It's that time of year where my organization wants to spend the remaining money in its budget, and an email got sent to me asking if I wanted any technical textbooks. Does anyone have any recommendations on essential books on quality assurance and/or software testing? I'm familiar with a few titles from previous jobs -- Testing Computer Software by Kaner, Falk, and Nguyen; Software Testing Fundamentals by Hutcheson; Software Testing Techniques by Beizer -- but my information may be a few years out of date. I know this is a somewhat open-ended question; my apologies in advance!
Here is my list of book suggestions but I would like to put it in context. I work in a Java shop that uses Subversion. The test team uses ANT, JUnit, JMeter, and HttpUnit to meet its automation objectives. We range in experience from beginner to 12 year veteran. If your team is more experienced and your workplace is not Java based then many of these books will not apply. Here is the list of books in the library that are most dog-eared.
<u>Lessons Learned in Software Testing</u> by Cem Kaner, James Bach, Bret Pettichord
<P align=center>Many thanks to Tony Davis for compiling this list.</P>
The following list of books has been compiled through discussion threads on the SQA Forums site. Criteria for entry on this list were decided on the following factors:</P>
<LI>Cost – Less than $75 USD. This did exclude some excellent materials, but when it is usually the individual purchasing the books to further their knowledge, a limit was set.</LI>
<LI>Generality – Must be a general knowledge area and not a specific area of testing. Items like "Testing SAP Solutions" would be to constrained in the information provided to cross technical areas of testing.</LI>
<LI>Level if Interest – Items are from an entry/fresher level of perspective on the areas of involvement. This means that anyone who has no prior knowledge can learn something from the list of books in this document. It doesn’t mean that people who have been in the field for years won’t gain anything from reading the books listed, but it is not the primary focus.</LI>