Automated Software Testing Definitions

  • A

    automated test equipment (ATE)

    Automated test equipment (ATE) is computer-controlled equipment that tests electronic devices for functionality and performance.

  • automated testing

    Automated testing is a process that validates if software is functioning appropriately and meeting requirements before it is released into production.

  • C

    continuous software development

    Continuous software development is a blanket term that covers several aspects of an iterative application development process based on making each change when it is ready, rather than wrapping many changes into large batches.

  • L

    living documentation

    Living documentation is a dynamic method of system documentation that provides information that is current, accurate and easy to understand.

  • S

    smoke testing

    Smoke testing, also called build verification testing or build acceptance testing, is nonexhaustive software analysis that ascertains that the most crucial functions of a program work but does not delve into finer details.

  • synthetic monitoring

    Synthetic monitoring is the use of software to simulate user interaction with a given system rather than simply gathering data about real-world transactions.

  • T

    test harness

    In software development, a test harness is a collection of software and test data used by developers to unit test software models during development.

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