An Approach to Quality Engineering of TTCN-3 Test Specifications

Helmut Neukirchen, Benjamin Zeiß, Jens Grabowski

Abstract

Experience with the development and maintenance of large test suites specified using the Testing and Test Control Notation (TTCN-3) has shown that it is difficult to construct tests that are concise with respect to quality aspects such as maintainability or usability. The ISO/IEC standard 9126 defines a general software quality model that substantiates the term "quality" with characteristics and subcharacteristics. The domain of test specifications, however, requires an adaption of this general model. To apply it to specific languages such as TTCN-3, it needs to be instantiated. In this paper, we present an instantiation of this model as well as an approach to assess and improve test specifications. The assessment is based on metrics and the identification of code smells. The quality improvement is based on refactoring. Example measurements using our TTCN-3 tool TRex demonstrate how this procedure is applied in practice.
Keywords: 
Test Specification, TTCN-3, Quality Model, Code Smells, Metrics, Refactoring
Document Type: 
Journal Articles
Journal: 
Springer
Volume: 
10
Number: 
4
Pages: 
309-326
Month: 
8
Year: 
2008
Note: 
International Journal on Software Tools for Technology Transfer (STTT)
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