing the defect. The report must also say what the system should be doing. Once the development team has started working on the defect the status is set to WIP ((Work in Progress) or if the development team is waiting for a go ahead or some technical feedback. Include a list of what was expected. so that someone who has never seen the system can follow the steps and reproduce the problem. it is set to Closed. The developers need it to reproduce the bug.

All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Cognizant Technology Solutions. Finding the person who introduced the defect d.Handout – Software Testing Test your Understanding 1). Software problem that requires corrective action b. Preventing defects Answers: 1) a&b 2) c Page 108 ©Copyright 2007. Temporary problem that is not related to the software d. Tracking a defect to closure c. Defect is defined as a. Unexpected error/event that needs investigation c. Logging a defect b. All the above 2). The following is NOT a defect management activity a.

the need is greatly increased for testing methods that support business objectives. It is necessary to ensure that these systems are reliable. and time-consuming manual test procedures. Many internal and external factors are forcing organizations to ensure a high level of software quality and reliability. This required a large staff of test personnel to perform expensive. In the past. An automated test executes the next operation in the test hierarchy at machine speed. Using Testing Effectively By definition. Many automated testing tools can replicate the activity of a large number of users (and their associated transactions) using a single computer. you will be able to: Explain automated testing What is Automation? Automated testing is automating the manual testing process currently in use. Automation allows the tester to reduce or eliminate the required “think time” or “read time” necessary for the manual interpretation of when or where to click the mouse or press the enter key. Furthermore. Automation of testing processes allows machines to complete the tedious. testing is a repetitive activity. but several reasons are common across industries. Page 109 ©Copyright 2007.Handout – Software Testing Chapter 8: Automation Learning Objective After completing this chapter. and have the ability to support business processes. allowing tests to be completed many times faster than the fastest individual. Automation Benefits Today. repetitive work while human personnel perform other tasks. such as load/stress testing. built according to specification. Reducing Testing Costs The cost of performing manual testing is prohibitive when compared to automated methods. and with fewer errors than individuals. load/stress testing using automated methods require only a fraction of the computer hardware that would be necessary to complete a manual test. Owing to the size and complexity of today’s advanced software applications. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Imagine performing a load test on a typical distributed client/server application on which 50 concurrent users were planned. Every organization has unique reasons for automating software quality activities. are virtually impossible to perform manually. they remain repetitious throughout the development lifecycle. As more organizations develop mission-critical systems to support their business activities. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . rigorous application testing is a critical part of virtually all software development projects. The very nature of application software development dictates that no matter which methods are employed to carry out testing (manual or automated). most software tests were performed using manual methods. The reason is that computers can execute instructions many times faster. manual testing is no longer a viable option for most testing situations. Therefore. some types of testing.

standard or benchmark tests can be created and repeated on target platforms to ensure that new platforms operate consistently. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Greater Application Coverage The productivity gains delivered by automated testing allow and encourage organizations to test more often and more completely. the tester has a very high degree of control over which types of tests are being performed. automated tests can be built that extract variable data from external files or applications and then run a test using the data as an input value. and how the tests will be executed. Replicating Testing Across Different Platforms Automation allows the testing organization to perform consistent and repeatable tests. As another example. Most importantly. automated tests can be executed as many times as necessary without requiring a user to recreate a test script each time the test is run. Page 110 ©Copyright 2007. Repeatability and Control By using automated techniques. Using automated tests enforces consistent procedures that allow developers to evaluate the effect of various application modifications as well as the effect of various user actions. For example. the entire test operation could be created on a single machine having the ability to run and rerun the test as necessary. and a cadre of coordinators to relay instructions to the users would be required. 50 application users employing 50 PCs with associated software. at night or on weekends without having to assemble an army of end users. In some industries such as healthcare and pharmaceuticals. When applications need to be deployed across different hardware or software platforms. imagine the same application used by hundreds or thousands of users.Handout – Software Testing To do the testing manually. With an automated scenario. organizations are required to comply with strict quality regulations as well as being required to document their quality assurance efforts for all parts of their systems. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Greater application test coverage also reduces the risk of exposing users to malfunctioning or non-compliant software. It is easy to see why manual methods for load/stress testing is an expensive and logistical nightmare. an available network.

Cognizant Technology Solutions.In many situations. For example. but not all. High Path Frequency . it is also a prime candidate for automation. Page 111 ©Copyright 2007. invoicing and other high volume activities where software failures would occur frequently. types of tests can be automated. The following are examples of criteria that can be used to identify tests that are prime candidates for automation.Handout – Software Testing Automation Life Cycle Identifying Tests Requiring Automation . close a testing session and apply testing values. the company can face extreme disruptions in critical operations. This modular approach saves time and money when compared to creating a new end-to-end script for each and every test. Certain types of tests like user comprehension tests.Automated testing can be used to verify the performance of application paths that are used with a high degree of frequency when the software is running in full production. If the application fails.If a testing procedure can be reused many times. These automated modules can be used again and again without having to rebuild the test scripts.Most. software applications can literally define or control the core of a company’s business. Repetitive Testing . sales order entry and other core activities. Any application with a high-degree of risk associated with a failure is a good candidate for test automation. common outline files can be created to establish a testing session. and tests that require constant human intervention are usually not worth the investment to automate. Examples include: creating customer records. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Mission-critical processes are prime candidates for automated testing. production planning. tests that run only once. Examples include: financial month-end closings. Critical Business Processes .

It should also provide test results in an easy-tounderstand reporting format.Handout – Software Testing Applications with a Long Life Span . allowing users to evaluate application readiness based upon the application's ability to support the business requirements. provide organization for testing components. easy-to-understand language. GUI and Client/Server Testing A robust testing tool should support testing with a variety of user interfaces and create simple-to manage. Test Planning and Management A robust testing tool should have the capability to manage the testing process.If an application is planned to be in production for a long period of time. the testing tool itself should have a short learning curve. Testing Product Integration Testing tools should provide tightly integrated modules that support test component reusability. an automated test should be able to link business requirements to test results. A robust tool will allow users to integrate existing test results into an automated test plan. which should be addressed when selecting an application testing solution. and one which often poses enterprise-wide implications. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . a testing tool that requires programming skills is unusable by most organizations. Load and Performance Testing The selected testing solution should allow users to perform meaningful load and performance tests to accurately measure system performance. Test component reusability should be a cornerstone of the product architecture. Even if programmers are responsible for testing. Page 112 ©Copyright 2007. User training and experience gained in performing one testing task should be transferable to other testing tasks. and should automatically adjust for different load times and performance levels. With much of the testing responsibility shifting from the development staff to the departmental level. easy-to-modify tests. the greater the benefits are from automation. Finally. Test components built for performing functional tests should also support other types of testing including regression and load/stress testing. All products within the testing product environment should be based upon a common. Internet/Intranet Testing A good tool will have the ability to support testing within the scope of a web browser. Ease of Use Testing tools should be engineered to be usable by non-programmers and application endusers. The tests created for testing Internet or intranet-based applications should be portable across browsers. It should also allow users to include non-automated testing procedures within automated test plans and test results. What to Look For in a Testing Tool Choosing an automated software testing tool is an important step. the architecture of the testing tool environment should be open to support interaction with other technologies such as defect or bug tracking packages. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Here are several key issues. and create meaningful end-user and management reports. Also.

you are ready to re-execute tests or prepare for a different set of tests. locate and configure test-related hardware and software products and coordinate the human resources required to complete all testing. The time invested in detailed planning significantly improves the benefits resulting from test automation.Identify any support needed from other parts of your organization. outline those procedures needed to restore the test environment to its original state. The definition of these tasks. A good testing plan should be reviewed and approved by the test team.Outline the procedures necessary to install the application software to be tested. Evaluating Business Requirements Begin the automated testing process by defining exactly what tasks your application software should accomplish in terms of the actual business activities of the end-user. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Operational Support . or business requirements. Creating a Test Plan For the greatest return on automated testing. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected .Handout – Software Testing Test Environment Setup Once the test cases have been created. The test environment includes initial set up and description of the environment. and the procedures needed for installation and restoration of the environment. To guarantee the best possible result from an automated testing program. These business requirements should be defined in such a way as to make it abundantly clear that the software system correctly (or incorrectly) performs the necessary business functions. Make sure that other groups that might share these resources are informed of this schedule. all user groups and the Page 113 ©Copyright 2007. functional requirements of the software system in question. the test environment can be prepared. Test Schedule . By doing this. Description .Finally.Document the technical environment needed to execute the tests. defines the high-level. Installation Procedures . Restoration Procedures . For example. Inputs to the Test Environment Preparation Process Technical Environment Descriptions Approved Test Plan Test Execution Schedules Resource Allocation Schedule Application Software to be installed Test Planning Careful planning is the key to any successful process. This plan is very much a “living document” that should evolve as the application functions become more clearly defined.Identify the times during which your testing facilities will be used for a given test. those evaluating test automation should consider these fundamental planning steps. This enables the testing team to define the tests. a testing plan should be created at the same time the software application requirements are defined. a business requirement for a payroll application might be to calculate a salary. The test environment is defined as the complete set of steps necessary to execute the test as described in the test plan. the software development team. or to print a salary check.

Test Design and Development After the test components have been defined. the procedures for applying those inputs.This section of the test case identifies the values to be supplied to the application as input including. Application Implementation Schedules . Test Case Prerequisites . A test case identifies the specific input values that will be sent to the application.Identify set up or testing criteria that must be established before a test can be successfully executed.What is the application intended to do? These should be stated in the terms of the business requirements of the end users. so that the results of these test elements can be traced and analyzed. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . run orders and dependencies that might exist between test cases. Test Procedures – Identify the application steps necessary to complete the test case. and the expected application values for the procedure being tested. Page 114 ©Copyright 2007.What critical actions must the application accomplish before it can be deployed? This information forms the basis for making informed decisions on whether or not the application is ready to deploy. Cognizant Technology Solutions.When is the scheduled release? When are updates or enhancements planned? Are there any specific events or actions that are dependent upon the application? Acceptance Criteria for implementation . Expected Results . the action to be completed. Test Case Execution Order . if necessary. These expected results will be used to measure the acceptance criteria. Input Values .Document all screen identifier(s) and expected value(s) that must be verified as part of the test.Take note of the sources for extracting test data if it is not included in the test case. A proper test case will include the following key components: Test Case Name(s) . Test Data Sources . the standardized test cases can be created that will be used to test the application.Handout – Software Testing organization’s management. The type and number of test cases needed will be dictated by the testing plan. Inputs to the Test Planning Process Application Requirements . and therefore the ultimate success of the test.Each test case must have a unique name.Specify any relationships. The following items detail the input and output components of the test planning process.

Cognizant Technology Solutions. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . This step applies the test cases identified by the test plan. test execution and restoration Executing the Test The test is now ready to be run. test execution environment Standardized Test Logging Procedures Outputs from the Test Execution Process Test Execution Log(s) Restored test environment Page 115 ©Copyright 2007.Activities within the test execution are logged and analyzed as follows: Actual Results achieved during test execution are compared to expected application behavior from the test cases Test Case completion status (Pass/Fail) Actual results of the behavior of the technical test environment Deviations taken from the test plan or test process Inputs to the Test Execution Process Approved Test Plan Documented Test Cases Stabilized. documents the results.Handout – Software Testing Inputs to the Test Design and Construction Process Test Case Documentation Standards Test Case Naming Standards Approved Test Plan Business Process Documentation Business Process Flow Test Data sources Outputs from the Test Design and Construction Process Revised Test Plan Test Procedures for each Test Case Test Case(s) for each application function described in the test plan Procedures for test set up. Specific performance measurements of the test execution phase include: Application of Test Cases – The test cases previously created are applied to the target software application as described in the testing environment Documentation . and validates those results against expected performance. repeatable.

The first and most important step in the process is acquiring a tool that is suitable for your application. For example. and a separate test execution cycle may be required for the stress/volume testing of the same application. The problems experienced in test execution are usually attributed to not properly performing steps from earlier in the process. Application Defects .Handout – Software Testing The test execution phase of your software test process will control how the test gets applied to the application. Additionally. and the completion status. test automation can offer a dramatic increase in productivity. Phase II: Tool Implementation Preparation Execution Page 116 ©Copyright 2007. A complete and thorough test plan will identify this need and many of the test cases can be used for both test cycles. a test execution may be required for the functional testing of an application. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . provide an objective selection of the best tool(s). An automation assessment allows us to evaluate your tool needs. This step of the process can range from very chaotic to very simple and schedule driven. Specific elements to be measured and analyzed include: Test Execution Log Review . and install and configure the tool(s) for your application and environment. Other Phases in Automation Phase I: Tool Acquisition Assessment Evaluation/Selection Installation With the right tool. for example: ready for release. needs more testing.This step identifies the overall status of the application after testing. Test Execution Statistics . including application processes that need to be analyzed further. and test team. etc.The Log Review compiles a listing of the activities of all test cases. Determine Application Status . Measuring the Results This step evaluates the results of the test as compared to the acceptance criteria set down in the test plan. The secret to a controlled test execution is comprehensive planning. operating environment. you may inadvertently cause problems for subsequent testing.This summary identifies the total number of tests that were executed. Without an adequate test plan in place to control your entire test process. Cognizant Technology Solutions. the type of test. noting those that passed. there may be several test execution cycles necessary to complete all the necessary types of testing required for your application. failed or were not executed.This final and very important report identifies potential defects in the software.

Page 117 ©Copyright 2007. This sometimes reduces the effort over the completely manual approach. The short-comings of Capture/Playback are that in many cases. if the system functionality changes. however overall savings is usually minimal. and execute the tests. Data Driven Approach Data driven approach is a test that plays back the same user actions but with varying input values.Handout – Software Testing Selecting the right test tool is only the beginning of a successful test automation effort. This process will result in a robust. Cognizant Technology Solutions. we will prepare the test environment. The benefit of this approach is that the captured session can be re-run at some later point in time to ensure that the system performs the required behavior. playback options. Test Script execution: In this phase we execute the scripts that are already created. Scripts need to be reviewed and validated for results and accepted as functioning as expected before they are used live. During the implementation phase. the capture/playback session will need to be completely re-run to capture the new sequence of user interactions. Steps to be followed before execution of scripts: Test tool to be installed in the machine. Tools like Winrunner provide a scripting language. it takes time to define. The benefit of this approach is that the time consumed is less and accurate than manually testing it. necessary data table or data pool updation needs to be taken care. As with any tool. This is applicable when large volume and different sets of data need to be fed to the application and tested for correctness. This allows one script to test multiple sets of positive data. design. Although test automation tools can save time through unattended execution. it is how you use it that counts. develop the automated scripts. design the test cases. and it is possible for engineers to edit and maintain such scripts. reusable automated test environment. Select the script that needs to be executed and run it… Wait until execution is done. Automation Methods Capture/Playback Approach The Capture/Playback tools capture the sequence of manual operations in a test script that are entered by the test engineer. Prerequisite for running the scripts such as tool settings. and automate tests. Testing can be done with both positive and negative approach simultaneously. Analysis the results via Test manager or in the logs. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . These sequences are played back during the test execution. Test environment /application to be tested to be installed in the machine.

Each category in the matrix is given a rating of 1 – 5. which in turn will dictate how automation will be invoked to support the process. performance testing and analysis. The following tool vendors evaluated are Compuware. and vendor qualification. Empirix/RSW. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . In general a set of criteria can be built up by using this matrix and an indicative score obtained to help in the evaluation process. 2 = Good support but lacking or another tool provides more effective support. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Rational. 5 = No support. This appendix evaluates major tool vendors on their test tool characteristics. Mercury. test execution capability. The best tool for any particular situation depends on the system engineering environment that applies and the testing methodology that will be used. tool integration capability.Handout – Software Testing Test script execution process: Automation tool comparison Anyone who has contemplated the implementation of an automated test tool has quickly realized the wide variety of options on the market in terms of both the kinds of test tools being offered and the number of vendors. Functional Test Tool Matrix The Tool Matrix is provided for quick and easy reference to the capabilities of the test tools. Usually the lower the score the better but this is subjective and is based on the experience of the author and the test professionals opinions used to create this document. Page 118 ©Copyright 2007. 3 = Basic/ support only. 4 = This is only supported by use of an API call or third party add-in but not included in the general test tool/below average. and Segue. test reporting capability. 1 = Excellent support for this functionality.

A person may be connecting from the USA or Africa. a cursor. Are there facilities that will allow me to programmatically look for objects of a certain type on a web page or locate a specific object? Can I extract data from the web page itself? E. and the screen resolution on their computer will be different. connect using MAC. So the cost to set up a test environment is usually greater than for a client server test where the environment is fairly well defined. databases. checking what is in the backend database usually verifies the proper validation of tests carried out on the front end of an application. etc. Web site maps and links. the title? A hidden form element? With Client server testing the target customer is usually well defined you know what network operating system you will be using. When automating. the applications and so on but on the web it is far different. Linux or Windows. Eventually record and playback becomes less and less part of the automation process as it is usually more robust to use the built-in functions to directly test objects. In judging the rating for this category I looked at the tools native support for HTML tables. Oracle. Web testing can be riddled with problems if various considerations are not taken into account. However this should be done as a minimum in the evaluation process because if the tool of choice cannot recognize the applications objects then the automation process will be a very tedious experience. Record and Playback This category details how easy it is to record & playback a test. As such. As such the test tool should provide good web based test functionality in addition to its client/server functions. DB2. does it contain data.g. Because of the many databases available e. various platforms for browsers. Database Tests Most applications will provide the facility to preserve data outside of itself. etc. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . They will record a simple script. Informix. etc changes) fail? How easy is it to read the recorded script. Here are a few examples Are there functions to tell me when the page has finished loading? Can I tell the test tool to wait until an image appears? Can I test whether links are valid or not? Can I test web based objects functions like is it enabled. Cognizant Technology Solutions. DOM. frames. this is the first thing that most test professionals will do. ODBC and how they hold returned data e. This is usually achieved by holding the data in a Database. etc all of them support a universal query language known as SQL and a protocol for communicating with these databases called ODBC (JDBC can be used on java environments). will have fast connections and slow connections. I have looked at all the tools support for SQL.Handout – Software Testing A detailed description is given below of each of the categories used in the matrix.g. How does the tool manipulate this returned data? Can it call stored procedures and supply required input variables? What is the range of functions supplied for this testing? Page 119 ©Copyright 2007. a variable. This is very similar to recording a macro in say Microsoft Access. etc. Ingres. is this in an array. they may be disabled. etc. exact screen location)? Is there object recognition when recording and playing back or does it appear to record ok but then on playback (without environment change or unique id’s. they may use various browsers.g. look at the code and then playback. SQLServer. Web Testing Web based functionality on most applications is now a part of everyday life. They will speak different languages. etc. Sybase. Does the tool support low-level recording (mouse drags.

A test framework has parallels to Software frameworks where you develop an encapsulation layer of software (framework) around the applications. address. These functions are also very important as you move from the record/playback phase. databases etc and expose functions. However to do this requires a lot of time. for the aforementioned bulk data input sometimes carried out in data migration or application upgrades. etc. skilled resources and money to facilitate the first two. to datadriven to framework testing. However applications (except for manual input) do not usually provide facilities for bulk data input. Then hopefully you will not need this functionality. extract data? Can you randomise the access to that data? Is the data access truly random? This functionality is normally more important than database tests as the databases will usually have their own interface for running queries. databases. Data-driven tests are tests that replace hard coded names. However you may find that most (hopefully) of the application has been implemented using standard objects supported by your test tool vendor but there may be a few objects that are custom ones. This allows an inexperienced tester/user to run tests by just running/providing the test framework with know commands/variables.Handout – Software Testing Data Functions As mentioned above applications usually provide a facility for storing data off line. classes. I have looked at all the tools facilities for creating and manipulating data. Pushbuttons Checkboxes Radio buttons List views Edit boxes Combo boxes If you have a custom object that behaves like one of these are you able to map (tell the test tool that the custom control behaves like the standard) control? Does it support all the standard controls methods? Can you add the custom control to it’s own class of control? Page 120 ©Copyright 2007. numbers. Frameworks provide an interface to all the applications under test by exposing a suitable list of functions.g. methods etc that is used to call the underlying applications. Most custom objects will behave like a similar standard control here are a few standard objects that are seen in everyday applications. spreadsheet or database. etc with variables supplied from an external source usually a CSV (Comma Separated variable) file. Cognizant Technology Solutions. we will need to create data to input into the application. Object Mapping If you are in a role that can help influence the design of a product. etc to create. input data. So to test this. spreadsheets. try to get the development/design team to use standard and not custom objects. etc. Frameworks are usually the ultimate goal in deploying automation test tools. Does the tool allow you to specify the type of data you want? Can you automatically generate data? Can you interface with files. The added benefit (as I have found) is this functionality can be used for a production reason e. return data. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected .

At least one of the tools allows you to map painted controls to standard controls but to do this you have to rely on the screen co-ordinates of the image. Suppose the application crashes while I am testing what can I do? If a function does not receive the correct information how can I handle this? If I get an error message how do I deal with that? If I access a web site and get a warning what do I do? I cannot get a database connection how do I skip those tests? The test tool should provide facilities to handle the above questions. Page 121 ©Copyright 2007. These objects are either identified through the coordinates on the screen or preferably via some unique object reference referred to as a tag. name. Does the tool provide OCR (optical character recognition)? Can it compare one image against another? How fast does the compare take? If the compare fails how long does that take? Does the tool allow you to mask certain areas of the screen when comparing. Firstly the tool should provide services to uniquely identify each object it interacts with and by various means. Cognizant Technology Solutions. etc. Also when the application has painted controls like those in the calculator app found on a lot of windows applications you may need to use this. The premise is it is better to change the reference in one place rather than having to go through each of the scripts to replace it there. I looked at built in wizards of the test tools for standard test recovery (when you finish tests or when a script fails). how it recovers from errors. How easy is it to build this into your code? The rating given will depend on how much errors the tool can capture. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Object Name Map As you test your application using the test tool of your choice you will notice that it records actions against the objects that it interacts with. The last and least desirable should be by coordinates on the screen. it provides the foundation to produce a truly robust test suite. object ID. A sort of spy that looks at the internals of the object givi ng you details like the object ame. index. I found this to be true but not as big a point as some have stated because those tools that don’t support the central repository scheme. Error recovery caused by the application and environment. the types of errors. etc. can be programmed to reference windows and object names in one place (say via a variable) and that variable can be used throughout the script (where that object appears).Handout – Software Testing Image Testing Lets hope this is not a major part of your testing effort but occasionally you may have to use this to test bit map and similar images. Once you are well into automation and build up 10’s and 100’s of scripts that reference these objects you will want to have a mechanism that provides an easy update if the application being tested changes. Test/Error recovery This can be one of the most difficult areas to automate but if it is automated. I have looked at these facilities in the base tool set. All tools provide a search and replace facility but the best implementations are those that provide a central repository to store these object identities. ID and similar. Does the Object Name Map allow you to alias the name or change the name given by the tool to some more meaningful name? Object Identity Tool Once you become more proficient with automation testing one of the primary means of identifying objects will be via an ID Tool.

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This will allow you to reference that object within a function call. The tool should give you details of some of the object’s properties, especially those associated with uniquely identifying the object or window. The tool will usually provide the tester with a point and ID service where you can use the mouse to point at the object and in some window you will see all of that objects ID’s and properties. A lot of the tools will allow you to search all the open applications in one swoop and show you the result in a tree that you can look at when required. Extensible Language Here is a question that you will here time and time again in automation forums. “How do I get {insert test tool name here} to do such and such”, there will be one of four answers. I don’t know It can’t do it It can do it using the function x, y or Z It can’t in the standard language but you can do it like this What we are concerned with in this section is the last answer e.g. if the standard test language does not support it can I create a DLL or extend the language in some way to do it? This is usually an advanced topic and is not encountered until the trained tester has been using the tool for at least 6 – 12 months. However when this is encountered the tool should support language extension. If via DLL’s then the tester must have knowledge of a traditional development language e.g. C, C++ or VB. For instance if I wanted to extend a tool that could use DLL’s created by VB I would need to have Visual Basic then open say an ActiveX dll project, create a class containing various methods (similar to functions) then I would make a dll file. Register it on the machine then reference that dll from the test tool calling the methods according to their specification. This will sound a lot clearer as you go on in the tools and this document will be updated to include advanced topics like this in extending the tools capabilities. Some tools provide extension by allowing you to create user defined functions, methods, classes, etc but these are normally a mixture of the already supported data types, functions, etc rather than extending the tool beyond it’s released functionality. Because this is an advanced topic I have not taken into account ease of use, as those people who have got to this level should have already exhausted the current capabilities of the tools. So want to use external functions like win32api functions and so on and should have a good grasp of programming. Environment Support How many environments does the tool support out the box? Does it support the latest Java release, what Oracle, Powerbuilder, WAP, etc. Most tools can interface to unsupported environments if the developers in that environment provide classes, dll’s etc that expose some of the applications details but whether a developer will or has time to do this is another question. Ultimately this is the most important part of automation. Environment support. If the tool does not support your environment/application then you are in trouble and in most cases you will need to revert to manually testing the application (more shelf ware).

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Integration How well does the tool integrate with other tools. This is becoming more and more important. Does the tool allow you to run it from various test management suites? Can you raise a bug directly from the tool and feed the information gathered from your test logs into it? Does it integrate with products like word, excel or requirements management tools? When managing large test projects with an automation team greater than five and testers totaling more than ten. The management aspect and the tools integration moves further up the importance ladder. An example could be a major Bank wants to redesign its workflow management system to allow faster processing of customer queries. The anticipated requirements for the new workflow software numbers in the thousands. To test these requirements 40,000 test cases have been identified 20,000 of these can be automated. How do I manage this? This is where a test management tool comes in real handy. Also how do I manage the bugs raised as a result of automation testing, etc? Integration becomes very important rather than having separate systems that don’t share data that may require duplication of information. The companies that will score larger on these are those that provide tools outside the testing arena as they can build in integration to their other products and so when it comes down to the wire on some projects, we have gone with the tool that integrated with the products we already had. Cost In my opinion cost is the least significant in this matrix, why? Because all the tools are similar in price except Visual Test that is at least 5 times cheaper than the rest but as you will see from the matrix there is a reason. Although very functional it does not provide the range of facilities that the other tools do. Price typically ranges from $2,900 - $5,000 (depending on quantity brought, packages, etc) in the US and around £2,900 - £5,000 in the UK for the base tools included in this document. So you know the tools will all cost a similar price it is usually a case of which one will do the job for me rather than which is the cheapest. Visual Test I believe will prove to be a bigger hit as it expands its functional range it was not that long ago where it did not support web based testing. The prices are kept this high because they can. All the tools are roughly the same price and the volumes of sales is low relative to say a fully blown programming language IDE like JBuilder or Visual C++ which are a lot more function rich and flexible than any of the test tools. On top of the above prices you usually pay an additional maintenance fee of between 10 and 20%. There are not many applications I know that cost this much per license not even some very advanced operating systems. However it is all a matter of supply. The bigger the supply the less the price as you can spread the development costs more. However I do not anticipate a move on the prices upwards as this seems to be the price the market will tolerate. Visual Test also provides a free runtime license.

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Ease Of Use This section is very subjective but I have used testers (my guinea pigs) of various levels and got them from scratch to use each of the tools. In more cases than not they have agreed on which was the easiest to use (initially). Obviously this can change as the tester becomes more experienced and the issues of say extensibility, script maintenance, integration, data-driven tests, etc are required. However this score is based on the productivity that can be gained in say the first three months when those issues are not such a big concern. Ease of use includes out the box functions, debugging facilities, layout on screen, help files and user manuals. Support In the UK this can be a problem as most of the test tool vendors are based in the USA with satellite branches in the UK. Just from my own experience and the testers I know in the UK. We have found Mercury to be the best for support, then Compuware, Rational and last Segue. However having said that you can find a lot of resources for Segue on the Internet including a forum at www.betasoft.com that can provide most of the answers rather than ringing the support line. On their website Segue and Mercury provide many useful user and vendor contributed material. I have also included various other criteria like the availability of skilled resources, online resources, validity of responses from the helpdesk, speed of responses and similar Object Tests Now presuming the tool of choice does work with the application you wish to test what services does it provide for testing object properties? Can it validate several properties at once? Can it validate several objects at once? Can you set object properties to capture the application state? This should form the bulk of your verification as far as the automation process is concerned so I have looked at the tools facilities on client/server as well as web based applications. Matrix What will follow after the matrix is a tool-by-tool comparison under the appropriate heading (as listed above) so that the user can get a feel for the tools functionality side by side. Each category in the matrix is given a rating of 1 – 5. 1 = Excellent support for this functionality, 2 = Good support but lacking or another tool provides more effective support, 3 = Basic/ support only. 4 = This is only supported by use of an API call or third party add-in but not included in the general test tool/below average, 5 = No

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manual testing is no longer a viable option for most testing situations. Page 125 ©Copyright 2007. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Owing to the size and complexity of today’s advanced software applications. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected .Handout – Software Testing Matrix score Win Runner = 24 QARun = 25 SilkTest = 24 Visual Test = 39 Robot = 24 SUMMARY Automated testing is automating the manual testing process currently in use.

you can manage every type of change activity associated with software development. test cases and a whole set of tools to support the process. Clear case. preventing untested code from reaching the end-user. etc.Handout – Software Testing Chapter 9: Sample Test Automation Tool Learning Objective After completing this chapter. and run tests. Rational Clear Quest is a change-request management tool that tracks and manages defects and change requests throughout the development process. Facilitates functional and performance testing by automating record and playback of test scripts. defect reports. A client/server system includes client applications accessing a database or application server. Their Unified Process is a very good development model that allows mapping of requirements to use cases. prioritize and eliminate performance bottlenecks within an application. A baseline version of RequisitePro is included with Rational Test Manager. Rational Suite of tools Rational RequisitePro is a requirements management tool that helps project teams control the development process. including thirdparty libraries. Allows you to write. Rational Rose. you will be able to: Work with Rational Testing tool Sample Test Automation Tool Rational offers the most complete lifecycle toolset (including testing) of these vendors for the windows platform. including enhancement requests. Use Load Test to schedule and play back the scripts.g. Page 126 ©Copyright 2007. Rational Robot. When you define a test requirement in RequisitePro. With Clear Quest. and browsers accessing a Web server. and documentation modifications. Performance Studio includes Rational Robot and Rational Load Test. organize. enabling developers to quickly find. Some of their products are worldwide leaders e. ensuring that code is reliable Rational Quantify is an advanced performance profiler that provides application performance analysis. Rational Robot. RequisitePro organizes your requirements by linking Microsoft Word to a requirements repository and providing traceability and change management throughout the project lifecycle. Rational Purify is a comprehensive C/C+ + run-time error checking tool that automatically pinpoints run-time errors and memory leaks in all components of an application. Rational Suite Performance Studio is a sophisticated tool for automating performance tests on client/server systems. RequistePro. you can access it in Test Manager. Cognizant Technology Solutions. and to capture and analyze the results. When it comes to Object Oriented development they are the acknowledged leaders with most of the leading OO experts working for them. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Use Robot to record client/server conversations and store them in scripts. Rational Pure Coverage is a customizable code coverage analysis tool that provides detailed application analysis and ensures that all code has been exercised.

The tools that are to discussed here are Rational Administrator Rational Robot Rational Test Manager Rational Administrator What is a Rational Project? A Rational project is a logical collection of databases and data stores that associates the data you use when working with Rational Suite. A Rational project is associated with one Rational Test data store. How to create a new project? Page 127 ©Copyright 2007. Rational Test categorizes test information within a repository by project. Automates testing by combining automatic test generation with ourcecode coverage analysis. one Clear Quest databases. including all GUI features and all lines of source code. Tests an entire application. of users placing heavy loads and stress on your database and Web servers. one RequisitePro database. users and groups and manage security privileges. and optionally places them under configuration management. Rational Load Test can emulate hundreds.Handout – Software Testing Rational Test Factory. and multiple Rose models and RequisitePro projects. even thousands. You can use the Rational Administrator to create and manage projects. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . During playback. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Rational administrator is used to create and manage rational repositories.

Once the Create button in the Configure project window is chosen. In the configure project window displayed click the Create button. To manage the requirements assets connect to Requisite Pro. Accept the default path and click OK button. In the above window opened enter the details like Project name and location. Click Finish. configure or delete the project. the below seen Create Test Data store window will be displayed. enter the Password if you want to protect the project with password. Cognizant Technology Solutions. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . which is required to connect to.Handout – Software Testing Open the Rational administrator and go to File->New Project. In the corresponding window displayed. Click Next. to manage test assets create associated test data store and for defect management connect to Clear quest database. Page 128 ©Copyright 2007.

Click OK in the configure project window and now your first Rational project is ready to play with….Handout – Software Testing Once the below window is displayed it is confirmed that the Test datastore is successfully created and click OK to close the window. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Rational Administrator will display your “TestProject” details as below: Page 129 ©Copyright 2007. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected .

Robot is integrated with Rational Purify. Cognizant Technology Solutions. The Object-Oriented Recording technology in Robot lets you generate scripts quickly by simply running and using the application-under-test. HTML. and PureCoverage. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Create and edit scripts using the SQABasic. PowerBuilder. Robot still finds them on playback. You can play back scripts under a diagnostic tool and see the results in the log. Robot uses Object-Oriented Recording to identify objects by their internal object names. If objects change locations or their text changes. VB. Quantify. Test objects even if they are not visible in the application's interface. Use Robot and TestManager together to record and play back scripts that help you determine whether a multi-client system is performing within user-defined standards under varying loads. Robot can be used to: Perform full functional testing. and VU scripting environments. Perform full performance testing. Oracle Forms. not by screen coordinates. Test applications developed with IDEs such as Visual Basic.Handout – Software Testing Rational Robot Rational Robot to develop three kinds of scripts: GUI scripts for functional testing and VU and VB scripts for performance testing. and Java. Page 130 ©Copyright 2007. Record and play back scripts that navigate through your application and test the state of objects through verification points. Collect diagnostic information about an application during script playback. The Robot editor provides color-coded commands with keyword Help for powerful integrated programming during script development.

including the object's properties and data. Once logged you will see the robot window. Go to File-> New->Script In the above screen displayed enter the name of the script say “First Script” by which the script is referred to from now on and any description (Not mandatory). whether they are visible in the interface or hidden.The type of the script is GUI for functional testing and VU for performance testing. You can test standard Windows objects and IDEspecific objects. Cognizant Technology Solutions. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected .Handout – Software Testing The Object Testing technology in Robot lets you test any object in the application-under-test. Page 131 ©Copyright 2007.

Handout – Software Testing The GUI Script top pane) window displays GUI scripts that you are currently recording. Also displays certain system messages from Robot. editing. The Output window bottom pane) has two tabs: Build – Displays compilation results for all scripts compiled in the last operation. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . or debugging. It has two panes: Asset pane (left) – Lists the names of all verification points and low-level scripts for this script. How to record a play back script? To record a script just go to Record->Insert at cursor Then perform the navigation in the application to be tested and once recording is done stop the recording. Script pane (right) – Displays the script. Line numbers are enclosed in parentheses to indicate lines in the script with warnings and errors. Console – Displays messages that you send with the SQAConsoleWrite command. Cognizant Technology Solutions. To display the Output window: Click View ® Output. Record-> Stop Page 132 ©Copyright 2007.

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In this window we can set general options like identification of lists, menus, recording think time in General tab: Web browser tab: Mention the browser type IE or Netscape… Robot Window: During recording how the robot should be displayed and hotkeys details… Object Recognition Order: the order in which the recording is to happen. For ex: Select a preference in the Object order preference list. If you will be testing C++ applications, change the object order preference to C++ Recognition Order.

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Go to Tools-> Playback options to set the options needed while running the script. This will help you to handle unexpected window during playback, error recovery, mention the time out period, to manage log and log data. Verification points A verification point is a point in a script that you create to confirm the state of an object across builds of the application-under-test. During recording, the verification point captures object information (based on the type of verification point) and stores it in a baseline data file. The information in this file becomes the baseline of the expected state of the object during subsequent builds When you play back the script against a new build, Robot retrieves the information in the baseline file for each verification point and compares it to the state of the object in the new build. If the captured object does not match the baseline, Robot creates an actual data file. The information in this file shows the actual state of the object in the build. After playback, the results of each verification point appear in the log in Test Manager. If a verification point fails (the baseline and actual data do not match), you can select the verification point in the log and click View ® Verification Point to open the appropriate Comparator. The Comparator displays the baseline and actual files so that you can compare them. Verification point
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is stored in the project and is always associated with a script. When you create a verification point, its name appears in the Asset (left) pane of the Script window. The verification point script command, which always begins with Result =, appears in the Script (right) pane. Because verification points are assets of a script, if you delete a script, Robot also deletes all of its associated verification points. You can easily copy verification points to other scripts if you want to reuse them. List of Verification Points The following table summarizes each Robot verification point.

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Adding Declarations to the Global Header File For your convenience. To insert a comment into a script during recording or editing. Select global. Robot provides a blank header file called Global. Set the file type to Header Files (*. Type the comment (60 characters maximum). Click the Preferences tab. If the file is not there. Robot inserts the comment into the script (in green by default) preceded by a single quotation mark. position the pointer in the script and click the Display GUI Insert Toolbar button on the Standard toolbar. unless you specify another location.SQABasic files are stored in the SQABas32 folder of the project. About Data pools A datapool is a test dataset. If recording. Comments are helpful for documenting and editing scripts. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . If editing. it will look in the SQABas32 directory.sbh. Global. Datapools let you automatically pump test data to virtual testers under high-volume conditions that potentially involve hundreds of virtual testers performing thousands of transactions.sbh. click the Display GUI Insert Toolbar button on the GUI Record toolbar. Page 137 ©Copyright 2007. They can be accessed by all modules within the project. SQABasic header files have the extension .sbh is a project-wide header file stored in SQABas32 in the project. You can use Robot to create and edit SQABasic header files. It supplies data values to the variables in a script during script playback.sbh: Click File ® Open ® SQABasic File. use the Browse button to find the location. Click OK to continue recording or editing.sbh. and then click Open. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Inserting a Comment into a GUI Script: During recording or editing. You can specify another location by clicking Tools ® General Options. For example: This is a comment in the script To change lines of text into comments or to uncomment text: Highlight the text. constants. Robot ignores comments at compile time. To open Global. You can add declarations to this global header file and/or create your own. you can insert lines of comment text into a GUI script. Under SQABasic path.Handout – Software Testing About SQABasic Header Files SQABasic header files let you declare custom procedures. and variables that you want to use with multiple scripts or SQABasic library source files. Robot will check this location first.sbh). Click Edit ® Comment Line or Edit ® Uncomment Line. Click the Comment button on the GUI Insert toolbar.

Robot compiles the script if it has been modified since it last ran. you might want a datapool to supply those values during playback. Also. you might be filling out a data entry form and providing values such as order number. or when you debug a GUI script. Debug menu The Debug menu has the following commands: Go Go Until Cursor Animate Pause Stop Set or Clear Breakpoints Clear All Breakpoints Step Over Step Into Step Out Note: The Debug menu commands are for use with GUI scripts only. part name. you might want to provide a different set of values each time. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . you define a datapool for either type of script using TestManager in exactly the same way. You can also compile scripts and SQABasic library source files manually. A GUI script can access a datapool when it is played back in Robot. The SQADatapoolOpen command defines the access method to use for the datapool. Using Datapools with GUI Scripts If you are providing one or more values to the client application during GUI recording.Handout – Software Testing Typically. If you plan to repeat the transaction multiple times during playback. Cognizant Technology Solutions. There are differences in the way GUI scripts and sessions are set up for datapool access: You must add datapool commands to GUI scripts manually while editing the script in Robot. the GUI script can access the same datapool as other scripts. Compiling the script When you play back a GUI script or VU script. Robot adds datapool commands to VU scripts automatically. and so forth. A single virtual tester that performs the same transaction multiple times can send realistic data to the server in each transaction. when a GUI script is played back in a TestManager suite. Page 138 ©Copyright 2007. There is no DATAPOOL_CONFIG statement in a GUI script. you use a datapool so that: Each virtual tester that runs the script can send realistic data (which can include unique data) to the server. Although there are differences in setting up datapool access in GUI scripts and sessions. For example.

The compilation results can be viewed in the Build tab of the Output window. the Build tab in the Output window displays compilation results and error messages with line numbers for all compiled scripts and library source files. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Cognizant Technology Solutions. Page 139 ©Copyright 2007.Handout – Software Testing During compilation.

all participants in the testing effort can define and refine the quality goals they are working toward. most importantly. The reporting tools help you track assets such as scripts. execute tests and evaluate results. manage. and track test coverage and progress. implement. and run reports. It is where the team defines the plan it will implement to meet those goals. Cognizant Technology Solutions. builds.Handout – Software Testing Compilation errors After the script is created and compiled and errors fixed it can be executed. assets. and test documents. In Test Manager you can plan. Rational Test Manager Test Manager is the open and extensible framework that unites all of the tools. it provides the entire team with one place to go to determine the state of the system at any time. and data both related to and produced by the testing effort. design. And. and logs. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . The results need to be analyzed in the Test Manager. Create and manage data pools and data types Page 140 ©Copyright 2007. log folders. Under this single framework. With Test manager we can: Create. Create and manage builds.

All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . The folder in which the log is to stored and the log name needs to be given in this window. From Test Manager you can know start time of the script and Page 141 ©Copyright 2007.Handout – Software Testing When the script execution is started the following window will be displayed. Cognizant Technology Solutions. In the Results tab of the Test Manager. you could see the results stored.

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com SUMMARY Rational offers the most complete lifecycle toolset (including testing) of these vendors for the windows platform.0 and above The basic product supports Visual basic.g.0 or above Visual C++ Java Oracle forms 4.rational. Some of their products are worldwide leaders e. etc. you have to download and run a free enabler program from Rational’s website. Rational Robot. For more details visit www. Rational Rose. RequistePro. To test these types of application. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected .Handout – Software Testing Markup languages HTML and DHTML pages on IE4. Cognizant Technology Solutions.0 or later.5 Delphi Power builder 5. Development environments Visual basic 4. VC++ and basic web pages. Page 143 ©Copyright 2007. Clear case. When it comes to Object Oriented development they are the acknowledged leaders with most of the leading OO experts working for them.

however. the system is unable to scale to higher levels of performance. Post-deployment realities create a need for the tuning the existing system. In such cases. it is still an issue. Why Performance testing? Performance problems are usually the result of contention for. This helps to replace and focus efforts at improving overall system response. the evaluation of a design alternative is the prime mover for an analysis. The objective of a performance test is to demonstrate that the system meets requirements for transaction throughput and response times simultaneously.Handout – Software Testing Chapter 10: Performance Testing Learning Objective After completing this chapter. The main deliverables from such a test. completely exercise the application) in an attempt to find errors. throughput. and utilization of the web site while simulating attempts by virtual users to simultaneously access the site. Identification of bottlenecks in a system is more of an effort at troubleshooting. you will be able to: Test performance of a software What is Performance testing? The performance testing is a measure of the performance characteristics of an application. prior to execution. As the user base grows. some system resource. Performance analysis is also carried for various purposes such as: During a design or redesign of a module or a part of the system. more than one alternative presents itself. high throughput. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . analysis must be done to forecast performance under load. or exhaustion of. When a system resource is exhausted. and low utilization.e. Typically to debug applications. performance is a secondary issue to features. the cost of failure becomes increasingly unbearable. One of the main objectives of performance testing is to maintain a web site with low latency. Page 144 ©Copyright 2007. are automated test scripts and an infrastructure to be used to execute automated tests for extended periods. Cognizant Technology Solutions.. Performance testing of an application is basically the process of understanding how the web application and its operating environment respond at various user load levels. When looking for errors in the application. To increase confidence and to provide an advance warning of potential problems in case of load conditions. developers would execute their applications using different execution streams (i. we want to measure the latency. The main objective of a performance testing is to demonstrate that the system functions to specification with acceptable response times while processing the required transaction volumes in real-time production database. In general. Maintaining optimum Web application performance is a top priority for application developers and administrators. A systematic approach like performance analysis is essential to extract maximum benefit from an existing system.

relevant. This helps in determining whether or not the system meets the stated requirements.expressed in quantifiable terms such that when response times are measured. Bases performance goals on customer requirements. The performance testing goals are: End-to-end transaction response time measurements. A comprehensive test strategy would define a test infrastructure to enable all these objectives be met. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Measure Application Server components performance under various loads. measurable. realistic. Measure database components performance under various loads. First and foremost thing is. the list defines what is required before a test can be executed.a response time should be defined such that it can be measured using a tool or stopwatch and at reasonable cost.response time requirements should be justifiable when compared with the durations of the activities within the business process the system supports. This infrastructure is an asset and an expensive one too. Not all of these need be in place prior to planning or preparing the test (although this might be helpful). performance requirements should be agreed prior to the test. Defines specific customer scenarios. Measurable . Quantitative .a response time must be relevant to a business process. Measure the network delay between the server and clients Pre-requisites for Performance Testing We can identify five pre-requisites for a performance test. Fortunately.Handout – Software Testing Performance Testing Objectives The objective of a performance test is to demonstrate that the system meets requirements for transaction throughput and response times simultaneously. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . so it pays to make as much use of this infrastructure as possible. Monitor system resources under various loads. The following attributes will help to have a meaningful performance comparison. Relevant . which can be re-used for other tests with broader objectives. Realistic . Quantitative. Page 145 ©Copyright 2007. the design specification or a separate performance requirements document should: Defines specific performance goals for each feature that is instrumented. this infrastructure is a test bed. a sensible comparison can be derived. but rather.response times should take some account of the cost of achieving them. Achievable . achievable requirements As a foundation to all tests.

the test environment should be comparable to the actual production environment. A single response time requirement for all transactions might be simple to define from the user’s point of view. If the software crashes regularly. However. or may not be able to execute a test for a reasonable length of time before the software. but is. Some functions are critical and require short response times. which must be supported by the system. it should still be possible to interpret the results obtained using a model of the system to predict. it will probably not withstand the relatively minor stress of repeated use. Page 146 ©Copyright 2007. Database volumes Data volumes. Realistic test environment The test environment should ideally be the production environment or a close simulation and be dedicated to the performance test team for the duration of the test. Performance Testing Requirements Performance requirements normally comprise three components: Response time requirements Transaction volumes detailed in ‘Load Profiles’ Database volumes Response time requirements When asked to specify performance requirements. useless for a performance test. the behavior of the target environment. middleware or operating systems crash. Testers will not be able to record scripts in the first instance. users normally focus attention on response times. with some confidence. Typically. for the results of the test to be realistic. depending on the business application. however. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Often this is not possible. A test environment which bears no similarity to the actual production environment may be useful for finding obscure errors in the code. data volumes estimated to exist after one year’s use of the systems are used. Business scenarios might cover different situations when the users’ organization has different levels of activity or involve a varying mix of activities. Load profiles The second component of performance requirements is a schedule of load profiles. but two year volumes or greater might be used in some circumstances. but is unreasonable. A load profile is the level of system loading expected to occur during a specific business scenario. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected .Handout – Software Testing Stable system A test team attempting to construct a performance test of a system whose software is of poor quality is unlikely to be successful. but others are less critical and response time requirements can be less stringent. defining the numbers of table rows which should be present in the database after a specified period of live running complete the load profile. Even with an environment which is somewhat different from the production environment. and often wishes to define requirements in terms of generic response times.

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Handout – Software Testing Phase 1 – Requirements Study This activity is carried out during the business and technical requirements identification phase. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Hardware Platform Server Machines Processors Memory Disk Storage Load Machines configuration Network configuration Page 148 ©Copyright 2007. It is important to understand as accurately and as objectively as possible the nature of load that must be generated. The objective is to understand the performance test requirements. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Hardware & Software components and Usage Model. Response Time Transactions Per Second Hits Per Second Workload No of con current users Volume of data Data growth rate Resource usage Hardware and Software configurations Phase 2 – Test Plan The following configuration information will be identified as part of performance testing environment requirement identification. Following are the important performance test requirement that needs to be captured during this phase.

Checkpoints. Cognizant Technology Solutions. During the test design period the following activities will be carried out: Scenario design Detailed test execution plan Dedicated test environment setup Script Recording/ Programming Script Customization (Delay. Synchronizations points) Data Generation Parameterization/ Data pooling Page 149 ©Copyright 2007. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected .Handout – Software Testing Software Configuration Operating System Server Software Client Machine Software Applications Phase 3 – Test Design Based on the test strategy detailed test scenarios would be prepared.

The following artifacts will be produced during test execution period: Test logs Test Result Page 150 ©Copyright 2007. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . All the scenarios identified will be executed.Handout – Software Testing Phase 4 –Scripting Phase 5 – Test Execution The test execution will follow the various types of test as identified in the test plan. Virtual user loads are simulated based on the usage pattern and load levels applied as stated in the performance test strategy. Cognizant Technology Solutions.

All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . The following performance test reports/ graphs can be generated as part of performance testing:Transaction Response time Transactions per Second Transaction Summary graph Transaction performance Summary graph Transaction Response graph – Under load graph Virtual user Summary graph Page 151 ©Copyright 2007. Network throughput. Think time. Transaction Distribution and Data handling.Handout – Software Testing Phase 6 – Test Analysis Phase 7 – Preparation of Reports The test logs and results generated are analyzed based on Performance under various load. Resource usage. database throughput. Manual and automated results analysis methods can be used for performance results analysis. Transaction/second. Network delay. Cognizant Technology Solutions.

Changes to server system parameters. suggestions on improvement or tuning will be provided to the design team: Performance improvements to application software. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Cognizant Technology Solutions. Workload Not trivial Biased Goals ‘To show that OUR system is better than THEIRS” Analysts = Jury Unsystematic Approach Analysis without Understanding the Problem Incorrect Performance Metrics Unrepresentative Workload Wrong Evaluation Technique Overlook Important Parameters Ignore Significant Factors Inappropriate Experimental Design Inappropriate Level of Detail No Analysis Erroneous Analysis Page 152 ©Copyright 2007. Common Mistakes in Performance Testing No Goals No general purpose model Goals =>Techniques. database organization. Upgrades to client or server hardware. network capacity or routing. Metrics.Handout – Software Testing Error Statistics graph Hits per second graph Throughput graph Down load per second graph Based on the Performance report analysis. middleware.

Also. Without defined performance goals or requirements. the tool can also assess Internet Server Application Programming Interface and application server provider (ISAPI/ASP) applications. The Web Capacity Analysis (WebCAT) tool provides Web server performance analysis. Design the performance test suite to measure response times and not to identify bugs in the product. Creating an automated test suite to measure performance is time-consuming and labor-intensive. testers must guess. it is a software architectural problem. Therefore. Establish incremental performance goals throughout the product development cycle. Page 153 ©Copyright 2007. at how to instrument tests to best measure various response times. it is important to define concrete performance goals. the management team must decide to enforce the goals. Design the build verification test (BVT) suite to ensure that no new bugs are injected into the build that would prevent the performance test suite from successfully completing. keep the performance test suite fairly static throughout the product development cycle. we should run the performance test suite under controlled conditions from build to build. If we decide to make performance a goal and a measure of the quality criteria for release. All the members in the team should agree that a performance issue is not just a bug. The performance tests should be modified consistently. Significant changes to the performance test suite skew or make obsolete all previous data. Performance testing of Web services and applications is paramount to ensuring an excellent customer experience on the Internet. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Cognizant Technology Solutions. The performance tests should not be used to find functionality-type bugs. without a clear purpose. This typically means measuring performance on "clean" test environments. Therefore.Handout – Software Testing No Sensitivity Analysis Ignoring Errors in Input Improper Treatment of Outliers Assuming No Change in the Future Ignoring Variability Too Complex Analysis Improper Presentation of Results Ignoring Social Aspects Omitting Assumptions and Limitations Benchmarking Lessons Ever build needs to be measured. perturb only one variable at a time for each build. Performance issues must be identified as soon as possible to prevent further degradation. We should run the automated performance test suite against every build and compare the results against previous results. If the design or requirements change and you must modify a test. Performance goals need to be ensured.

Webload can also gather information server’s performance monitor. these Virtual users provide consistent. it is probably wasted data. LoadRunner 6. Tests are capturing secondary metrics when the instrumented tests have nothing to do with measuring clear and established performance goals. including cookies. The tools used for performance testing are Loadrunner 6.1.5x. LoadRunner runs thousands of Virtual Users that are distributed over a network. persistent connections and chunked transfer coding.Webload displays them in graphs and tables in real-time and you can save and export the results when the test is finished.0 and 1. It can measure the performance of your application under any load conditions. proxies. Webload generates load by creating virtual clients that emulate network traffic. Webload supports HTTP1. Achieving performance goals early also helps to ensure that the ship date is met because a product rarely ships if it does not meet performance goals. TSL. per-transaction and per-instance level from the computers that are generating the load. Ensure that you know what you are measuring and why. Repeatable and measurable load to execute your client/server system just as real users would.Handout – Software Testing Strive to achieve the majority of the performance goals early in the product development cycle because: Most performance issues require architectural change. When Webload runs the test. Tools used for testing would be the tool pecified in the requirement specification. if the data is not going to be used in a meaningful way to make improvements in the engineering cycle. client certificates. LoadRunner enables you to test your system under controlled and peak load conditions. Using a minimum of hardware resources. incorporate the performance test suite into the stress test suite to validate stress scenarios and to identify potential performance issues under different stress conditions. Load Runner’s in depth reports and graphs provide the information that you need to evaluate the performance of your client/server system. To generate load. Although secondary metrics look good on wall charts and in reports. authentifications. Performance Testing Tools Testing for most applications will be automated. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . You create test scripts (called agendas) using Java Scripts that instruct those virtual clients about what to do. You should reuse automated performance tests Automated performance tests can often be reused in many other automated test suites. For example.5 LoadRunner is Mercury Interactive’s tool for testing the performance of client/server systems. load and functional tests or by running them individually. SSL. WebLoad 4. Page 154 ©Copyright 2007.5 Webload is a testing tool for testing the scalability. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Use WebLoad to test how well your web site will perform under realworld conditions by combining performance.5 and Webload 4. You can watch the results as they occur. Performance is known to degrade slightly during the stabilization phase of the development cycle. functionality and performance of Web-based applications – both Internet and Intranet. it gathers results at a per-client.

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This is achieved through software benchmark test.Defining the right placement and composition of software instances can help in vertical scalability of the system without addition of hardware resources. Cognizant Technology Solutions. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . It is significantly different from capacity planning exercise in that it is done after development and before deployment Software Benchmarking .Handout – Software Testing Architecture Benchmarking Hardware Benchmarking .Hardware benchmarking is performed to size the application with the planned Hardware platform. Page 159 ©Copyright 2007.

Or.Handout – Software Testing General Tests What follows is a list of tests adaptable to assess the performance of most systems. Performance Metrics The Common Metrics selected /used during the performance testing is as below Response time Turnaround time = the time between the submission of a batch job and the completion of its output. Throughput: Rate (requests per unit of time) Examples: Jobs per second Requests per second Millions of Instructions Per Second (MIPS) Millions of Floating Point Operations Per Second (MFLOPS) Packets Per Second (PPS) Bits per second (bps) Transactions Per Second (TPS) Capacity: Nominal Capacity: Maximum achievable throughput under ideal workload conditions. What to look for: contains information on behaviors. Usable capacity: Maximum throughput achievable without exceeding a pre-specified response-time limit Efficiency: Ratio usable capacity to nominal capacity.. Type of workload: in order to properly achieve the goals of the test. Methodology: a list of suggested steps to take in order to assess the system under test. issues and errors to pay attention to during and after the test. along with some simple background information that might be helpful during testing. bandwidth in bits per second. Methodology Definitions Result: provide information about what the test will accomplish. the ratio of the performance of an nprocessor system to that of a one-processor system is its efficiency. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Constraints: details any constraints and values that should not be exceeded during testing. Utilization: The fraction of time the resource is busy servicing requests. allowing one to use a wide range of tools to conduct the assessments. This methodology specification provides information on the appropriate script of pages or transactions for the user. The response time at maximum throughput is too high. The methodologies below are generic. E. Cognizant Technology Solutions. each test requires a certain type of workload.g. Page 160 ©Copyright 2007. Purpose: explains the value and focus of the test. Stretch Factor: The ratio of the response time with single user to that of concurrent users. Time estimate: a rough estimate of the amount of time that the test may take to complete.

design. should be collected. analysis and reporting. Cache Hit Ratio Application Server Resources–Heap size. SQL Queries Transaction Profiling Code Block Analysis Network Statistics Bandwidth Utilization Network delay time Network Segment delay time Conclusion Performance testing is an independent discipline and involves all the phases as the mainstream testing lifecycle i. However. execution. Cognizant Technology Solutions. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Without the rigor described in this paper. throughput etc. JDBC Connection Pool Database Server Resources–Wait Events. Third party monitoring tools are also used based on the requirement. disk space and network usage on individual web. application and database servers and make sure those numbers recede as load decreases.e strategy. memory. if executed systematically with appropriate planning.. plan. Client Side Statistics Running Vusers Hits per Second Throughput HTTP Status Code HTTP responses per Second Pages downloaded per Second Transaction response time Page Component breakdown time Page Download time Component size Analysis Error Statistics Errors per Second Total Successful/Failed Transactions Server Side Statistics System Resources . It is very typical of the project manager to be overtaken by time and resource pressures Page 161 ©Copyright 2007. As tests are executed.Handout – Software Testing Average Fraction used for memory. It is also important to monitor and collect the statistics such as CPU utilization.Processor Utilization. executing performance testing does not yield anything more than finding more defects in the system. performance testing can unearth issues that otherwise cannot be done through mainstream testing. Memory and Disk Space Web Server Resources–Threads. metrics such as response times for transactions. Cognizant has built custom monitoring tools to collect the statistics. HTTP requests per second.

When should load testing be done? Load testing should be done when the probable cost of the load test is likely less than the cost of a failed application deployment. it may be too late in the software development cycle to correct serious performance issues. Fortunately. Automated load testing tools and services are available to meet the critical need of measuring and optimizing complex and dynamic application and infrastructure performance. leveraging an ongoing. Load testing gives the greatest line of defense against poor performance and accommodates complementary strategies for performance management and monitoring of a production environment. the consequences of which could be disastrous to the final system. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Web-enabled applications and infrastructures must be able to execute evolving business processes with speed and precision while sustaining high volumes of changing and unpredictable user audiences. enabling new business opportunity lowering transaction costs and strengthening profitability. Load Testing Load Testing is creation of a simulated load on a real computer system by using virtual users who submit work as real users would do at real client workstations and thus testing the systems ability to support such workload. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . performance testing to check if it offers an acceptable response time and load testing to see what hardware or software configuration will be required to provide acceptable response time and handle the load that will created by the real users of the system Why is load testing important? Load Testing increases the uptime for critical web applications by helping you spot the bottlenecks in the system under large user stress scenarios before they happen in a production environment. business can confidently and proactively execute strategic corporate initiatives for the benefit of shareholders and customers alike. There is another flip side of the coin. However there is an important point to be noted here. The discipline helps businesses succeed in leveraging Web technologies to their best advantage. Once these solutions are properly adopted and utilized. robust and viable solutions exist to help fend off disasters that result from poor performance. Thus a load testing is accomplished by stressing the real application under simulated load provided by virtual users. businesses can begin to take charge and leverage information technology assets to their competitive advantage. Testing of critical web applications during its development and before its deployment should include functional testing to confirm to the specifications. Before testing the system for performance requirements. the system should have been architect and designed for meeting the required performance goals. Page 162 ©Copyright 2007. By continuously testing and monitoring the performance of critical software applications. If not. lifecycle-focused approach.Handout – Software Testing leading not enough budget being allocated for performance testing.

fixed. Determine if the application will support "worst case" production load conditions.g. stress testing could involve an extreme number of simultaneous users. queries that return the entire contents of a database. Cognizant Technology Solutions. and data components. Page 163 ©Copyright 2007. blackbox application that attempts to cause failures involving how its performance varies under extreme but valid conditions (e. is testing that purposely subjects a system (both hardware and software) to a series of tests where the volume of data being processed is the subject of the test. Objectives The typical objectives of stress testing are to: Partially validate the application (i. extreme numbers of transactions.Handout – Software Testing Volume and Stress Testing Volume testing: Volume Testing. amount of data).. insufficient memory inadequate hardware. Stress testing is the system testing of an integrated. and dependency on over-utilized shared resources). Provide input to the defect trend analysis effort. and prevented in the future. Help determine the extent to which the application is ready for launch. Examples Typical examples include stress testing of an application that is: Software only. Batch with no realtime requirements. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . number of users. Huge (e. Provide data that will assist systems engineers in making intelligent decisions regarding future scaling needs. queries with an extreme number of restrictions. For example.. Volume Testing is conducted in conjunction with Component. or an entry at the maximum amount of data in a field.g. hardware. number of transactions. Report these failures to the development teams so that the associated defects can be fixed.e. Configuration and/or Stress Testing.. Volume testing will seek to verify the physical and logical limits to a system's capacity and ascertain whether such limits are acceptable to meet the projected capacity of the organization's business processing. analyzed. A system including software. to determine if it fulfills its scalability requirements). Such systems can be transactions processing systems capturing real time sales or could be database updates and or data retrieval. Determine how an application degrades and eventually fails. extreme utilization. as conditions become extreme. Goals The typical goals of stress testing are to: Cause the application to fail to scale gracefully under extreme conditions so that the underlying defects can be identified. as its name implies.

automotive engine control). Hard realtime (e. human reaction times).g.e. load testing can begin prior to the distribution of the software components onto the hardware components)..e. Completion Criteria Stress testing is typically complete when the following postconditions hold: At least one stress test suite exists for each scalability requirement. Test Implementation: o Develop test scripts o Simulating extreme workloads. Tasks Stress testing typically involves the independent test team performing the following testing tasks using the following techniques: Test Planning Test Reuse Test Design: o o Use Case Based Testing Workload analysis to determine the maximum production workloads. Preconditions Stress test execution can typically begin when the following preconditions hold: The scalability requirements to be tested have been specified. flight-control software..g. The independent test team is adequately staffed and trained in stress testing.. The relevant software components have passed unit testing. radar. Test Execution: o o Regression Testing Profiling Test Reporting Environments Load testing is typically performed on the following environments using the following tools: Test Environment: o Test Harness o Use case modeling tool o Performance analyzer o Profiler Page 164 ©Copyright 2007. Cognizant Technology Solutions. cruise-control software). Client/server or n-tier distributed. Embeded within another system (e. The relevant system components have passed system integration testing. The test suites for every scheduled scalability requirement execute successfully.. Business-critical or safety-critical. avionics. A research prototype that will not be placed into service. The test environment is ready.Handout – Software Testing Soft realtime (i. Software integration has occurred (i. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected .

Cognizant Technology Solutions. (**) Optional stress testing of the executable architecture as well as the COTS components during the vendor and tool evaluation and vendor and tool selection tasks. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected .Handout – Software Testing Work Products Stress testing typically results in the production of all or part of the following work products from the test work product set: Documents: o Project Test Plan o Master Test List o Test Procedures o Test Report o Test Summary Report Software and Data: o o o o o Phases Test Harness Test Scripts Test Suites Test Cases Test Data (*) Optional stress testing of COTS software components during the technology analysis and technology vendor selection tasks. Page 165 ©Copyright 2007.

The main deliverables from such a test.Handout – Software Testing Guidelines A system can fulfilits operational requirements and still be a failure if it does not scale. reuse functional test cases as stress test cases. SUMMARY The performance testing is a measure of the performance characteristics of an application. are automated test scripts and an infrastructure to be used to execute automated tests for extended periods. The iterative and incremental development cycle implies that stress testing is regularly performed in an iterative and incremental manner. Develop test scripts simulating exceptional workloads. prior to execution. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Perform stress testing for several minutes to several hours. To the extent practical. Page 166 ©Copyright 2007. The objective of a performance test is to demonstrate that the system meets requirements for transaction throughput and response times simultaneously. Stress testing must be automated if adequate regression testing is to occur. The main objective of a performance testing is to demonstrate that the system functions to specification with acceptable response times while processing the required transaction volumes in real-time production database. Stress testing can elicit failures prior to launch. Cognizant Technology Solutions.

A Simple requirement is one. of verification points OR Baseline Test data Refer the test case classification table given below Page 167 ©Copyright 2007.Handout – Software Testing Chapter 11: Test Case Point Learning Objective After completing this chapter. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . which can be given a value in the scale of 1 to3. The test cases for a particular requirement are classified into Simple. An Average requirement is ranked between 4 and 7. we can have ‘Login and Authentication’ as a module and rank that particular module as Simple. average and complex and quantifying the same into a measure of complexity. the application is classified into various modules like say for a web application. Average and Complex based on the number and complexity of the requirements for that module. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Test Case Point Analysis Calculating the Test Case Points Based on the Functional Requirement Document (FRD). This is also used as an estimation technique to calculate the size and effort of a testing project. Test case complexity for that requirement OR Interface with other Test cases OR No. A Complex requirement is ranked between 8 and 10. Average and Complex based on the following four factors. In this courseware we shall give an overview about Test Case Points and not elaborate on using TCP as an estimation technique. The TCP counts are nothing but ranking the requirements and the test cases that are to be written for those requirements into simple. you will be able to: Describe TCP and TCP Analysis What is a Test Case Point (TCP)? TCP is a measure of estimating the complexity of an application.

average and complex test case types. Based on the test case type an adjustment factor is assigned for simple. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . The Adjustment Factor in the table mentioned below is pre-determined and must not be changed for every project. average and complex test cases. which interfaces with or interacts with another application is classified as 'Complex' Any verification point consisting of report verification is considered as 'Complex' A verification point comprising Search functionality may be classified as 'Complex' or 'Average' depending on the complexity Depending on the respective project.Handout – Software Testing A sample guideline for classification of test cases is given below. we get the simple. the complexity needs to be identified in a similar manner. From the break up of Complexity of Requirements done in the first step. we arrive at the count of Total Test Case Points. Summing up the three results. Cognizant Technology Solutions. By multiplying the number of requirements with it s corresponding adjustment factor. average and complex test case points. we can get the number of simple. Page 168 ©Copyright 2007. This adjustment factor has been calculated after a thorough study and analysis done on many testing projects. Any verification point containing a calculation is considered 'Complex' Any verification point.

Also an optional aspect of test coverage analysis is: Identifying redundant test cases that do not increase coverage. you need to write new tests that hit those procedures. Test Coverage analysis is the process of: Finding areas of a program not exercised by a set of test cases. which compares test program behavior against a requirements specification. This simple statistic is typically available from execution profiling tools. Creating additional test cases to increase coverage. and not the quality of the actual product. which is an indirect measure of quality. taking into account possible pitfalls in the structure and logic. Functional testing examines what the program accomplishes.Handout – Software Testing Test Coverage Test Coverage is an important measure of quality for software systems. Page 169 ©Copyright 2007. Coverage analysis requires access to test program source code and often requires recompiling it with a special command. The two terms are synonymous. and Determining a quantitative measure of code coverage. A test coverage analyzer automates this process. whose job is really to measure performance bottlenecks. Structural testing examines how the program works. Test coverage analysis can be used to assure quality of the set of tests. But this measure of test coverage is so coarse-grained it's not very practical. Cognizant Technology Solutions. Here is a description of some fundamental measures and their strengths and weaknesses Procedure-Level Test Coverage Probably the most basic form of test coverage is to measure what procedures were and were not executed during the test suite. Test coverage measures A large variety of coverage measures exist. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Test coverage analysis is sometimes called code coverage analysis. The academic world more often uses the term "test coverage" while practitioners more often use "code coverage". If the execution time in some procedures is zero. This contrasts with functional testing (black-box testing). Structural testing compares test program behavior against the apparent intention of the source code. without regard to how it works internally. Code coverage analysis is a structural testing technique (white box testing).

consider a block of code that is skipped under certain conditions (e. There are many other test coverage measures. The tool will analyze the existing executable. is often the key to writing more tests that will increase coverage: By studying the unexecuted code. This type of instrumentation is dependent on programming language -.the provider of the tool must explicitly choose which processors or virtual machines to support.) than other forms of instrumentation. the performance factor may be significant. for example. or virtual machine). The same executable file used for product release testing should be used for code coverage. code coverage version in addition to other versions. you should have more. But it can be somewhat independent of operating environment (processor. However. Some products. Executable Instrumentation Probes can also be added to a completed executable file. Source-Level Instrumentation Some products add probes at the source level.. and then create a new. The probes exist only in the inmemory copy of the executable file. However.g. or project level giving a percentage of the code that was executed. intercept the compiler after parsing but before code generation to insert the changes they need. allowing you to see exactly which lines of code were executed and which were not. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . This. Proponents claim this technique can provide higher levels of code coverage measurement (condition coverage. OS. A separate version namely. and add additional code (such as calls to a code coverage runtime) that will record where the program reached. This type of instrumentation is independent of programming language. This result is often presented in a summary at the procedure. etc. you don't know whether you have tested the case when it is skipped. and which are not.Handout – Software Testing Line-Level Test Coverage The basic measure of a dedicated test coverage tool is tracking which lines of code are executed. Condition Coverage and Other Measures It's easy to find cases where line coverage doesn't really tell the whole story. such as debug (un optimized) and release (optimized) needs to be maintained. a statement in an if clause). file. Runtime Instrumentation Probes need not be added until the program is actually run. If the test suite is large and timeconsuming. the file itself is not modified. Typically the line coverage information is also presented at the source code level. it is dependent on operating environment -. A large project that achieved 90% code coverage might be considered a well-tested product. of course. Such a tool may not actually generate new source files with the additional code. if you achieve 95+% line coverage and still have time and budget to commit to further testing improvements.the provider of the tool must explicitly choose which languages to support. instrumented one. One drawback of this technique is the need to modify the build process. How and when this instrumentation phase happens can vary greatly between different products. For example. In theory. Adding probes to the program will make it bigger and slower. most available code coverage tools do not provide much beyond basic line coverage. They analyze the source code as written. You need condition coverage to know. test coverage tools generally "instrument" the program by inserting "probes". Cognizant Technology Solutions. If that code is shown as executed. it is an enviable commitment to quality! How Test Coverage Tools Work To monitor execution. just executing it will not automatically start code coverage (as it would with the other methods of Page 170 ©Copyright 2007. you can see exactly what functionality has not been tested. But in practice. Because the file is not modified in any way.

Runtime Instrumentation is independent of programming language but dependent on operating environment. the code coverage tool must start program execution directly or indirectly. This added code does not affect the size or performance of the executable. Like Executable Instrumentation. Cognizant Technology Solutions. up-to-date requirements specification. safety-critical software should have a high goal. Page 171 ©Copyright 2007. Instead. It helps most in the absence of a detailed.Handout – Software Testing instrumentation). Clearly. Test Coverage Tools at a Glance Coverage analysis is a structural testing technique that helps eliminate gaps in a test suite. the code coverage tool will add a tiny bit of instrumentation to the executable. This new code will wake up and connect to a waiting coverage tool whenever the program executes. Alternatively. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . Each project must choose a minimum percent coverage for release criteria based on available testing resources and the importance of preventing post-release failures. We must set a higher coverage goal for unit testing than for system testing since a failure in lower-level code may affect multiple high-level callers. and does nothing if the coverage tool is not waiting.

The entries can be seen in a tabular form also by choosing the search by list option.value=="") Page 172 ©Copyright 2007. Address2. The details that can be stored are Name.frm. Address1. This is also used as an estimation technique to calculate the size and effort of a testing project. As a whole it is designed for personal use and security was not a concern while designing it. The phone number and credit card number are numeric and email address is also verified for a character '@'. an additional field for credit card number is provided.frm.Handout – Software Testing SUMMARY TCP is a measure of estimating the complexity of an application. Validation code at client side function save() { var flag. Cognizant Technology Solutions.name1. The search page provides with facility to search by name or place and the results are displayed in a tabular form where the essential fields name and phone no.. so that effectively reduces the network traffic. you need to submit the following artifacts: a) Draw the flow chart. find the independent paths b) Develop Test cases based on that. } if (document.focus(). All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . It uses ASP in the server side and java script in the client side. Note that the pages are not submitted to the server for this action. However the system is not compatible with Netscape browser and is designed specifically for the IE 5. The database is Microsoft Access. document. City. The view only pages are reached through the results page on clicking the hyperlinks. along with email is displayed. if (document. These entries can be modified directly from here by clicking the edit button. State. return false. Country. However only the name and phone numbers are mandatory fields. Case Study: Application Personal Address book. flag=0. The Personal Address book is designed for people to access their contacts online from a central database on the server.name1. In the personal information page. Phone no.frm. c) Also develop other test cases for complete testing.0 and above.value=="") { alert ("Please Fill in the name").phone. Email address. Test your Understanding Assignment 1 There is an application on personal address book.

frm.phone.phone.frm.email. Cognizant Technology Solutions.value. return false.frm.length. } } if (flag!=1) { alert ("Please Fill email in correct format"). document.frm.email. } } document. break.select().focus().focus().Handout – Software Testing { alert ("Please Fill in the Phone number"). } if (isNaN(document.phone. All Rights Reserved C3: Protected . return false. document.frm.frm.phone. document. document.focus(). return false.frm.i++) { if (document.value!="") { for (i=0.select().frm.charAt(i)=="@") { flag=1.email. } if (document.value. return true.email.frm.frm.value)==true) { alert ("Phone number should be numeric"). document.i<document. } Page 173 ©Copyright 2007.submit().email.

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