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Experiences of Test Automation: Case Studies of Software Test Automation by Mark Fewster, Dorothy Graham

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Chapter 2. The Ultimate Database Automation

Henri van de Scheur

Henri van de Scheur tells a story that spans half a dozen years, relating what happened when he and his colleagues developed a tool for testing databases in multiple environments. They set good objectives for their automation and a good architecture for the tool. They automated so many tests that they developed a lifecycle for automated tests that included periodic weeding. Tests were run nightly, weekly, or with special scheduling. Despite great success, a number of problems were encountered, and Henri describes them honestly. The development of this database testing tool (now open source) was done in Norway by a small team, over several years, and it achieved a very impressive ...

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