• Subject: RE: Software testing scripts
  • From: Brian Lawson <blawson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Dec 1997 06:32:12 -0500
  • Organization: HJM Systems, Inc.

Have you considered having the VB program actually send the keystrokes to a 
terminal emulation program and executing the script itself.  I saw one of 
those in action using 32 PC's each emulating 16 session to perform  a 
stress test.

Any interest in further discussion?

Regards,
Brian L.

-----Original Message-----
From:   SCHENCK_DONALD [SMTP:schencd%AM_LZCH%VASELL@mr.mops.wl.com]
Sent:   Thursday, December 04, 1997 3:14 PM
To:     midrange-L@midrange.com
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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