Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione     
Rehman J., Jabeen F., Bertolino A., Polini A. Testing software components for integration: a survey of issues and techniques. In: Journal of Software Testing, Verification and Reliability, vol. 17 (2) pp. 95 - 133. Wiley InterScience, 2007.
Component-based development has emerged as a system engineering approach that promises rapid software development with fewer resources. Yet, improved reuse and reduced cost benefits from software components can only be achieved in practice if the components provide reliable services, thereby rendering component analysis and testing a key activity. This paper discusses various issues that can arise in component testing by the component user at the stage of its integration within the target system. The crucial problem is the lack of information for analysis and testing of externally developed components. Several testing techniques for component integration have recently been proposed. These techniques are surveyed here and classified according to a proposed set of relevant attributes. The paper thus provides a comprehensive overview which can be useful as introductory reading for newcomers in this research field, as well as to stimulate further investigation. Copyright 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
URL: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/113454073/PDFSTART?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0
Subject Software components
Component testing
Integration testing
D.2.4 Software/Program Verification

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