4.10. Exercises

  1. Refer to Figure 4.26.

    • What isolation steps should you perform?

    • In addition to missing isolation, there are at least three improvements needed to bring this report in line with the 10-step process outlined earlier. Identify them.

    • The calculator is exhibiting this behavior in the binary, octal, and hexadecimal modes because it apparently works in an integer-only fashion in these modes. (Note that division causes truncation of the remainder, too.) If the decimal key (".") were properly grayed out, would that be a sufficient indication of an integer-only mode? Explain your reasoning.

    • What is the appropriate severity and priority for this bug?

    • If you have two or more people available, have a bug triage discussion about this bug.

  2. Using either exploratory testing or the test cases you created in Chapter 3, find a functionality bug in an application or utility running on your PC or workstation. (Sadly, this will not be hard.)

    • Write a bug report following the 10-step process outlined in this chapter.

    • Have a colleague or fellow student review your bug report. How many changes did you make based on the review?

    • Repeat steps 2.a and 2.b for a user interface or usability bug.

  3. Figure 4.27 shows a fancy workflow (life cycle) from an automated bug tracking tool.[] A well-suited bug reporting workflow fits into the organizational context in which the project occurs, and therefore looking at the workflow can tell you a lot about the organization's team structure (i.e., org chart) or at least ...

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