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Beautiful Testing: Leading Professionals Reveal How They Improve Software (Theory In Practice)

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Successful software depends as much on scrupulous testing as it does on solid architecture or elegant code. But testing is not a routine process, it's a constant exploration of methods and an evolution of good ideas. Beautiful Testing offers 23 essays from 27 leading testers and developers that illustrate the qualities and techniques that make testing an art. Through perso ...more
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Published October 1st 2009 by O'Reilly Media
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This book is just a bunch of essays on testing: server-side testing, web-testing, automated, manual... Just stories and testers experience. Seems this book should have been for all, but the one who is not interested in 'ALL' will find not so much interesting here.
I liked only one article from there - written by Lisa Crispin. This was about her team and their successfull start with Agile. Really inspiring.
Alejandro Teruel
I taught undergraduate courses in Software Engineering some ten years ago. Having moved up the academic managerial ladder since then, I read this collection of articles because I was curious to find out what practitioners deem interesting and worth writing about.

First of all, it is clear that there is a new generation of testers and writers. They mention some of the veterans I was used to reading like Cem Kaner, Brian Marick, James Back and Brett Pettichord whereas other veterans like Glenn Myer
Horst Gutmann
I started reading this book only months after it was released and finished it … well, (now) years later. One of the reasons for this is that early on one of the stories in that 23-stories-spanning collection was extremely uninteresting for me. So after years of it lying on my shelf I decided to get finally through it and the stories definitely got better. Still, also the rest of these articles remains a mixed bag. Some like "Software in Use" by Karen N. Johnson are extremely inspiring and simply ...more
Henk Poley
Wide collection of uhm.. 'job biographies'. Some might be more useful than others to your everyday work. Overall quite an enjoyable and quick read.
Based on how the book defined a great tester, I never worked with such kind. On most cases, developers complain they are directing the success of the project while the tester reaps off more benefits. I do not agree with pairing testers and developers if both do not see goals of a project the same way.

The book seems to describe testing as a role separate from development but today, companies should only hire a development team that takes that role.

Good points of book include praise for automate
Steve Gates
Even though this was published in 2010, it still provides great insights into software testing...both the people that carry out this thankless job, and techniques and processes to do it right and better!
Ronald Rajagukguk
read this book while I'm starting a new role as test architect. I found it quite a good read, though didn't read all chapters. most of the contents are practical which you can bring to your daily routine. If you're a software tester or just someone who want to deliver a good quality softwar this book will teach you a lot.
Evelina Urbonaviciene
I've found some of the assays really inspiring and got ideas for my own daily job
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