Utilizing Code Smells to Detect Quality Problems in TTCN-3 Test Suites

Helmut Neukirchen, Martin Bisanz

Abstract

Today, test suites of several ten thousand lines of code are specified using the Testing and Test Control Notation (TTCN-3). Experience shows that the resulting test suites suffer from quality problems with respect to internal quality aspects like usability, maintainability, or reusability. Therefore, a quality assessment of TTCN-3 test suites is desirable. A powerful approach to detect quality problems in source code is the identification of code smells. Code smells are patterns of inappropriate language usage that is error-prone or may lead to quality problems. This paper presents a quality assessment approach for TTCN-3 test suites which is based on TTCN-3 code smells: To this aim, various TTCN-3 code smells have been identified and collected in a catalogue; the detection of instances of TTCN-3 code smells in test suites has been automated by a tool. The applicability of this approach is demonstrated by providing results from the quality assessment of several standardised TTCN-3 test suites.
Document Type: 
Articles in Conference Proceedings
Booktitle: 
Proceedings of the 19th IFIP International Conference
Address: 
Tallinn, Estonia
Publisher: 
Springer, Heidelberg
Number: 
4581
Pages: 
228-243
Month: 
6
Year: 
2007
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