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    difference between exploratory and adhoc testing

    hi all,
    what is the difference between exploratory testing and adhoc testing

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    Re: difference between exploratory and adhoc testing

    It depends. If you take ISTQB or SWEBOK definitions the only difference is that the second pretend that tester has some knowledge of the product already.
    If you take Cem Kaner who defined the term >20 years ago, there is a huge difference. Because he mostly mean exploring quality, not the functionality.
    Please provide your context for this question if you want to get a helpful answer.
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    Re: difference between exploratory and adhoc testing

    Is this an interview question? If it is there is a forum for Interview questions where if you provide some context individuals will try to help you increase your knowledge and understanding.

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    Re: difference between exploratory and adhoc testi

    One of the main difference is the absence of charter/or testing goal in ad-hoc testing. In exploratory testing, you have a charter while you test, you ask specific question before hand to make your testing goal and work towards achieving that. Exploratory testing is also defined as Simultaneous test design and execution. In ad-hoc there is no design.. it is just execution.

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    Re: difference between exploratory and adhoc testi

    Geek, my definitions would be exactly the opposite of yours.

    Which (assuming the relative validity of my opinion) just confirms what has already been said, over and over again -- the pursuit of definitions outside the context of the oganization or group using them is an exercise in futility.

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    Re: difference between exploratory and adhoc testi

    Agree with you peter, that context is important [img]/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] No one is stopping you to have charters, goals and name it as Ad-hoc testing. End of the day, if you are getting good results for the activities you are performing, definitions doesn't matter, right?

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    Re: difference between exploratory and adhoc testi

    In exploratory kind of testing you get familiar with the application and then create test cases and then execute it.

    as in ad-hoc it is just browsing and checking functions.
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    Re: difference between exploratory and adhoc testi

    pari, I'd switch the definitions around, but that is my company's definition and the one I prefer. Most of these tend to be subjective and will always bend towards whatever the company is using for terms.
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    Re: difference between exploratory and adhoc testi

    Again this is a well discussed subject with everyone having there own favourite definitions. Personally, I like Charles Reace's definition given here;

    http://www.sqaforums.com/showflat.ph...art=1&vc=1

    I had also regularly confused 'ad hoc' and 'ad lib' up to this point as well. Now, when trying to write clearly, I avoid latin where possible by using phrases such as 'that is' and 'for example' rather than 'i.e' and 'e.g'.

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    Re: difference between exploratory and adhoc testi

    Ohh....I like that.

    Now its all about the application.
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