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JSW 2008 Vol.3(5): 11-25 ISSN: 1796-217X
doi: 10.4304/jsw.3.5.11-25

Testing Software Assets of Framework-Based Product Families during Application Engineering Stage

Jehad Al Dallal1, Paul Sorenson2
1Kuwait University/Department of Information Sciences, Kuwait
2University of Alberta/Department of Computing Science, Edmonton, Alberta

Abstract—An application framework provides reusable design and implementation for a family of software systems. At the application engineering stage, application developers extend framework assets to build their particular framework instantiations. Typically, framework software assets are tested before being used. However, achieving complete coverage of a system under test is impossible or at least impractical. Therefore, framework software assets can have undiscovered errors that appear in some instantiations. During the application engineering stage, it is important to identify the framework use cases that are used in the instantiation but not covered during the framework testing stage. In this paper, a testing model that considers retesting framework assets during the application engineering stage is proposed. In addition, a test-case-reusing technique is introduced to identify uncovered framework use cases and cover them by reusing the test cases already built during the framework domain engineering stage. Empirical studies are reported to show the adequacy of the proposed framework test-case-reusing technique in terms of reducing testing time and effort, and a supporting tool that automates the proposed test-case-reusing technique is developed and introduced.

Index Terms—hooks, object-oriented framework, domain engineering, application engineering, object-oriented framework instantiation testing, test case reusability


Cite: Jehad Al Dallal, Paul Sorenson, " Testing Software Assets of Framework-Based Product Families during Application Engineering Stage," Journal of Software vol. 3, no. 5, pp. 11-25, 2008.

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ISSN: 1796-217X (Online)
Frequency:  Quarterly
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Antanas Verikas
Executive Editor: Ms. Yoyo Y. Zhou
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E-mail: jsw@iap.org
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