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    Add Hoc Testing

    I'm researching "Add Hoc Testing" but i don't have any documents about that. If anybody have document or understand about that, Please share experience. Thanks

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    Re: Add Hoc Testing

    The name is "Ad Hoc" with a single d and if you do a search on "Ad Hoc Testing" in e.g. google you will find plenty of document. You will need to do quite a research as there are no agreement on this term.
    If your research is somehow academic you should refer to www.swebok.org that says “Perhaps the most widely practiced technique remains ad hoc testing”. However it only have 2 sentences out of 10 pages long chapter dedicated to software testing. More over it limits the term to testing technique, while I’ve seen this term to include everything: methodology, strategy, goals, approach...
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    Re: Add Hoc Testing

    Ad hoc is a Latin phrase which means "for this [purpose]." It generally signifies a solution that has been tailored to a specific purpose, such as a tailor-made suit, a handcrafted network protocol or a specific-purpose equation. It can also refer to an improvised and often impromptu event or solution "on an ad-hoc basis".
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad_hoc

    My objection to Ad Hoc testing is that people go for the second definition rather than the 1st.

    Testing that is tailored to a specific purpose can be effective.

    Testing that is impromptu is frequently not well thought out and that lack of focus and purpose can make it much less effective.

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    Re: Add Hoc Testing

    AD-HOC, even when applied as "for this [purpose]" has a McGuyver-lik sense of "quick and dirty" about it. Thus, not only is the test applied to a specific purpose, but it tends to be useless for any other purpose, or in the case of SQA, any other type of problem or 'bug' in the same general code area.
    I try to avoid ad-hoc testing unless an employer absolutely insists on it. Rather, I'll save the ad-hoc for testing certain nasty, buried bugs. For example, I once found a rounding problem in an embedded math package. I developed an ad-hoc ("to a purpose") test that found that if the results were "x.1893" (for example) the result was rounded to "x.17".
    I don't mean to mply that an ad-hoc test doesn't eventually make an important addition to a suite of tests, but only if there is a real, known problem that must be proven to have been fixed. [The math problem, above, was never fixed.]

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    Re: Add Hoc Testing

    Hai gdb, can you expand a bit on that? For many people, ad-hoc mean exactly opposite of what you have explained. If ad-hoc also have some specific purpose, then what is the difference between exploratory and ad-hoc?
    I agree with you that, testing with a specific purpose is more effective. But I usually give it a name of exploratory rather than ad-hoc.

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    Re: Add Hoc Testing

    This thread may help.

    Ad Hoc and Exploratory Testing
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    Re: Add Hoc Testing

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    Rather, I'll save the ad-hoc for testing certain nasty, buried bugs.

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    what does it mean to test a defect?

    testing is a creative process and one should be encouraging their staff to remove rigidity and formality and simply test based on intuition, state of software, etc. Sure, there is a time and a place for solely testing based on documented test cases...very valuable don't get me wrong. However, also remember that when one is executing a formal test case and notices something funny going on and starts investigating, searching, testing based on intuition by default they have now ventured into ad-hoc testing.
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    Re: Add Hoc Testing

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    when one is executing a formal test case and notices something funny going on and starts investigating, searching, testing based on intuition by default they have now ventured into ad-hoc testing.

    [/ QUOTE ]

    I'd call this exploratory, but to each their own.
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