8.2. Testing Tools

Besides the hardware required for a test system, software is necessary. In this regard, the tester can pursue a course anywhere along a continuum between two extreme strategies. One extreme is to merely take existing email programs and adapt them to the test environment. The other extreme is to write all test software from scratch. An organization must always do at least some work, no matter how much it would like to use only existing code. Even so, anyone writing a complete system can typically benefit by leveraging portions of existing tools or at least libraries to reduce the amount of effort necessary to produce a test system. This section will discuss some popular Open Source software packages available on the Internet ...

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