Geoff Thompson


This chapter provides an introduction to an important area of software testing – static testing. Static testing techniques test software without executing it. They are important because they can find errors and defects before code is built/executed and therefore earlier in the life cycle of a project, making corrections easier and cheaper to achieve than for the same defects found during test execution. Review types and techniques are central to the static testing approach, and in this chapter we will look at the alternative types of review and how they fit with the test process that was defined in Chapter 1.

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