Exploring the composition of unit test suites

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Exploring the composition of unit test suites
In agile software development, test code can considerably contribute to the overall source code size. Being a valuable asset both in terms of verification and documentation, the composition of a test suite needs to be well understood in order to identify opportunities as well as weaknesses for further evolution. In this paper, we argue that the visualization of structural characteristics is a viable means to support the exploration of test suites. Thanks to general agreement on a limited set of key test design principles, such visualizations are relatively easy to interpret. In particular, we present visualizations that support testers in (i) locating test cases; (ii) examining the relation between test code and production code; and (iii) studying the composition of and dependencies within test cases. By means of two case studies, we demonstrate how visual patterns help to identify key test suite characteristics.
Bart Van Rompaey, Serge Demeyer
Added 31 May 2010
Updated 31 May 2010
Type Conference
Year 2008
Where KBSE
Authors Bart Van Rompaey, Serge Demeyer
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