What Is Boundary Value Testing?

What Is Boundary Value Testing?

Software testing involves the execution different testing types to create a qualitative and popular among the end users product.  

But only main types of testing are well known to all, for example, functional testing, performance checking, black box testing, web application testing, game testing, mobile testing, desktop testing, and so on.

Equivalence class testing and connected with it boundary value testing are not so well-known. But the funny thing is that these key types of checking are rather often fulfilled by the experts. Such test is unconsciously executed by the testers without the special emphasis on the procedure itself. 

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Boundary value testing in the equivalence classes always causes a lot of problems. The experienced testers know it very well. So why should one pay special attention exactly to the boundary values?

This is all about that the boundary values may refer to two classes and, accordingly, the expected result may be different. One of two such results will be a bug. But which one? Firstly, one should puzzle out the reasons for the bugs occurrence during the boundary values input.

What Are the Reasons for the Bugs Occurrence?

  • The errors appear because of inexactness in the technical requirements specification. The expected result is not defined in the boundary values input. A tester, in his term, cannot predict the correct result. In this situation, the specification bug takes place.
  • The second reason of the bug occurrence is the structure of the product code itself. In other words, this is a developer’s guilt. Frequently, the mistakes appear because of the specialist’s inattentiveness. For example, a developer instead of “greater-than” sign (>) in the code line used “greater than or equal to” sign (≥).
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