August 26, 2010

Black Box Testing

Black box is a test design method. Black box testing treats the system as a "black-box", so it doesn't explicitly use Knowledge of the internal structure. Or in other words the Test engineer need not know the internal working of the "Black box".
It focuses on the functionality part of the module.
Some people like to call black box testing as behavioral, functional, opaque-box, and closed-box. While the term black box is most popularly use, many people prefer the terms "behavioral" and "structural" for black box and white box respectively. Behavioral test design is slightly different from black-box test design because the use of internal knowledge isn't strictly forbidden, but it's still discouraged.
Personally we feel that there is a trade off between the approaches used to test a product using white box and black box types.


There are some bugs that cannot be found using only black box or only white box. If the test cases are extensive and the test inputs are also from a large sample space then it is always possible to find majority of the bugs through black box testing.

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