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Miranda B., Bertolino A. Scope-aided test prioritization, selection and minimization for software reuse. In: Journal of Systems and Software, [Online First 27 June 2016]
 
 
Abstract
(English)
Software reuse can improve productivity, but does not exempt developers from the need to test the reused code into the new context. For this purpose, we propose here specific approaches to white-box test prioritization, selection and minimization that take into account the reuse context when reordering or selecting test cases, by leveraging possible constraints delimiting the new input domain scope. Our scope-aided testing approach aims at detecting those faults that under such constraints would be more likely triggered in the new reuse context, and is proposed as a boost to existing approaches. Our empirical evaluation shows that in test suite prioritization we can improve the average rate of faults detected when considering faults that are in scope, while remaining competitive considering all faults; in test case selection and minimization we can considerably reduce the test suite size, with small to no extra impact on fault detection effectiveness considering both in-scope and all faults. Indeed, in minimization, we improve the in-scope fault detection effectiveness in all cases.
URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0164121216300875
DOI: 10.1016/j.jss.2016.06.058
Subject In-scope entity
Out-of-scope entity
Test case selection
Test case prioritization
Test suite minimization
Test of reused code
Testing scope
D.2 SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
D.2.5 SOFTWARE ENGINEERING. Testing and Debugging


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