The term “software testing”, especially outside the profession, often relates to the user interface. What buttons does someone push to make sure it “works right”? What will“make it break”? This is true not only when it comes to test execution, but test case design as well.
In modern software projects, this approach won’t be enough. Today’s tester can’t wait until the user interface is fully designed, implemented, and available before writing and executing tests. When complex software systems require multiple testing methodologies to verify and validate, the effect of this waiting period is magnified. A tester must start from another perspective – the data – and carry that perspective throughout every aspect of testing.
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