Active – Passive: On Preconceptions of Testing

Krzysztof Brzeziński


In telecommunications and software engineering, testing is normally understood to be essentially active: a tester is said to stimulate, control, and enforce. Passive testing does not fit this paradigm and thus remains the niche research subject, which bears on the scope and depth of the obtained results. It is argued that such limited understanding of testing is one of its many community-bound preconceptions. It may be acceptable in the current engineering approach to testing, but can and should be challenged in order to converge on the core concepts of the proposed science of testing (“testology”). This methodological work aims at establishing that there are no fundamental reasons for admitting the dominant role of the active element in testing. To show this, external (also extra-technical) areas are consulted for insight, direct observations, and metaphors. The troublesome distinction between (passive)testing and monitoring, as well as unclear relations between testing and measurements, are also addressed.
Author Krzysztof Brzeziński (FEIT / IT)
Krzysztof Brzeziński,,
- The Institute of Telecommunications
Journal seriesJournal of Telecommunications and Information Technology, (B 7 pkt)
Issue year2011
Keywords in Englishbehavior, development, metrology, monitoring, passive testing, reactive systems, Scientific Method
ASJC Classification2208 Electrical and Electronic Engineering; 1705 Computer Networks and Communications
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2014 = 0.559
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