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How We Test Software at Microsoft® by Alan Page, Ken Johnston, and Bj Rollison

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Chapter 16. Building the Future

Alan Page

Software testing is still a relatively new discipline when compared with software development. Companies such as the Computer Usage Corporation (CUC) and Applied Data Research (ADR) started business in the 1950s and provided systems software and applications for computer manufacturers and business users. At that time, testing and debugging were synonymous, and both activities were entirely the programmer’s job. In later years, testing became a separate activity, transforming roles from the acts of “bug finding” and verifying that the software satisfied the requirements to activities of finding errors and measuring quality.

For the most part, software testing is still an act of verifying software functionality ...

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