The original printing of Testing Computer Software set the standard for the emerging field of test engineering with a full tour of the state of the art in managing the testing process. The reissued text makes this classic out-of-print text available once again. Though it relies heavily on older examples (including MS-DOS) and has not been updated, this text is still a worthwhile resource for practical-minded advice on the realities of testing.
The best thing about Testing Computer Software is its practical point-by-point guide to everyday software testing, from creating a test plan, to writing effective bug reports, to working with programming staff and management to fix bugs.
That said, this book's early frame of reference shows how far we've come. (The book relies heavily on MS-DOS examples and features some truly embarrassing anachronisms, including the mention of testing dot-matrix printers and even EGA/VGA video modes.) The bibliography stops at sources from 1992 and features many references from the 1980s. Nowadays, automated software testing tools are the staple of any testing strategy. This book even advocates a wait-and-see approach to the "new" Microsoft Test.
These limitations aside, there is still a good deal to mine here. Much of the approach to testing is still very valid for any aspiring or working test engineer. Clearly, readers of the first edition will have little reason to upgrade to this second edition, but for anyone who appreciates a "classic" (and indeed a pioneering) text in the field of software testing, it's good to have Testing Computer Software in print again. --Richard Dragan
Topics covered: test case design, test planning, project lifecycle overview, software errors, boundary conditions, bug reports, regression testing, black box testing, software quality and reliability, managing test teams, printer testing, internationalization, and managing legal risk.
"I enjoyed reading Testing computer software. The text contains numerous highlights Offering practical advice, authoritative figures you can cite to customers and higher management, and entertaining anecdotes to share with coworkers Although some sections need updating, I still think it is a valuable training and reference source for software testers, managers, and developers." --Diomidis Spinellis; IEEE software magazine (May /June 2001))
"Deep insight and a great deal of experience is contained in this book" (Database & Network Journal, Vol 30/5 2000)
Got exactly what i ordered. And a personally addressed card came with it thanking me for the business! An unexpected and very nice touch!Published on May 23 2011 by Matthew J. Penfold
This book contains clear explanations of testing terms and processes. Want a job testing? read this book. Read morePublished on April 20 2004 by andrew mikesell
There is no better general introduction to Software Quality Assurance and Software Testing available. If you are in QA or software testing and don't have it, you should.Published on Sept. 30 2003 by Walter Gorlitz
This is probably one of the best books for learning software testing techniques. If you are new to software testing and don't have a "mentor" to teach you the techniques... Read morePublished on April 23 2003 by XQuB1T
This is an excellent treatise on computer software testing. Anyone who masters the concepts and techniques outlined in this book could undoubtedly be a first-class computer... Read morePublished on June 30 2002 by Duane Douglas
This book should sit on the desk of every software tester.
Many books will tell you how to test when you have enough time and cooperation. Read more
I am studying to break into the software testing field and this book was recommended to me by a Project Manager at Microsoft. Read morePublished on April 12 2001 by Jim
The book has such a broad definition of software quality that it would be extremely difficult for anyone to pick up the book and apply the processes listed in the book. Read morePublished on Dec 27 2000
It does describe lot on using testing tools but fails to Provide the implementation Details.Published on Nov. 27 2000 by Sri Vinayaka Subramanium