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Publication Detail
Crawlability metrics for automated web testing
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Publication Sub Type:
    Journal Article
  • Authors:
    Marchetto A, Tiella R, Tonella P, Alshahwan N, Harman M
  • Publication date:
    01/04/2011
  • Pagination:
    131, 149
  • Journal:
    International Journal on Software Tools for Technology Transfer
  • Volume:
    13
  • Issue:
    2
  • Status:
    Published
  • Print ISSN:
    1433-2779
Abstract
Web applications are exposed to frequent changes both in requirements and involved technologies. At the same time, there is a continuously growing demand for quality and trust and such a fast evolution and quality constraints claim for mechanisms and techniques for automated testing. Web application automated testing often involves random crawlers to navigate the application under test and automatically explore its structure. However, owing to the specific challenges of the modern Web systems, automatic crawlers may leave large portions of the application unexplored. In this paper, we propose the use of structural metrics to predict whether an automatic crawler with given crawling capabilities will be sufficient or not to achieve high coverage of the application under test. In this work, we define a taxonomy of such capabilities and we determine which combination of them is expected to give the highest reward in terms of coverage increase. Our proposal is supported by an experiment in which 19 web applications have been analyzed. © 2010 Springer-Verlag.
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