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

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Chapter 28. Exploratory Test Automation: An Example Ahead of Its Time

Harry RobinsonAnn Gustafson Robinson

Harry Robinson and Ann Gustafson Robinson describe Harry’s experiences in doing what seems on the surface like an oxymoron. How can testing be both exploratory and automated? There are a number of requirements to make it possible, but when it can be done, it provides a way to explore test input spaces that are far too large to be tested in any other way. This chapter takes us step by step through Harry’s journey of implementing what has now become known as model-based testing. The effort was far more successful than anyone thought possible at the time, which had an unexpected side effect on Harry’s career! Although this story takes place ...

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