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April 12, 2010 to April 14, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4244-6270-4
pp: 1009-1013
ABSTRACT
Functional programming languages, which emphasize a paradigm in which code modules return a value, have traditionally been used primarily in research and academia rather than in commercial software development and testing. This paper presents the results of a case study which investigated the use of a functional programming language for writing software test automation. Several software test engineers with significant procedural programming experience, but minimal functional programming experience, were given a short training class which focused on writing test automation using the F# functional programming language. Survey results suggested that the technical factors (such as immutability and pipelining) associated with test automation written using a functional programming language were less important than the subjective factors (such as the similarities between programming paradigms), and that the use of a functional programming language may provide indirect value to a software testing effort.
CITATION
James D. McCaffrey, Adrian Bonar, "A Case Study of the Factors Associated with Using the F# Programming Language for Software Test Automation", ITNG, 2010, Seventh International Conference on Information Technology: New Generations (ITNG 2010), Seventh International Conference on Information Technology: New Generations (ITNG 2010) 2010, pp. 1009-1013, doi:10.1109/ITNG.2010.253
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