New query: Scripting languages to support software testing

Subject: New query: Scripting languages to support software testing
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riveraintech -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2012 09:54:19 -0500

For a while now, I've been creating support documentation in Word and
Excel for a software tester. I was asked to learn scripting languages to
help automate her work. One obvious choice is C#, which she herself has
used to automate certain tasks. (The point of my learning to script is
to increase her available time for actual testing.)

The software being tested runs under Windows 2008 and Windows 7 in their
various flavors. I Googled a little and saw that other popular scripting
languages for software testing include My SQL, VBScript, Perl, Ruby,
Python, etc.

It's been years since I studied a programming language, but I know I'll
pick it up quickly. I'd appreciate any input on:

* Advantages and disadvantages of the languages I mentioned
* Other scripting languages to consider
* Methods of initial study (classroom, book, Web site, etc.)
* TW success and horror stories in writing scripts for software testing




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