So you have decided you want to implement a more formal approach to testing your software, but don’t really know where to begin. In this article I will outline a basic structure of the software testing process, including some tips for test case writing, and suggestions for some tools to use in testing. There is no one set process that works for all types of projects or for all teams, so I’m hoping this will get you started, and you can adapt the process to fit your own needs.
When doing a little reading about how to test software you will quickly find that there are a lot ways to test software with a lot of different terms used. In this article I will give a brief overview of the various types of testing commonly used in Software Testing, as well as provide advice on when each type of testing is appropriate.
As most Java developers have come to realize, one of the most challenging aspects of developing cross-platform Java applications, is how to deploy them, in the most native way possible, to their various target platforms e.g. Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. There are several commercial solutions available, but these cost in the range of $500 to $2000, which may be a bit steep for an independent software developer. In this article, I will provide an overview of how I approached this problem, while developing PWMinder, using a combination of open source tools; and I hope this will provide a framework for those of you facing similar issues.