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    is there any language for test design?

    hi all,

    i have been sick of writting test case in nature language, is there any formal language for testers to design test case? and if not,i wander why, it's difficult? impossible? or not valuable?


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    Re: is there any language for test design?

    Why not write tests in "natural language"? That way, you don't have to necessarily be a seasoned tester in order to run a test.

    There is no "testing language" that I am aware of.

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    Re: is there any language for test design?

    You know, I am surprised that there isn't. At least I have never seen one. Developers have several development languages like PDL(programmers development language) which is similar to "C" but not compilable. Maybe if there's a market for it, we should create one. That way, even manual testers will have to learn a language...Ha!

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    Re: is there any language for test design?

    Writing a test script is like writing any program. You choose the language and call it "Your testing language"
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    Re: is there any language for test design?

    Why not use UML for describing test procedures??
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    Re: is there any language for test design?

    Take a look at the http://unitesk.com/

    These tools use extentions of programming languages that allow for writing constrains in formal notation.

    May be it is slightly different from what you asked for - a formal language for test cases. But to develop test cases you may use usual programming language. It is imperative approach.

    At the same time UniTesK tools suggest features for declarative description of expected functionality that is more appropriate for describing constrains and requirements.

    Sometimes imperative test case development is shorted and faster, othertimes declarative description is shorter and faster. It depends on the nature of the system under test. Try both approaches and use them in pertinent places.

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    Re: is there any language for test design?

    In our review meeting, i often explain too much about the details of my test case ,such as what means of the test data, why i choose these steps..... often it's things related to test technique. so i think a "testing language" can be helpful. and if all testers use the same language, it will be easy to study others' test design.

    i wish a language for testers emerge someday. [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

    best regards,
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    Re: is there any language for test design?

    Hello lemon,

    In explaining a testcase I have always found it helpful to divide the development of a test into three phases:
    logical testcase (= WHAT am I trying to achieve)
    physical testcase (= HOW am I trying to do this)
    testdata (= ADD LIFE to the testcase)

    This breakdown helps, since the users/testers, at least in my opinion, want to move too quick to the HOW, without having completely figured out the WHAT.

    Although this is not the test language you are asking for, I hope that this approach will help you channel their questions, if not reduce them.

    Although, as it presents a modus operandi, you could see it as a language.

    Good luck & Best regards

    Cor van Rijn

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    Re: is there any language for test design?

    hi all,

    thank u for your kind response. it's very helpful to me.

    regards

    lemon

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    Re: is there any language for test design?

    Originally posted by Logician:
    Hello lemon,

    In explaining a testcase I have always found it helpful to divide the development of a test into three phases:
    logical testcase (= WHAT am I trying to achieve)
    physical testcase (= HOW am I trying to do this)
    testdata (= ADD LIFE to the testcase)

    Cor van Rijn
    <font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica">Hi Cor,

    I guess this terminology comes from TestFrame?
    More generally we talk about Test Specification which has indeed 3 steps:
    - Analysis (in which we create a test design specification)
    - Design (in which we implement the test design spec and create a test case spec)
    - Build (in which we use the test case spec and create the test procedures).

    The perfect mapping to what you explained.
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