Class mutation operators for C++ object-oriented systems

Delgado-Pérez, Pedro, Medina-Bulo, Inmaculada, Domínguez-Jiménez, Juan José, García-Domínguez, Antonio and Palomo-Lozano, Francisco (2015). Class mutation operators for C++ object-oriented systems. Annales des Télécommunications, 70 (3-4), pp. 137-148.

Abstract

Mutation testing is a fault injection testing technique around which a great variety of studies and tools for different programming languages have been developed. Nevertheless, the mutation testing research with respect to C++ is pending. This paper proposes a set of class mutation operators related to this language and its particular object-oriented (OO) features. In addition, an implementation technique to apply mutation testing based on the traversal of the abstract syntax tree (AST) is presented. Finally, an experiment is conducted to study the operator behaviour with different C++ programs, suggesting their usefulness in the creation of complete test suites. The analysis includes a Web service (WS) library, one of the domains where this technique can prove useful, considering its challenging testing phase and that C++ is still a reference language for critical distributed systems WS.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12243-014-0445-4
Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences
Additional Information: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12243-014-0445-4
Uncontrolled Keywords: abstract syntax tree,C++,mutation operators,mutation testing,object-oriented programming,web services,Electrical and Electronic Engineering
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Published Date: 2015-04
Authors: Delgado-Pérez, Pedro
Medina-Bulo, Inmaculada
Domínguez-Jiménez, Juan José
García-Domínguez, Antonio ( 0000-0002-4744-9150)
Palomo-Lozano, Francisco

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