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Functional Testing Patterns, with Premanand Chandrasekaran

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Functional Testing Patterns, with Premanand Chandrasekaran

Time: January 11, 2012 from 6pm to 8:30pm
Location: Bentley Systems
Street: 685 Stockton Drive
City/Town: Exton, PA 19341
Website or Map: http://g.co/maps/ppsa7
Phone: 215-805-0819
Event Type: guest, speaker, meeting
Organized By: Andre Dhondt
Latest Activity: Jan 11, 2012

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Software teams mostly find themselves working with three broad categories of tests - unit, integration and functional (excluding technology verification test categories like performance, load, stress etc.). Unit tests indicate whether the code is doing things right. Functional tests are complementary to - but quite different from unit tests. Functional tests tell whether the completed application is working correctly and providing the proper functionality. Simply put, unit tests are written from the code developer's perspective, while functional tests are written from the end user's perspective. When they work reliably, functional tests give users, stakeholders and developers confidence that the software meets agreed upon requirements.

In reality, a lot of teams find themselves grappling with perennially failing, hard to understand, slow running tests, which take herculean efforts to maintain while inspiring low confidence in the reliability of the end product. In this talk, we will examine recipes on how to create and maintain a smoothly running suite of functional/acceptance tests that can be reliably used to verify that the software is ready for release.

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