From Accountant To Scientist
In many of my posts I have alluded to the automation stack my team is building, but I have not provided any details. The next month or so of posts will remedy that: first I'll discuss the problems we are trying to solve and then I'll explain how we're going about doing that.
Those of you doing model-based testing will likely note that you don't have some of the problems I talk about. While I don't disagree I do think that many of these problems simply move into the model's implementation.
Many thanks to everyone who reviewed the whitepapers on which these posts are based: Adam, Chan, Bob, Scott, Cathy, Ross, and most especially Mike.
Test Cases Today Are Not Everything They Could Be
- Execution And Verification Are Tightly Coupled
- Multiple Paths Of Execution Cause Duplicated Verification
- Most Of Each Test Case Exercises A Small Fraction Of The Code
- Test Cases Have Intimate Knowledge Of The User Interface
- Test Cases Are Maintenance Hogs
- Test Is Back-Loaded
- Testers Are Little More Than Accountants In A Factory
Please Allow Us To Introduce Ourselves
- It All Starts With User Features: The Logical Functional Model
- One Method To Rule Them All: Execution Behavior Manager
- How High? For How Long? Using Which Foot? Data Manager
- Did You? Did You Really? Loosely Coupled Comprehensive Verification
- Show Me Yours: Application Internals
- How Do I Invoke Thee? Let Me Count The Ways: The Physical Object Model
Examples of doing all this for a simple application:
- Nuts And Bolts - Introduction
- Use Your Users' Viewpoint - Logical Functional Model
- Who Ya Gonna Call? - Execution Behaviors
- A Peek Behind The Curtains - Physical Object Model
- No Guts, But Lots Of Glory - Controls abstraction layer
- Verily, 'Tis Truth - Loosely Coupled Comprehensive Verification
*** Comments, questions, feedback? Want a fun job on a great team? I need a tester! Send two coding samples and an explanation of why you chose them, and of course your resume, to me at michhu at microsoft dot com. Great coding skills required.