O'Reilly logo

SOFTWARE TESTING by Peter Williams, Geoff Thompson, Angelina Samaroo, Peter Morgan, Brian Hambling

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

WHY SOFTWARE FAILS

Examples of software failure are depressingly common. Here are some you may recognise:

  • The first launch of the European Space Agency Ariane 5 rocket in June 1996 failed after 371/2 seconds. A software error caused the rocket to deviate from its vertical ascent, and the self-destruct capabilities were enacted before the then unpredictable flight path resulted in a bigger problem.

  • When the UK Government introduced online filing of tax returns, a user could sometimes see the amount that a previous user earned. This was regardless of the physical location of the two applicants.

  • In November 2005, information on the UK’s top 10 wanted criminals was displayed on a website. The publication of this information was described in newspapers ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required