A script-based testbed for mobile software frameworks

Authors Walter Hargassner
Thomas Hofer
Claus Klammer
Josef Pichler
Gernot Reisinger
Title A script-based testbed for mobile software frameworks
Booktitle Proceedings First International Conference on Software Testing, Verification, and Validation
Type in proceedings
Publisher CPS
Address Lillehammer, Norway
Department ISE
ISBN 0-7695-3127-X
Month April
Year 2008
Pages 448-457
SCCH ID# 729

Software testing is essential and takes a large part of resources during software development. This motivates automating software testing as far as possible. Frameworks for automating unit testing are approved and applied for a plethora of programming languages to write tests for small units in the same programming language. Both constraints, unit size and programming language, inhibit automation of software testing in domain of mobile software frameworks. This circumstance has motivated the development of a new testbed for a framework in the domain of mobile systems. In this paper, we describe requirements and challenges in testing mobile software frameworks in general and present a novel testbed for the APOXI framework that addresses these requirements. The main ideas behind this testbed are the usage of a scripting language to specify test cases and to incorporate domain-specific aspects on the language level. The testbed facilitates component and system testing but can be used for unit testing as well.