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Experimental assessment of manual versus tool-based maintenance of GUI-directed test scripts

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Experimental assessment of manual versus tool-based maintenance of GUI-directed test scripts
Since manual black-box testing of GUI-based APplications (GAPs) is tedious and laborious, test engineers create test scripts to automate the testing process. These test scripts interact with GAPs by performing actions on their GUI objects. As GAPs evolve, testers should fix their corresponding test scripts so that they can reuse them to test successive releases of GAPs. Currently, there are two main modes of maintaining test scripts: tool-based and manual. In practice, there is no consensus what approach testers should use to maintain test scripts. Test managers make their decisions ad hoc, based on their personal experience and perceived benefits of the tool-based approach versus the manual. In this paper we describe a case study with forty five professional programmers and test engineers to experimentally assess the tool-based approach for maintaining GUIdirected test scripts versus the manual approach. Based on the results of our case study and considering the high cost of the p...
Mark Grechanik, Qing Xie, Chen Fu
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Type Conference
Year 2009
Where ICSM
Authors Mark Grechanik, Qing Xie, Chen Fu
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