Testing terminology: Error

Posted by Albert Gareev on Oct 14, 2008 | Categories: Notes

Reference page: Error, Bug, Issue, Incident

Let’s start from definition.

“Error – a deviation from accuracy or correctness; a mistake, as in action or speech.”

Indeed, in the most circumstances when it was referred as “error” it was a mistake, as in the examples below.

  • Typo, or syntax error in the programming code
  • Logical error or wrong assumption that was discovered during programming (not in testing phase)
  • Wrong (incorrect) settings in IDE
  • Wrong  (incorrect) settings in code (compiling keys, macros, constants)


The most common result allows defining error as something that prevented of getting code build created or promoted.

Other common attributes of an error.

  • Often can be spotted and corrected on-the-fly, during the work being done
  • Often spotted by a person directly involved in the work being done
  • Can be corrected by a person directly involved in the work being done
  • Correction is simple
  • Correction is not costly

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