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Establishing conformity & quality tests

By brown ·
When considering using internal and third party developed software it is highly desirable to be able tpo test them in a standard manner...but....
How do you establish conformity and quality tests for Java based software ?

Although there are a lot of tests for Java, J2EE, beans, XML, etc. in the public domain, the majority of them require a conformity to certain, specifc, standards that require conformity for the test to work properly.

The issue is that there does not appear to be a consensus as to the standards that would be acceptable to individual developers or as to the "best of breed" of individual tests.

I would be grateful for views as to:
- What standards would be generally acceptable for requiring devlopers to conform to ?
- What tests existing the the public or commercial domains that are considered effective for testing either conformity or quality
- What people consider the "best of breed" in the testing arena

many thanks

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by noodle In reply to Establishing conformity & ...

- What standards would be generally acceptable for requiring devlopers to conform to ?
Compatibility with a few of the latest versions of Netscape and Internet Explorer if
its web based. If its a stand alone app
it should follow the Standard set by the released version of the development language
and run concurrently with the basic apps found on each current iteration of the platform/os developed for without insane memory requirements, Insecure data transmissions , and should be able to survive various OS patches for the version it's written for.

- What tests existing the the public or commercial domains that are considered effective for testing either conformity or quality.
You'll find source code review systems for
most all popular languages, like jperf for Java, SoftICE for Windows etc. These tools look for null pointers unused handle, unfreed
resource usage, things like that. usally the most strict setting would scare off any developers, and the lowest being well useless. Your developers should be familiar with a code review tool for that language, and know what level of checking they can handle, if not Start at the tuffest and move down till they stop turning pale from the report. Running a couple of levels higher just to reveal weakness and then black box testing the area for reproduceable bugs.
Won't bother any developers.
- What people consider the "best of breed" If an application can run on major and minor versions of the OS it's intended for without any hardware upgrades , and coexist with some less friendly applications without data loss that great.

I(as of late) have been testing mainly Web Based apps. I use bobby to test compatibility across browsers like NS, MSIE, AOL, WebTV. If your web pages can get the Bobby Approval for compatibility then that
is a best of Breed. Hope this helps.

( http://www.cast.org/bobby)

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