WIT Press


Software Testing Using An Automatic Generator Of Test Data

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SQM930401

Volume

4

Pages

16

Published

1993

Size

1,528 kb

Author(s)

C.J. Burgess

Abstract

Software testing using an automatic generator of test data C.J. Burgess Department of Computer Science, University of Bristol, ABSTRACT The automatic generation of test data has been used as a tool for the black box testing of both compilers and electronic hardware, but only rarely has it been applied to the testing of other types of software. This paper reviews the the main techniques that have been employed in these generators, giving the advantages and disadvantages of this approach, and how it might be applied to a far wider range of software as a powerful software tool to complement other methods of testing. INTRODUCTION Testing is still a major part of software development and is fairly time- consuming. Despite the improvements in formal methods for specifying software, which can lead to a substantial reduction in the number of re- maining errors, it is still not possible to develop error-free software for any reasonably sized programs. The situation is not improved b

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