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Using Python in Software Testing
Mark van der Veer, IBM

Track: Python
Date: Wednesday, July 09
Time: 10:45am - 11:30am
Location: Portland

IBM's Beaverton test team is tasked with testing a new high-end file system that connects heterogenous systems. Amongst the filesystem's many features are a common namespace, policy based file placement, “snap” copies, and quota management. One of the first tasks the test team faced in testing the product was the selection of tools to test the many facets of the product.

In testing a complex system it is critical to deploy tools that allow in-depth testing of the system’s interconnected components. Python is a foundation tool that provides a comprehensive framework for efficient and effective testing of complex, leading-edge, systems.

van der Veer describes the process employed in selecting test tools and the reasons for selecting the Python language as a foundation element for tool development. He also discusses tools that were built with Python, how the tools were deployed in the test process, lessons learned, and suggestions for other test teams.

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