• Subject: RE: Software testing scripts
  • From: "Kempter, Eric" <EKempter@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 05 Dec 97 10:15:00 PST


Sounds interesting Don.  I would be interested in trying your program   
once it is completed.  My company must adhere to FDA rules and   
regulations which includes a lot of documentation and testing.  Any   
program that would assist us with  documentation and, or testing would be   
helpful!

Eric Kempter
Sr. Programmer/Analyst
E-Mail: EKempter@smsocs.com


 -----Original Message-----
From: midrange-l-owner [SMTP:midrange.com!midrange-l-owner@mcs.com]
Sent: Thursday, December 04, 1997 4:14 PM
To: midrange-L
Subject: Software testing scripts

All --

My current client manufactures pharmaceuticals, and therefore software   
testing
is very important. To this end, they prepare a "test script" for each   
program;
a step-by-step checklist.

Theoretically, this is an _exhaustive_ test; as exhaustive as reasonably
possible. In reality, a lot gets missed.

Creating the script is a real time-consuming hassle. Basically, a   
programmer
(me at this point!) must go through the program, attempt everything, and
record
every action. That log, in turn, must be converted into a script. Believe   
you
me, it's VERY involved.

Today, while musing about this, I was able to develop a "model" for the   
"Work
With..."-type of program. This model will allow me to develop a Visual   
Basic
program that will prompt the user for information about the program and
automagically generate a test script in a Microsoft Word document. This   
script
will be VERY exhaustive, covering all possible combinations of keying
possibilities, function keys, etc.

(Note: it will NOT cover every possibility of entries; that would be   
humanly
impossible. But it covers all error conditions such as valid versus   
invalid
data -- not every possible invalid _value_)

I'm excited about this program, and hopefully I'll find the time this   
weekend
to write it.

Is this something that appeals to anyone else? Does anyone else write   
test
scripts?

 -- Don "how about a script for test?" Schenck

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