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.

  • M

    mock object

    In object-oriented programming, a mock object is a simulated object that mimics the behavior of the smallest testable parts of an application in controlled ways.

  • model-based testing

    Model-based testing (MBT) requires a test team to create a second, lightweight implementation of a software build- typically only the business logic - called the model.

  • model-driven development (MDD)

    Model-driven development (MDD) is a format to write and implement software quickly, effectively and at minimum cost.

  • N

    native app

    A native application is a software program that is developed for use on a particular platform or device.

  • NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology)

    NIST is the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a unit of the U.S. Commerce Department.

  • NUnit

    NUnit is an evolving, open source framework designed for writing and running tests in Microsoft .NET programming languages... (Continued)

  • O

    obfuscation (obfu)

    Obfuscation, in general, describes a practice that is used to intentionally make something more difficult to understand. In a programming context, it means to make code harder to understand or read.

  • OS commanding

    OS commanding is a method of attacking a Web server by remotely gaining access to the operating system (OS) and then executing system commands through a browser... (Continued)

  • OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project)

    The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is a not-for-profit group that helps organizations develop, purchase, and maintain software applications that can be trusted.

  • OWASP Top Ten

    The OWASP Top Ten is a list of the 10 most dangerous current Web application security flaws, along with effective methods of dealing with those flaws.

  • P

    pair programming

    Pair programming is an Agile technique originating from XP in which two developers team together and work on one computer.

  • pattern (design pattern)

    In software development, a pattern (or design pattern) is a written document that describes a general solution to a design problem that recurs repeatedly in many projects.

  • peer review

    Peer review is a process used for checking the work performed by one's equals (peers) to ensure it meets specific criteria.

  • performance testing

    Performance testing is the process of determining the speed, responsiveness and stability of a computer, network, software program or device under a workload.

  • PERT chart (Program Evaluation Review Technique)

    A PERT chart is a project management tool used to schedule, organize, and coordinate tasks within a project.

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