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software testing

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Software testing is a method of assessing the functionality of a software program. There are many different types of software testing but the two main categories are dynamic testing and static testing.

Dynamic testing is an assessment that is conducted while the program is executed; static testing, on the other hand, is an examination of the program's code and associated documentation. Dynamic and static methods are often used together. 

This was last updated in December 2012

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I guess, on a superficial level software testing might be categorized as "static testing and dynamic testing".
In a same way, building a potential family relationship might be described as "profile browsing" and "dating".
But is there /any/ value in such taxonomies?
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