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Test case development & management using database?
Writing new and maintaining test case documentation can be a pain if you have a lot of test areas to cover, no formal company standard for documentation template, etc.
And it can be a pain when and if you have to port the test case data from one template format to another.
So I was thinking it would be nice to store the test case data in a database, then have a tool or the template itself pull the data into the template to be saved as a file whenever a test needs to be executed. This way, the template could easily be changed without much porting of the existing tests over to the new template. And test data can be more easily modified concurrently using the database as part of the version control (as opposed to Excel + file server or other version control scheme).
The template itself could be Excel, MS Word doc, HTML webpage, PDF, etc.
Anyone know if there is such a solution (preferably open source or free) out there so that I wouldn't have to build it from scratch?
Re: Test case development & management using database?
There are many Test Management tools out there,
Checkout XQual, as well as several options under sourceforge.
My suggestion is to have an application which also stores System Requirements, as we should derive our test out of those, and verify traceability & complete coverage.
There are several sites which offer comparisons between existing tools (you may find a basic list at XQual site), some sites are specific for freeware.