Exploring the composition of unit test suites
Faculty of Sciences. Mathematics and Computer Science
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
New York, N.Y. :IEEE, 2008
Proceedings of the ERCIM Workshop
University of Antwerp
In agile software development, test code can considerably contribute to the overall source code size. Being a valuable asset both in terms of verification and documentation, the composition of a test suite needs to be well understood in order to identify opportunities as well as weaknesses for further evolution. In this paper we argue that the visualization of structural characteristics is a viable means to support the exploration of test suites. Thanks to general agreement on a limited set of key test design principles, such visualizations are relatively easy to interpret. In particular we present visualizations that support testers in (i) locating test cases; (ii) examining the relation between test code and production code; and (iii) studying the composition of and dependencies within test cases. By means of two case studies, we demonstrate how visual patterns help to identify key test suite characteristics.