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From Test Cases to FSMs: Augmented Test-driven Development and Property Inference

Arts, Thomas and Thompson, Simon (2010) From Test Cases to FSMs: Augmented Test-driven Development and Property Inference. In: Fritchie, Scott Lystig and Sagonas, Konstantinos, eds. Proceedings of the 9th ACM SIGPLAN workshop on Erlang. ACM, New York, USA, pp. 182-196. ISBN 978-1-4503-0253-1. (doi:10.1145/1863509.1863511) (KAR id:30626)

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Abstract

This paper uses the inference of finite state machines from EUnit test suites for Erlang programs to make two contributions. First, we show that the inferred FSMs provide feedback on the adequacy of the test suite that is developed incrementally during the test-driven development of a system. This is novel because the feedback we give is independent of the implementation of the system. Secondly, we use FSM inference to develop QuickCheck properties for testing state-based systems. This has the effect of transforming a fixed set of tests into a property which can be tested using randomly generated data, substantially widening the coverage and scope of the tests.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1145/1863509.1863511
Uncontrolled keywords: determinacy analysis, Craig interpolants
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Computing
Depositing User: S. Thompson
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2012 09:49 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 12:41 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/30626 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Thompson, Simon: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2350-301X
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