I have read a number of articles in the past few days on what is commonly called “monkey testing”. The name comes from the old saying: “A thousand monkeys at a thousand typewriters will eventually type out the entire works of Shakespeare.”
- Using Monkey Test Tools: How to find bugs cost-effectively through random testing by Noel Nyman
- Things That Find Bugs in the Night by Harry Robinson (don’t forget to check out his “Further Reading” section)
- A Case Study of Coverage-Checked Random Data Structure Testing by James H. Andrews
I felt compelled to do a little research into the origins of the monkey saying and found the Infinite monkey theorem. From this I found the The Monkey Shakespeare Simulator which appears to be a better use for my spare CPU cycles than checking for extraterrestrial intelligence (grin).