This first course is a basic introduction to black box testing. It presents basic terminology and considers:
- the mission of testing
- the oracle problem
- the measurement problem
- the impossibility of complete testing
More info on the Learning Objectives for Foundations of Software Testing are available on the BBST.info website.
This provides an overview of the online Black Box Software Testing courses and introduces some definitions commonly used in the testing field.
This considers why testers test, what they are trying to learn, and how they can organize their work to achieve their mission.
This presents software oracles as heuristics that help testers make a judgment whether or not software passes the tests that are run.
This presents information about basic data handling and storage to help testers think about the multi-dimensional problem of test coverage in more sophisticated ways.
This explores the complexity of determining when testing is finished and how the goal of complete testing is unattainable.
This addresses the challenges of measurement in software testing.
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- Popper, Karl (2002, 3rd Ed.) , Conjectures and Refutations: The Growth of Scientific Knowledge (RoutledgeClassics). (BOOK)