Software testing or the bugs’ nightmare

Menéndez, Héctor D. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6314-3725 (2021) Software testing or the bugs’ nightmare. Open Journal of Software Engineering, 1 (1) . pp. 1-21. [Article] (doi:10.46723/ojse.1.1.1)

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Abstract

Software development is not error-free. For decades, bugs –including physical ones– have become a significant development problem requiring major maintenance efforts. Even in some cases, solving bugs led to increment them. One of the main reasons for bug’s prominence is their ability to hide. Finding them is difficult and costly in terms of time and resources. However, software testing made significant progress identifying them by using different strategies that combine knowledge from every single part of the program. This paper humbly reviews some different approaches from software testing that discover bugs automatically and presents some different state-of-the-art methods and tools currently used in this area. It covers three testing strategies: search-based methods, symbolic execution, and fuzzers. It also provides some income about the application of diversity in these areas, and common and future challenges on automatic test generation that still need to be addressed.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
Item ID: 33087
Notes on copyright: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons “AttributionNonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International” license.
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Date Deposited: 21 May 2021 13:50
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2021 08:00
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/33087

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