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Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science

Software Quality Assurance

Consistency in the Face of Complexity and Change

Authors: Walkinshaw, Neil

  • Provides a concise introduction to the approaches to quality assurance that span every aspect of software development
  • Emphasises the whys (instead of the hows) of the underlying foundations of modern quality assurance techniques
  • Highlights the practical applicability and efficiency of techniques and methods
  • Complemented by key-point summaries and exercises at the end of each chapter
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About this Textbook

This textbook offers undergraduate students an introduction to the main principles and some of the most popular techniques that constitute ‘software quality assurance’. The book seeks to engage students by placing an emphasis on the underlying foundations of modern quality-assurance techniques , using these to highlight why techniques work, as opposed to merely focussing on how they work. In doing so it provides readers with a comprehensive understanding of where software quality fits into the development lifecycle (spoiler: everywhere), and what the key quality assurance activities are.

The book focuses on quality assurance in a way that typical, more generic software engineering reference books do not. It is structured so that it can (and should) be read from cover to cover throughout the course of a typical university module. Specifically, it is

  • Concise: it is small enough to be readable in its entirety over the course of a typical software engineering module.
  • Explanatory:  topics are discussed not merely in terms of what they are, but also why they are the way they are – what events, technologies, and individuals or organisations helped to shape them into what they are now.
  • Applied: topics are covered with a view to giving the reader a good idea of how they can be applied in practice, and by pointing, where possible, to evidence of their efficacy.
The book starts from some of the most general notions (e.g. quality and development process), and gradually homes-in on the more specific activities, assuming knowledge of the basic notions established in prior chapters. Each chapter concludes with a “Key Points” section, summarising the main issues that have been covered in the chapter. Throughout the book there are exercises that serve to remind readers of relevant parts in the book that have been covered previously, and give them the opportunity to reflect on a particular topic and refer to related references.

About the authors

Neil Walkinshaw is an associate professor in computer science at the University of Leicester, where he started as a lecturer in 2010. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Strathclyde in 2006, and subsequently worked for five years as a post-doctoral researcher with the Verification and Testing group at the University of Sheffield. His research focuses on software testing and the use of machine learning techniques for reverse-engineering useful models of software behaviour.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Walkinshaw, Neil

    Pages 1-5

  • What Is Software Quality, and Why Does it Matter?

    Walkinshaw, Neil

    Pages 7-21

  • Software Development Processes and Process Improvement

    Walkinshaw, Neil

    Pages 23-49

  • Managing Requirements and Code

    Walkinshaw, Neil

    Pages 51-75

  • Planning Activities and Predicting Costs

    Walkinshaw, Neil

    Pages 77-94

Buy this book

eBook £26.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-64822-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover £33.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-64821-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Software Quality Assurance
Book Subtitle
Consistency in the Face of Complexity and Change
Authors
Series Title
Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-64822-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-64822-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-64821-7
Series ISSN
1863-7310
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 181
Number of Illustrations and Tables
22 b/w illustrations, 41 illustrations in colour
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