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Software Testing Foundations: A Study Guide for the Certified Tester Exam [Paperback]

Andreas Spillner , Tilo Linz , Hans Schaefer

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Feb. 2 2007 1933952083 978-1933952086 2

Within the last 18 months more than 40,000 people worldwide have taken the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) Foundations Level exam, 10,000 alone in the last 4 months. So, where can all these people go to learn what they need to know in order to pass the exam? Now they can go toSoftware Testing Foundations2nd Edition, from Rocky Nook's new Computing division.

Professional testing of software has become an increasingly important task requiring a profound knowledge of testing techniques. The ISTQB has developed a universally accepted, international, qualification scheme aimed at software and system testing professionals, and has created the syllabi and tests for the "Certified Tester".

With authors who are among the founders of the ISTQB, this improved, updated, newly edited 2nd Edition covers the "Foundations Level" (i.e., entry level), and teaches the most important methods of software testing. It is designed for self-study and provides the necessary knowledge to pass the Certified Tester - Foundations Level exam as defined by the ISTQB. It also covers more recent topics, such as test-first approach and risk-based testing.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc.; 2 edition (Feb. 2 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933952083
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933952086
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 18.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,377,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Towards certified testing July 30 2007
By Mr P R Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
There are now three well-known books on the ISTQB syllabus for foundation software testing examinations. This was the first, and the others may have since taken a different emphasis. Originally written in German, the book has been translated into English, and covers basic testing topics.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peter Morgan, Bath, UK (morganp@supanet.com)
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars good book, but not for test preparation July 8 2012
By RJ - Published on Amazon.com
The cover of the book has two problems:

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

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

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

To be honest, I've been testing for many years and my study was more for refresher and terminology. This book provided a great overview and good preparation for the ISTQB Foundation Level certification exam.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a great guide for the ISTQB foundation March 8 2013
By JS - Published on Amazon.com
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I used this and some slides a co-worker had from a training course and got a 98% The foundation syllabus was pretty easy though - advanced was much more difficult
7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A core addition to any technology education collection, very highly recommended May 7 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Quality products need to be tested completely and thoroughly. "Software Testing Foundations: A Study Guide for the Certified Tester Exam" serves as a review guide to understanding everything that is needed to become a certified tester, one with the skills to assure a product works on a high functional level. Explaining the fundamentals of software testing, the authors provide a guide that is compliant with the standards of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) to help them pass the certification and better land the job they are looking for. "Software Testing Foundations" is a core addition to any technology education collection, very highly recommended.

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