Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) components provide a means to construct software (component-based) systems in reduced time and cost. In a COTS component software market there exist component vendors (original developers of the component) and component users (developers of the component-based systems). The former provide the component to the user without source code or design documentation, and as a result it is difficult for the latter to adequately test the component when deployed in their system. In this article we propose a framework that clarifies the roles and responsibilities of both parties so that the user can adequately test the component in a deployment environment and the vendor does not need to release proprietary details. Then, based on this framework we combine and adapt two specification-based testing techniques and describe (and implement) a method for the automated generation of adequate test sets. An evaluation of our approach on a case study demonstrates that it is possible to automatically generate cost effective test sequences and that these test sequences are effective at detecting complex errors. Copyright 2006 ACM.

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Keywords Adequacy criteria, Component, COTS, UML
Conference 28th International Conference on Software Engineering 2006, ICSE '06
Citation
Briand, L.C. (Lionel C.), Labiche, Y, & Sówka, M.M. (Michałe M.). (2006). Automated, contract-based user testing of commercial-off-the-shelf components. Presented at the 28th International Conference on Software Engineering 2006, ICSE '06.