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How we test software at Microsoft

Author: Alan Page; Ken Johnston; Bj Rollison
Publisher: Redmond, Wash. : Microsoft, ©2009.
Series: Best practices (Redmond, Wash.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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It may surprise you to learn that Microsoft employs as many software testers as developers. Less surprising is the emphasis the company places on the testing discipline--and its role in managing quality across a diverse, 150+ product portfolio. This book--written by three of Microsoft's most prominent test professionals--shares the best practices, tools, and systems used by the company's 9,000-strong corps of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Page; Ken Johnston; Bj Rollison
ISBN: 9780735624252 0735624259
OCLC Number: 166873812
Description: xx, 423 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: I. About Microsoft: 1. Software engineering at Microsoft --
2. Software test engineers at Microsoft --
3. Engineering life cycles --
II. About testing: 4. A Practical approaching to test case design --
5. Functional testing techniques --
6. Structural testing techniques --
7. Analyzing risk with code complexity --
8. Model-based training --
III. Test tools and systems: 9. Managing bugs and test cases --
10. Test automation --
11. Non-functional testing --
12. Other tools --
13. Customer feedback systems --
14. Testing software plus services --
IV. About the future: 15. Solving tomorrow' problems today --
16. Building the future.
Series Title: Best practices (Redmond, Wash.)
Responsibility: Alan Page, Ken Johnston, Bj Rollison.

Abstract:

It may surprise you to learn that Microsoft employs as many software testers as developers. Less surprising is the emphasis the company places on the testing discipline--and its role in managing quality across a diverse, 150+ product portfolio. This book--written by three of Microsoft's most prominent test professionals--shares the best practices, tools, and systems used by the company's 9,000-strong corps of testers. Learn how your colleagues at Microsoft design and manage testing, their approach to training and career development, and what challenges they see ahead. Most important, you'll get practical insights you can apply for better results in your organization. Discover how to: Design effective tests and run them throughout the product lifecycle Minimize cost and risk with functional tests, and know when to apply structural techniques Measure code complexity to identify bugs and potential maintenance issues Use models to generate test cases, surface unexpected application behavior, and manage risk Know when to employ automated tests, design them for long-term use, and plug into an automation infrastructure Review the hallmarks of great testers--and the tools they use to run tests, probe systems, and track progress efficiently Explore the challenges of testing services vs. shrink-wrapped software.

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