Contrary to popular belief, open source software isn’t written by a couple of disorganised hippies who live in San Jose in California. Many hundreds of thousands of people sit around using the internet to develop high-quality software. At the heart of all top-notch software there is a testing group. Without testing software, it is nothing. Reputations for programmers and multinationals are won or lost if the testing team do not do their job properly. In the world of open source programming you might also find more than a few amateur programmers – people who write software for fun in their spare time.
Beautiful Testing is something that any professional or amateur programmer should read. Leading professionals reveal how they improve software. Microsoft’s Alan Page, who knows a lot about large-scale test automation, shows off some of his best ideas. Scott Barber explains why performance testing needs to be a collaborative exercise – something that open source programmers are good at. With 23 essays written by 27 leading testers and developers, Beautiful Testing is one you should read if you are a software developer or tester. If you go to the O’Reilly website, you can browse the contents of the book. Well worth a look.
This article originally appeared in issue 84 of Linux User & Developer magazine.
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