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Transformation of UML interaction diagrams into contract specifications for object-oriented testing

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3 Author(s)
Huo Yan Chen ; Jinan Univ., Guangzhou ; Chuang Li ; Tse, T.H.

Testing is an important means to ensure the quality of software systems. Contract specification can be used to formally specify the cluster level of object-oriented software, which can then be tested using TACCLE, an advanced methodology for object-oriented testing. The use of formal specifications as a testing base has many advantages. However, such specifications are not easily understood and therefore not widely used in the software industry. On the other hand, UML, a semi-formal modeling language, is becoming increasingly popular and widely accepted. In particular, UML interaction diagrams specify the dynamic, interacting behavior among the objects of an object-oriented system. If the transformation of UML interaction diagrams into Contract specifications can be automated, the TACCLE methodology can be applied directly to test object-oriented software at the cluster level. In this paper, a method to transform UML interaction diagrams into contract specifications is proposed based on the UML meta- model. A prototype has been developed.

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Systems, Man and Cybernetics, 2007. ISIC. IEEE International Conference on

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7-10 Oct. 2007