Difference between Software Test Engineers (SDE) and Software Design Engineer in Test (SDET)?
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33. Difference between Software Test Engineers (SDE) and Software Design Engineer in Test (SDET)?
Software Test Engineers were used as monkey labor- “Run this test fifty times, and call me if this breakpoint gets hit”. STEs didn’t need a strong CS background to get their jobs done- they just needed a lot of patience, and basic understanding of *using* computers.
The Software Design Engineer in Test role was reserved for Testers who were capable of writing tools and/or automation.
It easy to understand the difference between STE and SDET with a black and white example. If you’re testing an API, then yes, you’ll surely be an SDET (how can you do any testing without writing a line of code?) Conversely, if you exclusively black box test a user interface (without tools/automation), then you’d have the job title of STE.
Software Design Engineer (SDE): you design, write code.
Software Design Engineer in Test (SDET): you design, write test code to test what SDEs write.
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