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Enhancing Software Testing by Judicious Use of Code Coverage Information

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Enhancing Software Testing by Judicious Use of Code Coverage Information
Recently, tools for the analysis and visualization of code coverage have become widely available. At first glance, their value in assessing and improving the quality of automated test suites seems to be obvious. Yet, experimental studies as well as experience from projects in industry indicate that their use is not without pitfalls. We found these tools in a number of recent projects quite beneficial. Therefore, we set out to gather code coverage information from one of these projects. In this experience report, first the system under scrutiny as well as our methodology is described. Then, four major questions concerning the impact and benefits of using these tools are discussed. Furthermore, a list of ten lessons learned is derived. The list may help developers judiciously use code coverage tools, in order to reap a maximum of benefits.
Stefan Berner, Roland Weber, Rudolf K. Keller
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Type Conference
Year 2007
Where ICSE
Authors Stefan Berner, Roland Weber, Rudolf K. Keller
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