It seems to me that lots of people are experiencing lots of confusion regarding what lots of the testing terms we throw around signify. In an effort to remedy this circumstance I have applied my investigatory powers to observe what people really mean when they say these words. Forthwith, the answers which I have compiled:
Categories of Tests
Types of Tests/Testing
(Yes, my tongue is firmly in my cheek! To learn what I really think these terms mean, see my DDJ posts Test Taxonomy Decoder Ring and More Decoder Rings.)
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