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Change-Based Test Selection in the Presence of Developer Tests

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3 Author(s)
Soetens, Q.D. ; Univ. of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium ; Demeyer, S. ; Zaidman, A.

Regression test selection (i.e., selecting a subset of a given regression test suite) is a problem that has been studied intensely over the last decade. However, with the increasing popularity of developer tests as the driver of the test process, more fine-grained solutions are in order. In this paper we investigate how method-level changes in the base-code can serve as a reliable indicator for identifying which tests need to be rerun. We validate the approach on two cases - PMD and Cruise Control - using mutation testing as a means to compare the selected subset against a "retest all" approach. Our results show that we are able to reach a sizable reduction of the complete test suite, yet with a comparable number of mutants killed by the reduced test suite.

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Software Maintenance and Reengineering (CSMR), 2013 17th European Conference on

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5-8 March 2013

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