Testing abstract behavioral specifications

Peter Y. H. Wong, Richard Bubel, Frank S. de Boer, Miguel Gómez-Zamalloa, Stijn de Gouw, Reiner Hähnle, Karl Meinke, Muddassar Azam Sindhu

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We present a range of testing techniques for the Abstract Behavioral Specification (ABS) language and apply them to an industrial case study. ABS is a formal modeling language for highly variable, concurrent, component-based systems. The nature of these systems makes them susceptible to the introduction of subtle bugs that are hard to detect in the presence of steady adaptation. While static analysis techniques are available for an abstract language such as ABS, testing is still indispensable and complements analytic methods. We focus on fully automated testing techniques including black-box and glass-box test generation as well as runtime assertion checking, which are shown to be effective in an industrial setting.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-119
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal on Software Tools for Technology Transfer
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


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