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Securing PHP Web Applications by William Ballad, Tricia Ballad

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14 Introduction to Automated Testing

At this point, you’ve probably gotten your application working and eliminated most of the big security holes in your code. Congratulations—that’s a huge step! Before you rip yourself away from the keyboard for a well-deserved break, there’s one last thing you need to take care of: testing your application.

We know—it’s not the most glamorous part of programming. Let’s be honest: Most programmers consider testing a royal pain in the neck and a task to be handed off to someone—anyone—else. That’s what this chapter is all about: delegating the hassle and monotony of running tests to the computer. Let’s face it; humans are great programmers, but we’re pretty lousy at doing repetitive, monotonous ...

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