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Software Testing, 4th Edition by Paul C. Jorgensen

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Preface to the First Edition

Software Testing: A Craftsman’s Approach

We huddled around the door to the conference room, each taking a turn looking through the small window. Inside, a recently hired software designer had spread out source listings on the conference table, and carefully passed a crystal hanging from a long chain over the source code. Every so often, the designer marked a circle in red on the listing. Later, one of my colleagues asked the designer what he had been doing in the conference room. The nonchalant reply: “Finding the bugs in my program.” This is a true story, it happened in the mid-1980s when people had high hopes for hidden powers in crystals.

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