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Software Testing and Quality Assurance: The Big Picture

by Jim Weaver

Testing is a critically important part of software development and delivery. This course will give you a broad introduction to the established practices and approaches to testing and improving the quality of software products.

What you'll learn

Professional software testing is a critical part of delivering good software, but it’s often overlooked. It’s easy to get excited about technology but forget it has to come together into something that works, doesn’t have negative hidden side effects, and is pleasing for humans to use. In this course, Software Testing and Quality Assurance: The Big Picture, you’ll learn about the rich array of approaches and practices used by professional testers to improve the quality of software products. First, you’ll be shown the importance of professional testers in a team and organization and the variety of ways in which organizations may approach testing. Next, you’ll explore many specific testing practices and approaches such as scenario-based testing, test-data partitioning, and test automation. Then, you'll see approaches to help integrate testers and testing practices into teams using an agile methodology. Finally, you’ll learn options to further a career in testing. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have a good understanding of the profession of software testing and an awareness of avenues to pursue to learn more!

About the author

Jim Weaver is a software developer with experience in many languages and platforms. He has worked in and led teams in many industry verticals including Defense, Leasing, Energy, and Healthcare. Jim has extensive experience with unit and acceptance testing techniques and tools, and is one of the original authors of JWebUnit, an open-source web application testing API and framework.

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