Black Box – Robust Testing in software testing

In robustness testing, software  is tested by giving invalid values as inputs. Robustness testing is usually done to test exception handling.

In robust boundary value testing,  we makes combinations in such a way that some of invalid values are also tested as input.

Robust Boundary value testing on 3 variables:

Suppose we have  3 variables X,Y and Z to test

Range of X: 0 to 100

Range of Y : 20 to 60

Range of Z : 80 to 100

 

        X y z
Min-      -1 19 79
Min 0 20 80
Min+ 1 21 81
Nominal 50 40 90
Max- 99 59 99
Max 100 60 100
Max+ 101 61 101

Figure: Testing points detected in Simple Robust Boundary Value Testing

Test Cases:

Total Test cases =

(Number of variables * Number of testing points without nominal )+ (1 for  Nominal)

These testing points are min-, min, min+, max- and max and max+

19=(3*6)+1

We can generate 19  test cases from both variables X, Y and Z.

  • There are total 3 variables X,Y and Z
  • There are 6 possible values like min-,min, min+, max-,max and max+
  • 1 is for nominal

Logic:

When we make test cases, we will fix nominal value of two variables and change the values of third variable.

For example

  • We will fix nominal values of X and Y and make combination of these values with each value of Z variable.

Fix nominal values of X and Y are 50,40, and we will compare these two values with 79, 80,81,90,99,100 and 101.

  • We will fix nominal values of X and Z and will make combination of these values with each value of Y variable.

Fix nominal values of X and Z are 50, 90 , and we will make combination of  these two values with 19, 20,21,40,59,60 and 61.

  • We will fix nominal values of Y and Z and will make combination of these values with each value of X variable.

Fix nominal values of Y and Z are 40, 90 , and we will make combination of  these two values with -1, 0,1,50,99,100 and 101.

Test Case# X Y Z Comment
1 50 40 79 Fix Nominal of X and Y
2 50 40 80 Fix Nominal of X and Y
3 50 40 81 Fix Nominal of X and Y
4 50 40 90 Fix Nominal of X and Y
5 50 40 99 Fix Nominal of X and Y
6 50 40 100 Fix Nominal of X and Y
7 50 40 101 Fix Nominal of X and Y
8 50 19 90 Fix Nominal of X and Z
9 50 20 90 Fix Nominal of X and Z
10 50 21 90 Fix Nominal of X and Z
11 50 59 90 Fix Nominal of X and Z
12 50 60 90 Fix Nominal of X and Z
13 50 61 90 Fix Nominal of X and Z
14 -1 40 90 Fix Nominal of Y and Z
15 0 40 90 Fix Nominal of Y and Z
16 1 40 90 Fix Nominal of Y and Z
17 99 40 90 Fix Nominal of Y and Z
18 100 40 90 Fix Nominal of Y and Z
19 101 40 90 Fix Nominal of Y and Z

Figure: Test cases generated in Robust simple Boundary Value Testing