is the distinction of knowing the difference between right …

[James’ Reply: Yes, it is important. In The Shape of Actions, a book that is the primary basis of our distinction between checking and testing, intention is discussed at length. You can’t do testing in the full sense of the word without the intent to test.]

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RF: I am assuming the distinction is purely down to Testing being continuous experimentation where as checking is referring to stopping after evaluating an observations ie expected result?

[James’ Reply: It has nothing to do with continuity. The difference is mainly that checking is algorithmic and testing is not. Testing involves creative interpretation and analysis, and checking does not.]


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It is important to lean the difference between right and wrong at an early age
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Although sapience is problematic as a label, we still need to distinguish between what humans can do and what tools can do. Hence, in addition to the basic distinction between checking and testing, we also distinguish between human checking and machine checking. This may seem a bit confusing at first, because checking is, by definition, something that can be done by machines. You could be forgiven for thinking that human checking is just the same as machine checking. But it isn’t. It can’t be.