CSE 7314/5314 (Fall 2023): Additional Books/References

Other Useful Books

The following books might be good additional reading if you want to explore further, or in more depth, the topics covered in our main textbook. They also offer different perspectives and a "second opinion" on various topics. I provide some general comments to relate each to our class.

Books on Testing, general

  1. Boris Beizer, "Software Testing Techniques, 2nd edition", International Thomson Computer Press, 1990.
    - A classic on software testing techniques, suitable for in-depth discussions of specific testing models and related techniques. Most relevant to various coverage-based testing topics.

  2. Paul Ammann and Jeff Offutt, "Introduction to Software Testing", Cambridge University Press, 2008.
    - A good alternative to Beizer book above, and actually more suitable as a textbook instead of a reference book due to its genesis. Coverage criteria play a central role in this textbook, and therefore it is more relevant to various coverage-based testing topics we "cover" in our class.

  3. Paul C. Jorgensen, "Software Testing: A Craftsman's Approach", 3rd edition, Auerbach Publications, 2008.
    - Another comprehensive alternative to the books above. A feature I particularly liked is the parts on pre-req (Part I: A Mathematical Context) and some recent development (Part VI: Millennium Testing, which includes exploratory testing, use-case-based testing, and test-driven development).

  4. Rex Black, "Pragmatic Software Testing", Wiley, 2007.
    - A good companion to the other Rex Black book below, and a more "pragmatic" alternative to the two books above, still with good coverage of "technical" aspects often missing in books claim to be "practical" or "pragmatic".

  5. James A. Whittaker, "How to Break Software", Addison-Wesley, 2002.
    - According to the message on the back cover, this is "a very applied and non-rigid approach", test "on the fly", and a "nose for where bugs are hiding". Should be enjoyable reading for many, especially as an alternative/companion to more traditional testing books (either the type focuses on "systematic" testing techniques or on formalized processes).

  6. William E. Perry, "Effective Methods for Software Testing, 3rd Edition", Wiley, 2006.
    - "Includes Complete Guidelines and Checklists" was printed on the title page, and it is truly "complete" in just under 1000 pages. Besides the core "7-step testing process", there is also good coverage about testing competencies, environments, specializations, and agility.

Books on Testing, more specialized

  1. Robert Binder, "Testing Object-Oriented Systems: Models, Patterns, and Tools", Addison-Wesley, 1999.
    - Very comprehensive, with 1100+ pages (longest book on our list). Good reference, not just limited to OO testing.

  2. John D. McGregor and David A. Sykes, "A Practical Guide to Testing Object-Oriented Systems", Addison-Wesley, 2001.
    - Another book on OO testing, with an emphasis on being "practical", and organized around OO systems (classes, interactions, hierarchies, distributed objects, and then systems).

  3. Ken Beck, "Test-Driven Development", Addison-Wesley, 2003.
    - If you are into agile development or extreme programming (XP), this should be part of the basic resources for you.

  4. Rex Black, "Critical Testing Processes" Addison-Wesley, 2004.
    - More of an operational/managerial perspective on testing, breaking down testing into four major steps (4Ps: plan/prepare/perform/perfect). Works well in combination with our main textbook.

  5. Gerald D. Everett and Raymond McLeod Jr., "Software Testing: Testing Across the Entire Software Development Life Cycle", Wiley, 2007.
    - Life cycle perspective: Fitting testing into the overall software development life cycle. -- Just as the subtitle accurately indicated. More suitable for managers and some practitioners.

  6. Bart Broekman and Edwin Notenboom, "Testing Embedded Software", Addison-Wesley, 2003.
    - Well, it might be suitable students in industries dealing with embedded systems, such as aerospace, automotive, etc. Very much domain-specific, complement the technical focus in our main textbook.

  7. Lydia Ash, "Web Testing Companion: The Insider's Guide to Efficient and Effective Tests", John Wiley and Sons, 2003.
    - As the title implies, it's about Web testing. Much more domain-specific than technically focused. A nice reference for Web testers and researchers (well, our team did benefit from this book in our research on Web testing and quality/reliability assurance).

  8. Jeffrey Rubin and Dana Chisnell, "Handbook of Usability Testing: How to Plan, Design and Conduct Effective Tests, 2nd Edition", Wiley, 2008.
    - Actually, it is also closely related to another SMU course, CSE 8317 User Interface Design. Usability testing is an integral part of design for usability. This book covers the whole spectrum of activities related to this.

  9. Elfriede Dustin, Jeff Rashka, and John Paul, "Automated Software Testing: Introduction, Management, and Performance", Addison-Wesley, 1999.
    - "Automated" must involve tools, and the chapter on tool evaluation/selection, and the survey of tools in the appendix are particularly useful.

Books on Testing and Beyond

  1. Boris Beizer, "Software System Testing and Quality Assurance", Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1984.
    - Older book than the testing techniques book by the same author, but more comprehensive, with the final two chapters on QA, not just testing.

  2. Mauro Pezze and Michal Young, "Software Testing and Analysis: Process, Principles, and Techniques", Wiley, 2009.
    - Comprehensive coverage of the three things they mentioned about testing, but presented in the altered order of principles, techniques (and models), and process. Nice reference, but related topics might thread through several different parts.

  3. Robert Culbertson, Chris Brown, and Gary Cobb, "Rapid Testing", Prentice-Hall, 2002.
    - More comprehensive than the title implies, particularly in the "static testing" part, which includes metrics, formal reviews, checklists, audits, inspections, formal verification, theorem proofs, requirements traceability, symbolic execution, etc. covered in "other QA" and elsewhere of our main textbook. Emphasizes streamlining of test planning, execution, and reporting.

  4. William E. Lewis, Software Testing and Continuous Quality Improvement", Auerbach, 2000.
    - If you are interested in testing in software maintenance environment, this is a unique book for you, although it also covers testing in the "development" lifecycle and other topics.

Books on QA and other Quality Related Topics, not Limited to Testing

  1. Shari Lawrence Pfleeger, Les Hatton and Charles C. Howell, "Solid Software", Prentice-Hall, 2004
    - The topics covered resemble the QA part (Ch. 1, 2, 6, 7, 13-17) in this class, but from the perspective of safety-critical systems point of view, i.e., quality assurance for safety-critical systems.

  2. John Musa, "Software Reliability Engineering", McGraw-Hill, 1998. or
    John Musa, "Software Reliability Engineering: More Reliable Software Faster and Cheaper, 2nd Edition", (order info at http://members.aol.com/JohnDMusa), AuthorHouse.
    - The original title "Software Reliability Engineered Testing" relates more to this class: A book on statistical testing with Musa's operational profiles as the usage models to achieve the goals of "More Reliable Software Faster and Cheaper. Most relevant to our usage-based statistical testing topics.

  3. Michael R. Lyu, editor, "Handbook of Software Reliability Engineering", McGraw-Hill, 1995.
    The entire book is now online
    - Besides general coverage on software reliability engineering, this books also include issues such as defect analysis (ODC chapter by Chillarege), metrics for reliability, operational profile (Chapter by Musa) and usage-based statistical testing, etc.

  4. Stephen H. Kan, "Metrics and Models in Software Quality Engineering, 2/e", Addison-Wesley, 2002. ISBN 0-201-72915-6.
    - A lot of models and practical information from a former IBMer. Most comprehensive book of its kind.

Other References (Papers)

Prepared by Jeff Tian (tian@lyle.smu.edu).
Posted: Aug. 23, 2023. Last update: Aug. 23, 2023.

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