What does testing require?

26 09 2010

Testing is not an easy job. In India, software began in a big manner due to the test capabilities that were advertised for gaining a ground in the software field. That does not mean that we were not making good software, but test capabilities were the ones which catapulted us. It is not as simple as just writing a few scripts in shell or for the GUI. As James Whittaker has written, in his article on testing, it takes skill and a good knowledge of the domain that you are testing for. It is tougher than development of the same. Developers need to know the technology and they know the domain. Testers need to know much more. They need to know the workings of the application and the domain, along with how the user will use it.

From the viewpoint of the tester, it is never just a small portion of the feature that is being done work on. He has to know what all inputs can come into the product/feature and what kinds of output are expected by the downstream/next to make it to work. I learnt it that way, and that is why I love the profession of test. I know the product from the user viewpoint and also from the viewpoint of the Dev (the inner workings). Along the way, I made a lot of learnings. Although I would say that I lost the ability to program in any specific language; I learned a lot about logic and analysis of a problem.

Along with the above, testing also requires a lot of understanding of the tools that you need to use to implement the tests. This may be in the form of commercially available tools (Mercury QTP, SilkTest, Rational, WinRunner, etc.) or open source tools (Selenium, Watir, Fitnesse, etc). You can create your own using scripting languages or regular languages. After testing for a few years on different technologies and platforms, you should be able to shift from one to the other, which is not as easy for the developers who are working on a particular technology, but they find it easier to shift domains. What do you think…?! 🙂




7 responses

1 02 2013

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17 03 2013

Thank you Amie. It feels good that people have liked the article and surely encourages me to write more on it 🙂
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8 02 2013

Thanks a ton for using some time to create “What does testing require?

My Thoughts”. Thanks a ton once again -Garland

17 03 2013

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17 02 2013
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