Test Design is the selection of test aims, methodologies and implementation methods to satisfy the goals of a testing scenario.

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What are the first steps a tester should perform when using combinational testing?

Hypothetically, lets assume that I am testing the "Search and compare flights" functionality of this website*, and I want to apply a combinational testing technique. Where should a tester start this ...
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Are Mind Maps useful as a testing tool?

I don’t know much about Mind maps but I’ve seen expert testers (James Bach and Michael Bolton) use them to plan out their test strategy – usually in a demonstration. It seems like a plausible way to ...
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Encouraging project teams to define Edge cases

Can you please give me concrete examples of Edge cases preferably for Financial systems (General Ledger) and STP Settlements to help us kick start the right kind of thinking /approach by both the ...
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How to test the graphical contents of a bitmap or a PDF file?

The module I'm testing creates some graphical reports which include things like scatter plots and multipage line graphs. The bitmap will never be exactly the same between test runs, since some ...
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What are some good test cases in order to do License Key authentication while software is being installed?

I want to learn about: What could be the test cases to ensure the test coverage while any proprietary software is being installed using a license key. I wish to avoid (a) re-installation (b) multiple ...
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Promoting Non-Functional Testing

What advice can you give for encouraging Project managers, and Developers to factor in tests for purposes of proving an application system's performance, resilience, capacity, scaleability etc beyond ...
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test cases for conversation unsubscription in a email

I am a newbie at testing. The scenario described here is what happens when a user tries to unsubscribe from a conversation using Mailing list manager. To unsubscribe the user sends an email ...
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IPv4/IPv6 dependency testing

Research from the Software Improvement Group has shown that 1 in every 12 applications behaves incorrectly when confronted with a dual-stack IPv4+IPv6 environment. How does Quality Assurance usually ...
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Test case design standards- friend or foe?

Currently we use an agile team based approach to testing, where each team is responsible for their specific area of a product. While we have found this to be effective and easily manageable, over ...
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Testing/Verifying Google Analytic code

I need help figuring out a test methods for Google Analytic. Our client pushes out a lot of marketing campaigns and they love using GA to track what is working, what is not working and where to focus ...
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How can I use causal loop diagrams to help me test?

Causal loop diagrams seem like a really powerful tool for modelling a system - but I have no experience with applying them to my testing. Do you use causal loop diagrams? How do you use them, and ...
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What new things need to be covered in Embedded Systems testing compared to normal manual testing?

Can you provide me with some common checklist for Embedded Systems testing please? What are the new things that are covered in this? And can you also advise me some interesting references for reading ...
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Test isolation and automation

We are using Selenium webservices for our automated functional testing . I have a test which tests creation of some objects. If I run the same test again, I need to make sure that each test has a ...
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xUnit tests patterns for testing threaded applications

Are there either any xUnit (or otherwise) design patterns or anti-patterns for testing threaded code?
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What online games (ideally with a bunch of glitches) would make for a good software testing training exercise?

I'll be giving a 3-day course on software test design later this month with lots of hands-on exercises. I'd like to include one or more exercises that would involve testing an online game for ...
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Testing database transformation mappings

If regularly testing the creation of different datawarehouse tables using mappings from source tables. What do you suggest is the best approach or specific SQLs to do the trick?
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What proportion of different types of software testing does your team use?

Note: I've asked this over on SO and p.SE and it got closed. I'm not trying to game the system, just looking for a home :) I'm seeking a little "wisdom of crowds" estimation or a pointer to an ...
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Turning software testing into an internal service

I've been tasked with changing the focus of my team from a "can do everything" team into one that is more service orientated, i.e. we can provide the framework for your testing rather than being there ...
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XMLs and JMS queue trigger to database - what to test?

I'm testing a system that involves XMLs from a JMS queue getting inserted into a database using a JMS trigger (webmethods). Firstly, I turn off the JMS trigger to let messages accumulate on the ...
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What are the tiers of testing that should be done on a large scale distributed system?

Let's say you have a large distributed system in the cloud that's got dozens of developers working on it and actively adding code to. Your job is to make sure all of the quality gates are used and the ...
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What goes in a Testing playbook?

The concept of the Testing Playbook has been recently added to the list of possible tools in your Context-Driven toolset. The Playbook has been described as being similar to the list of plays that a ...
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How does the DataSource attribute on a test run the test multiple times?

This is going to be a bit long/wordy/verbose, but I've been looking at it for a while and I think that I'm bad at explaining things because people seem to get confused about what I'm asking. You know ...
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Test cases for find and replace function of notepad [closed]

I have made a notepad in c and i want to add find & replace feature so i just want some test case for that feature so that it works fine in notepad editor.
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How to use Selenium's PageFactory annotations with dynamic loaded elements?

I'm rewriting some Selenium tests according to the page object design pattern taking advantage of Seleniums' annotations. My problem is that I have some html select elements whose option elements are ...
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PageObjects: Aggregation/Composition vs Inheritance for nested components

I need to refactor my Selenium tests, and was wondering what the best design solution would be for a portal with a hierarchical page organization. We are using tiles, and we have defined a baselayout ...
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Is Selenium's LoadableComponent a good solution as test design pattern?

I need to refactor my Selenium tests, and come across their LoadableComponent wiki page. I began trying to use it, though I couldn't really understand what is it good for. I took a look at their ...
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Tester Versus Test cases written by the tester [closed]

I have always believed that a great tester is one whose test cases help in discovery of a lot of bugs in the product and not one who finds a lot of bugs in a product. In otherwords a team or a ...
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What criteria do I apply to a highly complex development project to warrant getting “real world” data?

Both the product I used to work on and the one I'm working on now have a fairly large and complex matrix of possible configurations, work-flows, and data scenarios. The one product had, no joke, ...
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Workflow shortcut to meet the release deadline

When you design a test scenario or even when you run your tests and you stumble to lack of specifications from your marketing Dept. should you bypass them and take the initiative of making your own ...
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Do I Need To Create Mock Classes For Every Class?

Let's say I have a system composed of three classes: A,B,C that share certain dependencies. To test A independently, I would need to create mock objects for B and C To test B independently, I would ...
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Multiple Assembly QA Systems?

I'm having difficulty deciding whether or not using multiple assemblies for a QA system is the right approach to take. Here are some important details: The underlying system is a single assembly ...
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Are state transition diagrams a good software testing technique

I have been looking at different testing techniques and wondered if anyone had some "real world" examples of using state transition diagrams rather than the bog standard clock and light switch ones ...
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How do you design your test method/function

This question has been revolving on my mind from quite some time. Do you develop one method for one test scenario or club similar scenarios in one method and develop automated tests for it. Both ...
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Systematic approaches to selection of test data

I've used Phadke's design of experiments approach to select parameter values for testing (software) systems. In a nutshell, the approach uses minimum, typical and maximum values of test (method) ...
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What types of testing are LEAST suited to using pairwise testing (and similar test design approaches)?

For those of you who have used pairwise test design methods (or similar combinatorial software testing methods) in an attempt to zero in on a manageable number of unusually powerful tests from among a ...
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When is it inappropriate to use white box testing?

Sometimes, tasked with testing a piece of software for which there are no requirements, a tester will resort to white box testing. Are there times when that is inappropriate? Here is an example. At ...
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Testing techniques repository?

I was wondering if there are any repositories or wikis of formal testing techniques - test design ideas, like pairwise or boundary. I couldn't find one so far. Thanks! Ahmet