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    Difference Between Sanity and Smoke Web Testing.

    Hi all,

    Hope you all will be fine and doing well. I want to prepare a list of differences between Sanity and Smoke testing, specially in case of web testing. I will appreciate your participation and knowledge sharing on this topic.

    Thanks a lot.
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    Re: Difference Between Sanity and Smoke Web Testing.

    I think that is a question of semantics, and I have seen Organizations use the them interchangeably.

    Both of them denote a short test that will give you a high-level perspective of the state of your AUT (regardless if it is Web or not).
    Mostly I use SMOKE testing when I suspect there may be problematic areas, and this fast test helps me locate these areas where to do go deep into the App. Sanity, I use when referring to tests I run just to make sure all is good and there are no last minute surprises. Like after uploading a new revision to your site, or testing the CD after if was burned and before it is distributed to your customers.

    Again, I see them as the same test level with 2 different names, at least in the places I work and interact.
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    Re: Difference Between Sanity and Smoke Web Testing.

    Usually, both terms refer to quick tests, of the main portions of the system, avoiding in-depth testing, to see if it is basically operating as expected. In many companies, the terms are used interchangeably.

    Sometimes the specific intent of these tests are different. For example, in some companies, a Smoke Test is more of a regression test, and Sanity Test is more of a simple test of new features.

    I'm not sure I've ever heard that these terms have special or modified meaning when referring specifically to Web Testing.

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    Re: Difference Between Sanity and Smoke Web Testing.

    Thanks for consideration. I got my point clear as in my point of view, they are same in some areas and different is some areas (depend upon the nature of UAT and process). So, it is clear that there is not any big and major difference between these two.

    Thanks for help me out.

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    Re: Difference Between Sanity and Smoke Web Testing.

    I agree with the feedback here but would like to add a point. While they may legitimately be used interchangeably, if both terms are in use in your enterprise, it would be good to either define the difference, or eliminate one of them.

    This is helpful for new hires as well as the contractors that would like to have a short ramp-up and it also helps non-technical managerial staff who don't want to ask about the difference lest they look stupid.

    For another fun discussion ask about the difference between verification and validation! >

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    Re: Difference Between Sanity and Smoke Web Testing.

    Hi,
    The functionlity of both smoke and sanity testing is same but the diff is that befor send any build form dev site to testing side the developer team test the same build test by the dev tean like the test unit testing and the same thing did by the test team after taking the build form the dev team, in both testing the checke mainly eight thing like whether build is automationable, stable, portable, compatible, etc..

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    Re: Difference Between Sanity and Smoke Web Testing.

    Food for thought...

    A Smoke test is a predefined set of regression tests hitting critical paths. Usually the smoke test is reviewed and approved by others on the team. The smoke test may be expanded upon as the application develops and is usually a good candidate for automation. This provides the company visibility into consistent QA practices.

    A Sanity test is based on a testerís knowledge and judgment of critical paths or new features and functionality. It provides coverage when an application is being rapidly developed with new features and functionality.

    At a small company I ran into the following problem:
    The Sanity test was executed by a tester hitting functionality through one path. The CTO hits the same functionality through a different path. The CTO ran into a failure and asked QA why they didn't find it?
    We found out what his expectations were, and then QA implemented a smoke test to provide consistent visibility into our QA process. At the same time we ran a sanity check on new features and functions as they arrived.
    Everyone was happy in the end.
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    Re: Difference Between Sanity and Smoke Web Testing.

    All you ever wanted to know along with plenty to argue, disargue, cuss, and discuss:
    http://www.sqaforums.com/showflat.ph...age=0&vc=1

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    Re: Difference Between Sanity and Smoke Web Testing.

    Thanks Jake, I got those useful links and question/answer sessions.

    Thanks to all of the participants.
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    Re: Difference Between Sanity and Smoke Web Testing.

    Smoke testing is the set of test cases which we execute
    whenever we are getting a new build , smoke test is used to
    verify that a build is testable on the basis of the test
    execution status of the smoke test cases.we can reject the
    build . there is no need to further test if the execution
    is unsatisfactory smoke test saves time in testing
    cycle.These test cases include the basic test cases which
    include installation and basic functionality.

    Sanity test cases is the test of major and critical
    fundtionality test cases like navigation authentications .
    Sanity testing is a one time job for application .
    smoke testing is performed everytime we get a new build of
    the same application.
    Computers make very fast, very accurate mistakes
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