Search based software testing of object-oriented containers

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Search based software testing of object-oriented containers
Automatic software testing tools are still far from ideal for real world object-oriented (OO) software. The use of nature inspired search algorithms for this problem has been investigated recently. Testing complex data structures (e.g., containers) is very challenging since testing software with simple states is already hard. Because containers are used in almost every type of software, their reliability is of utmost importance. Hence, this paper focuses on the difficulties of testing container classes with nature inspired search algorithms. We will first describe how input data can be automatically generated for testing Java containers. Input space reductions and a novel testability transformation are presented to aid the search algorithms. Different search algorithms are then considered and studied in order to understand when and why a search algorithm is effective for a testing problem. In our experiments, these nature inspired search algorithms seem to give better results than the...
Andrea Arcuri, Xin Yao
Added 12 Dec 2010
Updated 12 Dec 2010
Type Journal
Year 2008
Where ISCI
Authors Andrea Arcuri, Xin Yao
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