Book, Effective Software Testing

Since my computer was out of commission during the first part of this week, I took time to catch up on some reading I wanted to do. One of the books I read was Effective Software Testing: 50 Specific Ways to Improve Your Testing by Elfriede Dustin.

The book really does not contain much new information but I did like the way the book is laid out. The chapters start with testing the documentation before any development begins and cover all the way up to testing the actual application. Each chapter is broken down into smaller items and each item can be read individually of the others. Each item has explanations of what the testing department should be doing and some suggestions on how to do it. This makes it easy for a reader to find isolated information and digest it without needing to read the entire book. After reading the book, I recommended it to the newer testers on the team because the information contained inside is valuable, especially for people without much testing experience. This book would also be a good fit for managers who might not have much experience in testing so they can get a better feel for what should be involved in the testing efforts.

I found the book to be a little dated even though it was published December 18, 2002. I also found the information to be geared more towards testing whole applications, to the extent there are a few sections in the book where the author warns people about Third-party controls.

Overall, the time spent reading this book was time well spent.

posted @ Saturday, July 17, 2004 1:05 PM