2013 35th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE) (2013)
San Francisco, CA, USA
May 18, 2013 to May 26, 2013
Atif M. Memon , University of Maryland, Department of Computer Science, College Park, MD 20742
Myra B. Cohen , University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of Computer Science & Eng., Lincoln, NE 68588-0115
System testing of applications with graphical user interfaces (GUIs) such as web browsers, desktop, or mobile apps, is more complex than testing from the command line. Specialized tools are needed to generate and run test cases, models are needed to quantify behavioral coverage, and changes in the environment, such as the operating system, virtual machine or system load, as well as starting states of the executions, impact the repeatability of the outcome of tests making tests appear flaky. In this tutorial, we present an overview of the state of the art in GUI testing, consisting of both lectures and demonstrations on various platforms (desktop, web and mobile applications), using an open source testing tool, GUITAR. We show how to setup a system under test, how to extract models without source code, and how to then use those models to generate and replay test cases. We then present a lecture on the various factors that may cause flakiness in the execution of GUI-centric software, and hence impact the results of analyses and experiments based on such software. We end with a demonstration of a community resource for sharing GUI testing artifacts aimed at controlling these factors. This tutorial targets both researchers who develop techniques for testing GUI software, and practitioners from industry who want to learn more about model-based GUI testing or who run and rerun GUI tests and often find their runs are flaky.
Graphical user interfaces, Tutorials, Software, Benchmark testing, Software engineering, Computational modeling
A. M. Memon and M. B. Cohen, "Automated testing of GUI applications: Models, tools, and controlling flakiness," 2013 35th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE), San Francisco, CA, USA, 2013, pp. 1479-1480.