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Linux.com: A Dozen Tips for Testing Free Software

Mar 15, 2007, 12:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"One of the best ways you can participate in the free and open source software (FOSS) revolution is by helping to test software and reporting bugs and issues to project developers to help them improve their code. Even in the wild and woolly, sometimes undisciplined approach to development that we see in FOSS projects, there are ways to test more effectively. Here are more than a dozen tips suggested by testing gurus and developers that can help you become a successful tester.

"When I first began programming in the 1960s, testing was done to prove that code worked. The first big change to that approach came with IBM's Black Team, which took the opposite tack and tried to break the code--an approach that was radical at the time. In the next popular phase, the color of testing changed, and white box testing, in which you know what a program is supposed to do and check that it does it, was all the vogue..."

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