Testing Erlang Refactorings with QuickCheck

Li, Huiqing and Thompson, Simon (2007) Testing Erlang Refactorings with QuickCheck. In: The 19th International Symposium on Implementation and Application of Functional Languages, IFL 2007, LNCS. Lecture Notes In Computer Science, 5083. Springer, Freiburg, Germany pp. 19-36. ISBN 978-3-540-85372-5. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-85373-2_2) (Full text available)


Refactoring is a technique for improving the design of existing programs without changing their behaviour. Wrangler is a tool built at the University of Kent to support Erlang program refactoring; the Wrangler tool is written in Erlang. In this paper we present the use of a novel testing tool, Quviq QuickCheck, for testing the implementation of Wrangler. QuickCheck is a specification-based testing tool for Erlang. With QuickCheck, programs are tested by writing properties in a restricted logic, and using the tool these properties are tested in randomly generated test cases. This paper first gives overviews of Wrangler and Quviq QuickCheck, then discusses the various ways in which refactorings can be validated, and finally shows how QuickCheck can be used to test the correctness of refactorings in an efficient way.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: testing, refactoring
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Computing > Theoretical Computing Group
Depositing User: Mark Wheadon
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2008 18:04 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2011 01:35 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/14543 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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