March 30, 2016 at 8:08 am #11283March 30, 2016 at 8:50 am #11284@goharOnly available when logged in
Of course, they are different things. Testers perform testing in order to find all possible defects. The debug is performed by developers in order to find the causes of defects and for their removal.April 6, 2016 at 3:33 am #11355@thoughtsofdevaOnly available when logged in
It is a cold war between the testing and development teams.
Testing: As you know, teams are very keen on finding all possible defects on whatever they are testing. The defects would be assigned to development team.
Debugging: The development team who work on the defect fixing, will carry out debugging the defect to find the root cause and to remove it.April 17, 2016 at 3:33 pm #11426@groza-alin88Only available when logged in
There are specific situations where these activities are somehow done together by testers and developers. When a problem is discovered by a tester and it can be reproduced only in some situations (specific workflows, input data, configurations etc.), the developer may ask the tester to help him by running the test step by step. Thus, developer can look on each step in the logs and check the code to investigate and find the issue.
It can require further analysis to identify the problem and developer may need to compare different test runs (like tests that work correctly or tests that fail but have other sets of data). The tester should repeat the step by step procedure for each run while the developer checks the code and the logs at each step.
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Testing: Basically, testing is a process of exploring the system to find defects present in the software, and not only that, this process has to locate the defects and define what will happen once these defects occur. This process is performed in the testing phase by testing team, and after this phase, they will report to the developer team to debug.
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Debugging: Once Development team received the report from the testing team, they will start debugging. The purpose of this phase is to locate the bug and rids the software of it. It is a one-off process and is done manually. In this process, a special tool called debugger is used in locating the bugs, most of the programming environments have the debugger.
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In fact, these terms are usually mistaken to be the same, refer this article for more details: The Differences Between Testing and DebuggingMay 20, 2018 at 10:31 pm #19552@darwinOnly available when logged in
Testing: Trying to find error/bug/flaw by assessing the product.
Debugging: Finding the root cause of an issue to eradicate it from occurring.May 21, 2018 at 10:10 am #19553@edgarthomas590Only available when logged in
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One basic difference I would say is:
Testing covers the user perspective of the software plus general check from developers side, while debugging is more a developer activity.
Probably testing is a more general concept and can includes debugging but also the user perspective side.June 5, 2018 at 2:16 pm #19704@alishahendersonOnly available when logged in
Here is the difference between testing and debugging:
• The testing main objective is to find a bug.
• Much of test execution and design can be automated.
• It can usually be performed by an outsider.
• Most of the testing can be performed without any design knowledge.
• Testing as executed must strive to be expected, dull, forced, rigid, and inhuman.
• It is a demonstration of bugs or apparent accuracy.
• Testing can and must definitely be planned, designed, and scheduled.
• Debugging main work is to find a cause of an error.
• Automated debugging is still a dream for programmers.
• It should be performed by an insider.
• Debugging is not possible without detailed design knowledge.
• Debugging needs intuitive leaps, experimentation, conjectures, and some freedom also.
• It is always employed as a deductive process.
• It is the programmer’s explanation.
• The process for and period of debugging cannot be so compelled.
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