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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 5:51 pm    Post subject: mainframe testing Vs development
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Hi

i am having 3 experience, 1 years on maintenance project and 2 years on cobol conversion project i.e converting older version cobol programs(vscobol,vscobol2 ) to os390 and doing testing whether same functionality is working or not, i did not involve in coding for past 2 years.

now i resigned in my current organization and going to another mnc it is having openings in both mainframe development positions and mainframe testers, now i lost programming skills due to work on conversion project.

now my questions is can i move to mainframe testing, what i am feeling is mainframe testing is easy than development, can any abody help me whether mainframe testing is easy than developing projects and let me kow what are the major difeerences between both.


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mallireddy
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Robert Sample

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 6:03 pm    Post subject:
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My experience has been that good developers are rare; good testers are extremely rare. Many people lack the mindset to be a tester -- you have to be able to analyze the requirements, develop test cases, document the test results expected for each test case, and prepare bug reports. Good tests find errors; if you're not finding errors then you're probably not testing the right things. I don't think testing is easier than development -- just different.
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