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Black Box Testing

Black-box testing is a method of software testing that examines the functionality of an application without peering into its internal structures or workings.

black box testing

 

Black-box testing is a method of software testing that examines the functionality of an application without peering into its internal structures or workings. This method of test can be applied to virtually every level of software testing: unit, integration, system and acceptance. It typically comprises most if not all higher level testing, but can also dominate unit testing as well.

 

TEST PROCEDURES

 

Specific knowledge of the application's code/internal structure and programming knowledge in general is not required. The tester is aware of what the software is supposed to do but is not aware of how it does it. For instance, the tester is aware that a particular input returns a certain, invariable output but is not aware of how the software produces the output in the first place.

 

Test cases

 

Test cases are built around specifications and requirements, i.e., what the application is supposed to do. Test cases are generally derived from external descriptions of the software, including specifications, requirements and design parameters. Although the tests used are primarily functional in nature, non-functional tests may also be used. The test designer selects both valid and invalid inputs and determines the correct output without any knowledge of the test object's internal structure.

 

Test design technique

 

Typical black-box test design techniques include:

 

·        Decision table testing

 

·        All-pairs testing

 

·        State transition analysis

 

·        Equivalence partitioning

 

·        Boundary value analysis

 

·        Cause–effect graph

 

·        Error guessing

 

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