Proceedings of the 2008 International Conference on Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSSE '08),
vol. 2, IEEE Computer Society Press, Los Alamitos, CA, pp. 708-711 (2008)

Lean Implementations of Software Testing Tools
Using XML Representations of Source Codes

Yu Xia Sun 2, 3 , Huo Yan Chen 3 , and T.H. Tse 4

[paper from IEEE Xplore | paper from IEEE digital library | technical report TR-2008-11]


By utilizing XML representations of source programs under test, a new approach is proposed to concisely implement some prototypes for TACCLE, a software testing methodology. The conversions between a source program and its XML representation can be easily realized using existing conversion tools. In this way, the conversion tools can automatically analyze and parse the source program, so that testing tool developers only need to concentrate on the manipulation of the XML document. If appropriate XML DOM APIs are chosen, the implementations of such testing tools will be pretty lean. A detailed case study for GMPS tool, a prototype for the TACCLE methodology, is presented to illustrate the new approach.

Keywords: software testing; lean implementation; XML representation; conversion tool

1. This research is supported in part by the Jinan University Youth Foundation under Grant #51208035, Union Grant of Guangdong Province and National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant #U0775001, and the Guangdong Province Science Foundation under Grant #7010116.
2. Department of Computer Science, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China.
3. Department of Computer Science, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China.
4. (Corresponding author.)
Department of Computer Science, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong.


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