Applying interface-contract mutation in regression testing of component-based software

Shan Shan Hou, Lu Zhang, Tao Xie, Hong Mei, Jia Su Sun

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Abstract

Regression testing, which plays an important role in software maintenance, usually relies on test adequacy criteria to select and prioritize test cases. However, with the wide use and reuse of black-box components, such as reusable class libraries and COTS components, it is challenging to establish test adequacy criteria for testing software systems built on components whose source code is not available. Without source code or detailed documents, the misunderstanding between the system integrators and component providers has become a main factor of causing faults in componentbased software. In this paper, we apply mutation on interface contracts, which can describe the rights and obligations between component users and providers, to simulate the faults that may occur in this way of software development. The mutation adequacy score for killing the mutants of interface contracts can serve as a test adequacy criterion. We performed an experimental study on three subject systems to evaluate the proposed approach together with four other existing criteria. The experimental results show that our adequacy criterion is helpful for both selecting good-quality test cases and scheduling test cases in an order of exposing faults quickly in regression testing of component-based software.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationICSM 2007 - Proceedings of the 2007 IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance
Pages174-183
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event23rd International Conference on Software Maintenance, ICSM - Paris, France
Duration: Oct 2 2007Oct 5 2007

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance, ICSM

Other

Other23rd International Conference on Software Maintenance, ICSM
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityParis
Period10/2/0710/5/07

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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