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  1. #1
    rkbnair Guest

    Tester Software


    I need to automate the testing process prior to sending the software to customers.
    Anybody have any suggestions to choose a testing software please?

  2. #2
    Russ Holsclaw Guest

    Re: Tester Software

    > I need to automate the testing process prior to sending the software to
    customers.
    > Anybody have any suggestions to choose a testing software please?


    After 3 and a half decades in this business, I have yet to see a
    *general-purpose* "automated testing" software package that was worth the
    trouble. In fact, with each passing year, the very idea becomes less and
    less viable.

    This is not to say you can't do automated testing, of a sort. You can write
    unit-testing driver programs to test your functions and objects, exercising
    all their methods, properties, and events. These drivers are programs that
    you can, and probably should, custom code. VB is as good a language for
    testing VB code as some alien "test scripting" concoction.

    But when it comes to end-to-end testing, particularly for software with a
    user interface, the only thing one can imagine in the "automation" realm is
    something that "records" and "plays back" mouse movements and keystrokes.
    This is a totally bankrupt idea IMO, because the slightest change in your
    program's user interface invalidates your "test cases" (like moving controls
    around, or changing tab order, or just about anything else).

    In such cases, changing the automated "test script" is more work than just
    carrying out a written testing script by hand. If "automation" doesn't save
    work, why do it?

    Automated testing may have been a more viable idea back in the good old,
    simple, days of sequential batch processing, but today's highly-interactive
    systems and their interfaces render the whole idea meaningless.

    No doubt my comments here will offend someone who sells testing software,
    and they will contribute their "unbiased opinion" to this thread. Just ask
    this question: Is it more trouble to change the test script when the program
    under test changes, than it is to make the changes being tested? Oh,
    really!?

    --
    Russ Holsclaw



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