12 Impressive Books Every Tester Should Read
12 Impressive Books Every Tester Should Read
This list of highly-recommended books should give a novice what they need to get started and an expert more tools to work with.
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You might be a hardcore software tester or a newbie who is learning the basics. All of you have one thing in common: a thirst to learn more.
So where should you look for? And what all are reliable and authentic?
Do not worry!
Listed here are some highly-recommended books when it comes to software testing.
1. Foundation of Software Testing by Cem Kaner
For the every newbie tester this book is a must read as it is based on hardcore foundation building. From the easiest to the most difficult, the most important elements of testing like test cases and test case management can be understood by reading this. The best of all is the chapter on the necessity of software testing.
2. Selenium Testing Tools Cookbook by Unmesh Gundecha
Testing procedures related to building and running automated tests for web applications are explained in-depth by this book. For web automation testers, this is the best book to read among all.
3. Software Testing by Ron Patton
All the fundamentals of testing strategies and procedures are explained in this book. This book is basically for the users who want to get the best details with prior knowledge. You get to know about the jargon and basic methodologies that help you to get advanced stuff down the line. It is even the easiest way to find out the most common software testing aspects. After learning the aspects you can easily go for test over web applications, tests for usability, functionality and many other such features.
4. Agile Estimating and Planning by Mike Cohn:
For the people who wish to know about the agile tester, then this book is a must-read. The main focus of this book lies in testing planning methods and cases that can be faced in agile testing. Reading this book will help you to know about Agile Development and how a good plan can be made within a timeframe and the basic tools which are required Agile development
5. A Practical Guide to Testing in DevOps by Katrine Clokie
The changes which keep coming in Agile development are explained with proper explanation in this book. With respect to Agile development, the ways of automation testing and how it can be practiced can be learned from this book.
6. Bug Advocacy by Cem Kaner and Rebecca Fiedler
This book is a great read if you want to find out about the typical bugs which are present and software solutions for them. It even has details on how the bugs can be reported and how main can be introduced. For the learners or practitioners in testing, this book is a great read.
7. The Agile Samurai by Jonathan Rasmusson
What is the Agile world and how can a good agile team be created are questions answered in this book. Modern testers and the importance of understanding customer’s requirements, especially in agile development setting, are also explained in this book. After going through this book you will be able to use agile techniques that will help to meet the customer’s requirements. For people who are practitioners in agile development, this book is a must-have.
8. Implementing Automated Software Testing: How to Save Time and Lower Costs While Raising Quality by Elfriede Dustin, Thom Garrett, Bernie Gauf
As the name explains, this book mainly highlights on why exactly how automation tests work far better than other testings. Even the skills and knowledge required for automation testing are elaborated in this book.
9. Lessons Learned in Software Testing by Cem Kaner
This book is a complete guide to the common mistakes people make when they start up the QA process. This book provides a proper explanation with real examples that will help people to face the problems before they even arise and boost the competence of the test team.
10. Experience of Test Automation by Dorothy Graham & Mark Fewster
This book is a compilation of 28 real-life cases on automation testing together with 14 shorter anecdotes. The experience which is shared by the author will certainly be a great help for people who are working in automation development.
11. A Practitioner’s Guide to Software Test Design by Lee Copeland
This is a detailed book which explains the software test design. All the important test design techniques are present in this book. The format of the book is quite easy to understand. For test engineers, developers, quality assurance professionals and requirements and systems analysts, this book helps them to choose the best test case design, find software defects in less time and with fewer resources. It even helps to develop optimal strategies that help reduce the likelihood of costly errors.
12. How to Break Software: A Practical Guide to Testing by James Whittaker
How to Break Software is far from conventional testing in that a written test plan is prepared by testers and it is further used as a script when testing the software. The techniques present in this book are as flexible as conventional testing is rigid. This bug is a complete guide for people to know about where the bugs are hiding.
Thus these books are amazing for the testers and all of them should be present in their collection.
However, most people find it time-consuming to read books. If you are one among them, there are blogs which can help you learn more about testing. Testbytes has put up a blog section on their website to keeping that in perspective. Have a look.
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