Saturday, February 1, 2014

Is there a such thing as manual testing?

Manual Testing!! Hmmm!

Wikipedia defines it as "Manual testing is the process of manually testing software for defects."

What does it actually mean? Why do we call it Manual Testing? Is it correct to call it Manual Testing? Aren't we just giving functional testing another name? Isn't it better to call it Functional Testing or simply Testing, rather than inappropriately calling it Manual Testing?

There's a need to understand the intent behind such naming convention. I am not 100% sure about it but my best guess is if the only intent was referring to fact that it's done by testers aka persons aka humans, then please for GOD's sake understand this: DEVELOPMENT is also done by humans but you don't call it "MANUAL DEVELOPMENT".

So why this biasing for testing?

Let's understand this basic thing and start calling ourselves as "testers" rather than "Manual Testers". Because for me there's no such thing as Manual Testers!