Automation of Software Test, Second International Workshop on (2009)
Vancouver, BC Canada
May 18, 2009 to May 19, 2009
David Connolly , Dundalk Institute of Technology, Software Technology Research Centre (SToRC), Dublin Road, Ireland
Frank Keenan , Dundalk Institute of Technology, Software Technology Research Centre (SToRC), Dublin Road, Ireland
Fergal McCaffery , Dundalk Institute of Technology, Software Technology Research Centre (SToRC), Dublin Road, Ireland
The importance of good software testing is often reported. Traditionally, acceptance testing is the last stage of the testing process before release to the customer. Unfortunately, it is not always appropriate to wait so long for customer feedback. Emerging agile methods recognise this and promote close interaction between the customer and developers for early acceptance testing, often before implementation commences. Indeed, Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) is a process that uses customer interaction to define tests and tool support to automate and execute these. However, with existing tools, tests are usually written from new descriptions or rewritten from existing documentation. Here, the challenge is to allow developers and customers to annotate existing documentation and automatically generate acceptance tests without rewrites or new descriptions. This paper introduces the related ideas and describes a particular experiment that assesses the value of using annotated text to create acceptance tests.
D. Connolly, F. Keenan and F. McCaffery, "Developing acceptance tests from existing documentation using annotations: An experiment," 2009 ICSE Workshop on Automation of Software Test (AST 2009)(AST), Vancouver, BC, 2009, pp. 123-129.