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A Practical Guide to Testing Object-Oriented Software by David A. Sykes, John D. McGregor

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Complementary Strategies for Selecting Test Cases

There are two possible avenues for selecting test cases for the system. One approach is to think about the types of defects that a product might contain and write test cases to find them. A second approach is to determine how the system will be used and build test cases that take it through its paces. In the following sections we will describe each technique and discuss how we use them together for an effective test strategy. Ultimately, we use the second approach to determine how many test cases to apply to each use case and then use the first approach to guide the selection of the test cases for maximum defect-finding power.

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