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SITE: A Statistics-based Integrated Test Environment

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor John Dobson



The production of high-quality information applications to secure the reliability of software is a very important issue in information system development. An essential component for developing quality software is software testing. However, it is a very time-consuming and tedious activity and accounts for over 30% of the cost of software development. In addition to its high cost, manual testing is unpopular and often inconsistently executed. Therefore, a powerful environment that automates testing and analysis techniques is needed. This paper presents a Statistics-based Integrated Test Environment, SITE, which supports statistics-based testing on the top of specification-based testing with two main issues in software testing, when to stop testing and how good the software is after testing. It provides automatic support for test execution by the test driver, test development by the SIAD/SOAD tree editor and the test data generator, test failure analysis by the test results validator, test measurement by the statistical analyst, test management by the test manager and test planning by the modeller. These tools are integrated around an object management system which includes a public, shared data model describing the data entities and relationships which are manipulable by these tools.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Chu HD, Dobson JE

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Department of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 1997

Pages: 24

Print publication date: 01/04/1997

Source Publication Date: April 1997

Report Number: 584

Institution: Department of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne