Web Testing Core Fundamentals



Placing a new system in live operation or modifying an existing one can oftenlead to unwanted surprises. With incompatible browsers, new tools, rapidlychanging technologies, and uncooperative web sites, the end result of your hardwork can be a guessing game. This course will help you minimize the risks,whether launching a new application or an entire web site.

Gain a thorough understanding of how to test the basic controls, content,navigability, and features of your web site or e-commerce application in aworkable, real-world environment. This information-packed course will expose youto ideas and techniques that you can incorporate immediately, all offered tohelp you streamline every aspect of your testing process, assuring on-timedelivery with a solid product.


System testers, Q&A engineers, web developers, software engineers, systems analysts, web site administrators, project leaders, database administrators, web masters, Internet specialists, programmers, web database developers

Learning Objectives

  • Establish and manage a web-based development & testing lab
  • Test features, content, and navigability
  • Implement software tools and techniques you can immediately integrateinto your web-based systems testing
  • Test in an interactive, rapidly evolving delivery framework
  • Prepare for responsive change behavior
  • Test web applications that utilize .NET, XML, HTML, J2EE, UDDI, Tibco,Apache TomCat, Websphere, Cold Fusion, SAPNetWeaver and other technologies
  • Check the adequacy of security controls, minimizing vulnerabilities andthreats (security)
  • Test the usability of your application interfaces
  • Assess the response time, throughput, and availability (loadperformance/stress)
  • Ensure systems work with all users' browsers and platforms(compatibility)
  • Conduct tests to determine the user-friendliness of your web site, andsignificantly reduce user errors and confusion

1. Overview of Web-Based Application Testing

  • A framework for testing web-based applications and services
  • Web-based testing and quality issues
  • Web site testing approach
  • Web-based application testing checklist
  • Web page test script checklist

2. Basic Web Site Testing Techniques

  • Testing features and content
  • Testing process flows, navigability and links
  • Positive/negative and boundary value testing
  • Risk-based testing
  • Exploratory testing
  • Common sources of errors

3. Testing in an Iterative, Rapid-Application Development World

  • Stability and change management
  • Component re-use and integration testing
  • Coordinating development and testing
  • Change and regression testing
    • Testing changes
    • Re-testing unaffected features after changes

4. Establishing and Managing the Web-Based Test Lab

  • Equipment and facilities needed
  • Test tools
  • Test case libraries
  • Test processes and support tools
  • Change control-software and facilities

5. Compatibility Testing

  • Browser, operating system, and database compatibility
  • Hardware and network compatibility
  • Checking compliance with standards
  • Consideration for Open Source, Public Domain Components

6. Performance, Load, and Stress Testing

  • Determining what to measure
  • Developing the benchmarks (test workloads)
  • Load and stress testing
  • Scalability testing
  • Duration or endurance testing
  • Performance test checklist

7. Robustness Testing

  • Testing for 24/7 availability
  • Identifying hazards and threats
  • Error detection and recovery testing
  • Simulating threats in the test environment
  • Testing degraded modes of operation
  • A rainy day checklist for robustness testing
  • Effect of Scope Limitations on Globally Exposed Web Solutions

8. Usability and Interaction Testing

  • Demographics of the population of visitors
  • What makes a web site usable
  • Testing for web usability
  • The system usability scale
  • Design suggestions for usability
  • International visitors (Nationalization Issues)

9. Maintainability

  • What makes a web site maintainable
  • Reviewing and evaluating maintainability
  • Making prudent changes (without breaking other areas)
  • Engineering with Sustainability, Testing with Testability, SustainmentSetting

10. Integration Testing

  • System interfaces
  • Database interaction and integration
  • Testing the integration of front-ends with legacy systems

11. Infrastructure Testing

  • Infrastructure testing approach
  • Infrastructure integrity testing
  • Infrastructure test script checklist
  • Infrastructure back-up and recovery testing
  • Interesting Web Supported Connections (VoIP, Connective Interplay,Webcasting, Web-Simulated Remote Invocation, Surveillance...do you have others?)

12. Security Controls Testing

  • Sources and types of security threats
  • Reviewing and evaluating the security controls
  • Security and controls testing checklist
  • Testing code security
  • Virus controls

13. Automated Tools for Web-Based Testing

  • Functions of automated test tools and what to acquire
  • Why automate testing?
  • Assessing readiness for test automation
  • Automated test tool disadvantages
  • Resource impact of automation
  • Hypertext link checkers
  • Load or stress testing tools
  • Compatibility checking tools
  • Network monitoring tools and services

14. Monitoring Service Levels in Live Operation

  • Measuring and response time, throughput, and availability
  • Monitoring resource utilization
  • Evaluation user satisfaction