Developing acceptance tests from existing documentation using annotations: An experiment

Connolly, David and Keenan, Frank and McCaffery, Fergal (2009) Developing acceptance tests from existing documentation using annotations: An experiment. In: Automation of Software Test ICSE Workshop 2009, May 2009, Vancouver.

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The importance of good software testing is often reported. Traditionally, acceptance testing is the last stage of the testing process before release to the customer. Unfortunately, it is not always appropriate to wait so long for customer feedback. Emerging agile methods recognise this and promote close interaction between the customer and developers for early acceptance testing, often before implementation commences. Indeed, Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) is a process that uses customer interaction to define tests and tool support to automate and execute these. However, with existing tools, tests are usually written from new descriptions or rewritten from existing documentation. Here, the challenge is to allow developers and customers to annotate existing documentation and automatically generate acceptance tests without rewrites or new descriptions. This paper introduces the related ideas and describes a particular experiment that assesses the value of using annotated text to create acceptance tests.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: ATDD; Software testing; Acceptance testing
Subjects: Computer Science
Research Centres: Regulated Software Research Centre
Depositing User: Sonya Grimley
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2012 09:16
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2014 16:10

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