Back to the Beginning: Testing Principles Revisited

Erik Petersen, Emprove

In 1976, Glenford Myers listed a set of testing principles in his book Software Reliability. Computing has changed dramatically since those days! iPods have more computing power than the Apollo spacecraft. Testing has even been
recognized as a profession-but testing approaches have not changed substantially since Myers' book. Erik Petersen examines classic testing principles to help us understand what still works and what doesn't. He compares some of
the originals with newer principles, including those from the international ISTQB™ testing syllabus. Along the way, Erik takes a light-hearted look at the state of software reliability today.

  • Review old testing principles that are still applicable
  • Consider new principles that the first generation of testers missed
  • Evaluate the quality of software testing today

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