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G'Day Developers!

Do you send a "Test Please" email?

Testing is the most critical part. Test, test, test. Don't let client's push you on delivery if there has not been enough testing. The client quickly forgets that you met delivery demands if you have delivered without adequate testing.

All testing that you conduct should be done in a clean and safe environment. As such we always test items using Virtual PC (VPC)

While coding you should always use a lot of unit tests. Unfortunately unit tests only cover the business tiers and the UI layer is too fragile for unit testing and there is no industry standard 3rd party tool to do this.

Who should be testing your products? Your developers or dedicated product testers? For smaller jobs it's ok to use developers who are on the project, but for large jobs you should use dedicated testers. A few tips:

  • We keep a testing schedule because testing should be shared and developers don't love testing
  • We use a different tester each time, for that product, so we get a fresh pair of eyes - we do this by looking at the testing schedule
  • Randomly we have the boss check the testers. He gives a pass or fail on the job the tester did. If the tester doesn't do a good job he stays on the schedule and tests the end product
  • We mention the areas we specifically wanted tested

There are a number of different types of tests that you can perform; these are:

  • Unit Testing
  • White Box Testing
  • Black Box Testing
  • Integration Testing
  • User Acceptance Testing (UAT)

View a sample Test Please Report that we use for all development. This report gets automatically generated with our tool, SSW eXtreme Emails!

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Cheers until next time,
SSW Chief Architect and Microsoft Regional Director, Australia

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