Backend testing,Database testing interview
What is Data ? And How it is Importance to the Organization
A collection of facts, Pieces of information from which conclusions may be drawn.
Ex: Resumes for managing the human Resources..!
What is Database..?
The Collection of Interrelated Data is called Data Base.
Relational Database Concepts
RDBMS= DBMS +Referential Integrity (It is achieved through Foreign Key).
Referential Integrity :The existence of a value in one dataset is dependent on the existence of the same value in another linked dataset
Ex: Oracle, Sqlserver, Mysql follow RDBMS model.
What is Database Testing ?
Testing an application’s interface with a relational database.
Interface: SQL is nothing but Interface Between RDBMS and application so it lets us to extract, combine, manipulate, and organize data and many more….!
What should we Test in Data Base
Database testing basically include the following.
1)Data validity testing.
2)Data Integrity testing
3)Performance related to data base.
4)Testing of Procedure, triggers and functions.
Data validity testing:
Data validity testing: Testing the correctness and reasonableness of data.
Ex: Account no falling within range, numeric data being all digits, dates having valid months
Note: Data validity errors are more common and most difficult to detect.
Errors in data validity are caused by End user/ by who enters Ex: 13/25/2006
Data Integrity testing:
Date integrity is nothing but enforcing the business rules (facts/data) into database table is called data integrity
Types of Data Integrity :
Entity Integrity: can be achieved through Primary Key and Unique Key Constraints.
Should be tested: whether it is taking duplicate values, Whether it is taking null values.
Domain Integrity: can be achieved through Not null, Default, Check .
Should be tested: Whether it is taking default values even though if we won’t give, checking the values in the column. Ex: age column should take < 60.
Referential Integrity: can be achieved through Foreign Key.
Should be tested : Checking Whether "child" rows are deleted or not when a parent row is deleted from parent table.
For performance related Testing in DB:
Indexes are used to increase the performance.
It is nothing but ordered list of values taken from one or more columns in the tables and organized in to b_tree structure
Need to test: whether we have created index on column for particular table or not.
Why back end testing is so important
A back end is the engine of any client/server system. If the back end malfunctions, it may cause system deadlock, data corruption, data loss and bad performance. Many front ends log on to a single SQL server. A bug in a back end may put serious impact on the whole system. Too many bugs in a back end will cost tremendous resources to find and fix bugs and delay the system developments.
It is very likely that many tests in a front end only hit a small portion of a back end. Many bugs in a back end cannot be easily discovered without direct testing.
Back end testing has several advantages
The back end is no longer a "black box" to testers. We have full control of test coverage and depth. Many bugs can be effectively found and fixed in the early development stage. Take Forecast LRS as an example; the number of bugs in a back end was more than 30% of total number of bugs in the project. When back end bugs are fixed, the system quality is dramatically increased.
Differences between back end testing and front end testing
It is not easier to understand and verify a back end than a front end because a front end usually has friendly and intuitive user interfaces.
A back end has its own objects, such as, tables, stored procedures and triggers. Data integrity and protection is critical. Performance and multi-user support are big issues. Slowness in operation can be vital to the project’s future.
There are no sufficient tools for back end testing. SQL language is mainly a testing tool. MS Access and MS Excel can be used to verify data but they are not perfect for testing. However, there are a large number of test tools available for front end testing.
To be able to do back end testing, a tester must have strong background in SQL server and SQL language. It is relatively difficult to find testers who understand both SQL server and SQL testing. This causes a shortage of back end testers.
Back end testing phases,database testing phases
There are several phases in back end testing. The first step is to acquire design specifications for an SQL server. The second step is test specification design. The next step is to implement the tests in this design with SQL code. The test specification design should contain information concerning component testing (individual pieces of the system), regression testing (previously known bugs), integration testing (several pieces of the system put together), and then the entire system (which will include both front and back ends).
Component testing will be done early in the development cycle. Integration and system tests (including interfaces to front ends and nightly processes) are performed after the component tests pass. Regression testing will be performed continuously throughout the project until it is finished. The back end usually does not have an independent beta test, as it only exercised by the front end during the beta test period. The last step is to deliver users a quality product.
Back end test methodology
Back end test methodology has many things in common with front end testing and API testing. Many test methods can be used for back end testing. Structural testing and functional testing are more effective approaches in back end testing. They are overlapped in some test cases. However, the two methods may discover different bugs. We strongly recommend testers to do both types of testing. There are many other test methods that can be applied to back end testing. We list a few below. For other test methods, please check other test design references.
A back end can be broken down into a finite number of testable pieces based on a back end’s structure. Tests will verify each and every object in a type of structure.
A back end can be broken down into a finite number of testable pieces based on application’s functionality. The test focus is on functionality of input and output but not on the implementation and structure. Different projects may have different ways to break down.
Many columns have boundary conditions. For example, in a column for percentages, the value cannot be less than zero and cannot be greater than 100%. We should find out these types of boundary conditions and test them.
It involves subjecting a database to heavy loads. For incidence, many users heavily access the same table that has a large number of records. To simulate this situation, we need to start as many machines as possible and run the tests over and over.