Program slices are useful in debugging, testing, maintenance, and understanding of programs. The conventional notion of a program slice, the <italic>static slice</italic>, is the set of all statements that <italic>might</italic> affect the value of a given variable occurrence. In this paper, we investigate the concept of the <italic>dynamic slice</italic>… (More)
Size and code coverage are important attributes of a set of tests. When a program P is executed on elements of the test set T, we can observe the fault detecting capability of T for P. We can also observe the degree to which T induces code coverage on P according to some coverage criterion. We would like to know whether it is the size of T or the coverage… (More)
The purpose of regression testing is to ensure that changes made to software, such as adding new features or modifying existing features, have not adversely affected features of the software that should not change. Regression testing is usually performed by running some, or all, of the test cases created to test modifications in previous versions of the… (More)
Finding a fault in a program is a complex process which involves understanding the program's purpose, structure, semantics, and the relevant characteristics of failure p r o ducing tests. We describe a t o ol which supports execution slicing and dicing based on test cases. We report the results of an experiment that uses heuristic techniques in fault… (More)
The purpose of regression testing is to ensure that bug xes and new functionality introduced in a new version of a software do not adversely aaect the correct functionality inherited f r om the previous version. This paper explores eecient methods of selecting small subsets of regression test sets that may be used t o e s-tablish the same.
Coverage testing helps the tester create a thorough set of tests and gives a measure of test completeness. The concepts of coverage testing are well-described in the literature. However, there are few tools that actually implement these concepts for standard programming languages, and their realistic use on large-scale projects is rare. In this article, we… (More)
Conventional approaches to analyze the behavior of software applications are black box based, that is, the software application is treated as a whole and only its interactions with the outside world are modeled. The black box approaches ignore information about the internal structure of the application and the behavior of the individual parts. Hence they… (More)
An important question in software testing is whether it is reasonable to apply coverage based criteria as a lter to reduce the size of a test set. An empirical study was conducted using a test set minimization technique to explore the eeect of reducing the size of a test set, while keeping block coverage constant, on the fault detection strength of the… (More)
An important step toward eecient software maintenance is to locate the code relevant to a particular feature. In this paper we report a study applying an execution slice-based technique to a reliability and performance evaluator to identify the code which is unique to a feature, or is common to a group of features. Supported by tools called ATAC and Vue,… (More)
This paper reviews some of the difficulties and decisions in implementing data flow coverage criteria for the C language as realized in ATAC, a data flow coverage testing tool for C. We also address a particular, language independent problem with the concept of the all-du-paths data flow coverage criterion and suggest a solution.