Software Quality Definitions

This glossary explains the meaning of key words and phrases that information technology (IT) and business professionals use when discussing software quality and related products. You can find additional definitions by visiting WhatIs.com or using the search box below.

  • S

    Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC)

    The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC), originally known as the System Performance Evaluation Cooperative, is a consortium of leading computer hardware and software manufacturers that was founded in 1988 with the goal of defining, establishing, maintaining and endorsing benchmarks applicable to computer systems.

  • static verification

    Static verification is the set of processes that analyzes code to ensure defined coding practices are being followed, without executing the application itself.

  • story

    In agile software development, a story is a particular business need assigned to the software development team. (Continued...)

  • stress testing

    Stress testing is the process of determining the ability of a computer, network, program or device to maintain a certain level of effectiveness under unfavorable conditions.

  • structured programming (modular programming)

    Structured programming, sometimes known as modular programming, is a subset of procedural programming that enforces a logical structure on the program being written to make it more efficient and easier to understand and modify.

  • Subversion

    Subversion is a version control system that keeps track of changes made to files and folders (directories), facilitating data recovery and providing a history of the changes that have been made over time... (Continued)

  • 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.

  • system testing

    System testing, also referred to as system-level tests or system-integration testing, is the process in which a quality assurance (QA) team evaluates how the various components of an application interact together in the full, integrated system or application.

  • 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.

  • test-driven development (TDD)

    Test-driven development (TDD), also called test-driven design, is a method of implementing software programming that interlaces unit testing, programming and refactoring on source code.

  • timebox

    In agile software development, a timebox is a defined period of time during which a task must be accomplished. (Continued...)

  • Trusted Computing Group (TCG)

    The Trusted Computing Group (TCG) is a not-for-profit organization that was formed in 2003 to define, develop and promote security specifications for computers and networks...(Continued)

  • U

    UML (Unified Modeling Language)

    UML (Unified Modeling Language) is a standard notation for the modeling of real-world objects as a first step in developing an object-oriented design methodology.

  • unit testing

    Unit testing is a software development process in which the smallest testable parts of an application, called units, are individually and independently scrutinized for proper operation. Unit testing is often automated but it can also be done manually.

  • use case

    A use case is a methodology used in system analysis to identify, clarify, and organize system requirements.

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