Software Testing Articles, Blog Posts, Books, Podcasts and Quotes

How Do You Refactor Untested Code?

February 9, 2010 0

“Bug fixing often uncovers opportunities for refactoring. The very fact that you’re working with code that contains a bug indicates that there is a chance that it could be clearer or better structured.”

New Models for Test Development

January 23, 2010 0

This paper does two things. First, it attempts to demolish a bad model, the quite popular “V model”. In the process, it hopes to banish the phrases “unit testing” and “integration testing” from our vocabularies. Second, it describes a better model. The primary purpose is not to claim to have the right model, but to describe important requirements for test models. Those requirements are summarized at the end of the paper.

How to Regression Test a Relational Database

January 23, 2010 0

This article overviews the importance of, and strategies for, regression testing relational databases. If your organization considers data to be a corporate asset and/or you’re implementing mission-critical functionality within your databases, shouldn’t you have a database testing strategy in place?

Measure Test Coverage with Cobertura

January 5, 2010 0

Cobertura is an open source tool that measures test coverage by instrumenting a code base and watching which lines of code are and are not executed as the test suite runs.

How to Misuse Code Coverage

January 4, 2010 0

Code coverage tools measure how thoroughly tests exercise programs.  They are misused more often than they’re used well. This paper describes common misuses in detail, then argues for a particular cautious approach to the use of coverage.

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