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Professional testing of software is becoming a more and more important task, requiring a good education. The "Certified Tester" program offers a world wide standardized training and further education scheme for software testers.
This book provides the necessary basic knowledge and explains the concepts with a running case study. The book extensively covers the most important methods for testing software and for checking the documents produced and used during software development.
Fundamentals of testing
Testing throughout the software life cycle
Static testing techniques
Dynamic testing techniques and test design
Tool support for testing
Not only testers, but programmers as well should have this basic knowledge. The book is designed for self-study. The contents comprise the necessary curriculum to pass the Certified Tester (Foundation Level) examination as defined by the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB). It conforms to the ISTQB Foundation Level Syllabus version 2005 and also covers the latest topics such as the test-first approach and risk based testing.
From the foreword: "This book will provide you with a solid practical foundation for your work and study of testing. Software and system testing suffers from a serious gap between best practices and common practices. If you're someone who is making a living from doing testing but haven't gotten around to reading a book, why not start with this one?" (Rex Black, President of the ISTQB)
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.37" Width: 6.69" Height: 0.87" Weight: 1.23 lbs.
Release Date May 4, 2006
Publisher Rocky Nook
ISBN 3898643638 ISBN13 9783898643634
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More About Andreas Spillner
Andreas Spillner is a professor of Computer Science in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Hochschule Bremen (University of Applied Sciences), where he is responsible for software engineering, quality assurance, and programming. He was a founding member and is now an honorary member of the German Testing Board e.V., and he was founder and chair of the German Special Interest Group on Software Testing (SIGIST, "Test, Analyse und Verifikation von Software") from 1990 to 2003. Prof. Spillner was appointed Fellow of the German Informatics Society (GI-Fellow) in 2007.
Andreas Spillner has an academic affiliation as follows - Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universit??t Greifswald, Germany Ernst-Moritz-Arndt.
Reviews - What do customers think about Software Testing Foundations: A Study Guide for the Certified Tester Exam?
Towards certified testing Jul 30, 2007
There are now three well-known books on the ISTQB syllabus for foundation software testing examinations. This was the first, and the others may have since taken a different emphasis. Originally written in German, the book has been translated into English, and covers basic testing topics.
The difficulty about a testing book is that it will be read by testers, trained to find faults as part of our role in life. This book may to be aimed at the non-English, European market place, following its origins. Some of the translation is `interesting', and is more literal than catching the meaning of the words, so can read in a stilted fashion. Annoyingly, there is reference to `chapters' in the chapter on techniques, when it clearly means `sections' or part-chapters. The discussion of the value of a certified tester in chapter 6 would be better in the introductory chapter 1.
Spillner, Linz and Schaefer are well respected in the testing community, and have written a book that covers the syllabus. However, it is not greatly geared towards the examination; although there are revision questions, these are neither multiple choice, nor are the answers provided. There are also areas where there is significant extension beyond the syllabus content (standards is a case in point - and can probably be correctly attributed to a specific one of the authors).
There is a good glossary of testing terms, and the text clearly identifies items that appear in the glossary. It is useful to not only have web links, but also to specify when the web links were known to be valid. I found the use of a case study that runs throughout the book to be helpful. There are some key thoughts that are well worth remembering; one for me was "Robustness has its costs".
Strangely, I would say that there is both too much code (pseudo-code) present, and too little. It is perfectly possible to pass the ISTQB examination with little or no knowledge of how to read or write code, and references to code in early chapters could have non-coders pressing the panic button. Conversely, any discussion of structural test techniques should have examples of code, as exams routinely have code-based questions concerning techniques. The treatment of statement testing was somewhat shallow, with the cases where there are `empty' branches and non-empty branches barely distinguished. However, the coverage of when to use particular techniques was good and comprehensive.
Discussion in an early chapter postulates determining whether a set is code is ready to exit a particular stage of testing by examining the number of incidents raised per testing hour. It even suggests than when down below 2, it may be time to ship. This is a good notion, but I suspect the numbers are out by some way. To be still finding 2 incidents per testing hour, even on very large, complex systems, would indicate to me that the product is NOT ready for shipping. Additionally, the treatment of cyclomatic complexity is adequate, but this useful measurement is only calculated one way, not using the alternatives that are available (the most straightforward being `the number of decisions + 1').
There is a lot of material covered, and in some places, this appears rather list-like in appearance, unclear when lists are contained in the syllabus, and when not. It is better to say that the book assists candidates in preparation for the ISTQB Foundation, rather than being a direct aid as the sole point of reference. Read it take good things from it and mind the short-comings, but do not use it as your only testing book.
Peter Morgan, Bath, UK (firstname.lastname@example.org)
VERY VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! Jul 26, 2007
Are you a software tester? If you are, then this book is definitely for you. Authors Andreas Spillner, Tilo Linz and Hans Schaefer, have done an outstanding job of writing a book that offers basic knowledge that helps to achieve structured ad systematic evaluation and testing.
Spillner, Linz and Schaefer, begin by discussing the basics of software testing. Then, the authors discuss which test activities should be done during the software development process, and how they relate to other development tasks. Next, they discuss static methods. The authors also deal with testing in a narrower sense. Finally, the authors show you which aspects should be considered in test management, how systematic incident handling appears, and some basics about establishing sufficient configuration management.
This most excellent book is written in such a way that it does not presume previous knowledge of software quality assurance. Perhaps more importantly, this book is designed as a textbook and is meant for self-study.
A critically important and core addition May 8, 2007
Now in a fully updated and significantly expanded second edition, "Software Testing Foundations: A Study Guide For The Certified Tester Exam" is the collaborative work of Andreas Spillner (Professor of Computer Science at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Bremen University of Applied Sciences), Tilo Linz (President of the German Testing Board and the CEO of Imbus AG - a leading service company for software testing in Germany), Hans Schaefer (President of the Norwegian Testing Board and an independent software consultant), who are among the founders of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB). This instructive manual is specifically designed by acknowledged experts for personal self-study and provides all the necessary information required to pass the Certified Tester Foundations level exam as defined by the ISTQB. This new and thoroughly 'user friendly' edition covers both a test-first approach and risk-based testing., as well as the fundamentals of testing, testing and the software lifecycle, static and dynamic testing techniques, test management, and test tools. "Software Testing Foundations" is a critically important and core addition to professional and academic Computer Science reference collections.