13 Tools Concepts

When we first considered test tools at the Foundation level, we simply described some of the basic types of tools and discussed how to introduce them. For test analysts and technical test analysts, tools are not just “nice to have.” They are an essential part of doing a professional job. In this chapter, we will consider some specific types of tools and consider a number of conceptual issues concerning tool use.

In this chapter we will focus on the tools used principally by the test analyst. Chapter 23 considers tools and concepts that are more useful for the technical test analyst.

Terms used in this chapter

data-driven testing, keyword-driven testing, test execution tool

13.1 What Is a Test Tool?

A test tool is some form of ...

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