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A Brief History of Software Testing

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A Brief History of Software Testing

  1. 1. A Brief History of Software Testing
  2. 2. 2002 • Test Driven Development is coined by Kent Beck • A way of writing software in which the tests are written before the code
  3. 3. 1987 • "Test, then code" • Motto on the lapel pin of SQE as worn during the Fourth International Conference on Software Testing, Washington DC.
  4. 4. 1978 • Measures for test coverage get defined • In a paper titled Testing Software Design Modeled by Finite-State Machines, by Tsun S. Chow
  5. 5. • "One should not first make the program and then prove its correctness" • A quote by Edsger W. Dijkstra during his lecture titled The Humble Programmer 1972
  6. 6. • "Daniel D. McCracken writes the first general textbook on computer programming • Advises using break points in the program so the functioning can be checked 1957
  7. 7. 1949 • Alan Turing proposed that a programmer should make definitive assertions that should pass when run • Not so different from assert_true
  8. 8. 1889 • The first known example of the term bug to describe a system fault • "Mr. Edison, I was informed, had been up the two previous nights discovering 'a bug' in his phonograph - an expression for solving a difficulty, and implying that some imaginary insect has secreted itself inside and is causing all the trouble."
  9. 9. References http://oxforddictionaries.com/us/words/was-the-first-computer-bug-a-real-insect http://www.testingreferences.com/testinghistory.php http://www.softwaretestpro.com/Item/4537/History-of-Ideas-in- Software-Testing/Agile-Performance-Automation-Metrics-Development-Acceptance- Exploratory-Functional-Integration-Process-Software-Strategy-Testing-Teams-Unit- Six-Sigma-selenium-Web

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