Test, Test and Test Again


I wrote about the upcoming test marathon for Apache Derby 10.2 here.

Good products always involve great testing efforts.

This goes back to the early years of the industry.

General Motors board, in the first couple of decades of the 20th centry, implemented a plan for its famous GM Testing Grounds because the copper-cooled engine produced less than satisfactory results and because the importance of quality control in gaining market share was very, very visible to GM leaders.

In software industry, tests have been a main-stay. Notice the ratio of testers to developers at Microsoft as outlined by Michael Cusumano in his books.

Quality and testing, while sometimes taken for child's play by some developers, involves a very high art that imposes discipline, good, repeatable results and acceptability constraints.


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