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    Re: Definitive QA Glossary Of Terms....

    QAI is attempting to standarize terms as are other QA industry companies. I don't think there is one right or wrong set of accronym definitions yet.

    I actually was trying to compile one last year myself, but my project kind of fizzled.

    Yes, companies do have their idea or definition of many terms. A couple I've run into are "System Testing" and "Unit Testing". It's surprising how many definitions there are for those two terms.

    Sorry, I guess the answer from me anyway, I don't know....

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    Re: Definitive QA Glossary Of Terms....

    wakefia

    The best I have come across is IEEE set of definitions. Out of all the commercial standards I find them the best.

    There is alot of propriatory defintions out there and alot of organisations claim to be world leaders in all sorts of stuff from OO to RAD, etc... It can be very confusing, espcially for someone starting out in the industry. I suggest any definitions you come across you analyse for the source...is it a company proprietary definition or is it Industry Body or is it a regulatory authority.

    For example IBM have a FLT methodology
    Rational has RUP

    These are proprietary. Where OO and RAD are not. In the telecomiunications there will be alot of definitions that are sourced back to regulatory authorities (which I suggest you don't argue with). The defence world again has its own set of definitions.

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    Definitive QA Glossary Of Terms....

    Does anyone know of a "definitive" glossary of QA terms online?. I've searched the web, but there is none. It seems every QA/Dev shop has a different meaning for its own type of testing...E.g. System testing, end-to-end testing, stress testing, stability testing, fail-over testing, user acceptance testing. Any ideas anyone?

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    Re: Definitive QA Glossary Of Terms....

    I know of many glossaries, but none is 'definative', and that is part of a problem many of us have discussed in these forums. It would be helpful to have standardized definitions of some basic testing terms available and used throughout our profession, and would likely eliminate many of the arguements that occur on a purely semantical level.

    Many organizations have attempted to standardize, including IEEE, but for whatever reason, these terms have not been adopted industry-wide in all cases. At least some of this, in my opinion, is due to the fact that testing is so critical on the context of a given project and environment. Certain terms, however, would benefit from a more across-the-board usage.

    At any rate, some additional sites that might help:
    http://wombat.doc.ic.ac.uk/foldoc/
    http://www.philosophe.com/reference/terms.html
    http://www.soft.com/Technology/glossary.html

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    Re: Definitive QA Glossary Of Terms....

    Look at this one http://www.geocities.com/xtremetesting/ it is the best software testing dictionary on WEB

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    Re: Definitive QA Glossary Of Terms....

    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by GreyCat:
    it is the best software testing dictionary on WEB

    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Keeping in mind that the person saying so is the owner of the site...

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    Re: Definitive QA Glossary Of Terms....

    Yes, can you give me the better URL?

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    Re: Definitive QA Glossary Of Terms....

    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by GreyCat:
    Yes, can you give me the better URL?

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    Personally? I use the IEEE references mentioned by Robert most often, as well as the definitions at the links I provided.

    In a general sense, however, declaring your own 'the best' is sort of like a Mercury salesperson saying "WinRunner is the best automated tool available" - not exactly the most unslanted opinion.

    As with most things in Testing and Quality, "best" is a subjective term that depends on the context in which something is used. If looking for 'standard' definitions, going with a source such as IEEE is the "best" answer, as they are one of the major standards organizations available. If looking for *cited* resources, then the FOLDOC is a better solution, as they site references for many of the definitions offered.
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    Re: Definitive QA Glossary Of Terms....

    1. I do not sell it
    2. I have definitions that they have not
    3. It would be very kind of you to try to find any type of test that was missed in the dictionary.



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    Re: Definitive QA Glossary Of Terms....

    You're missing my point.

    An example, for final comment on this.

    Your definition of Load Testing (or in the case of your site, a "Load Stress Test"):

    Load stress test. A test is design to determine how heavy a load the application can handle.

    Enough said.


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