Applications-Centric Testing of System-Level Components

Vinay Pai and Arun Gupta, Sun Microsystems

Testing system-level components such as the Java API for XML-Based Remote Procedure Calls is a challenging task. Employing use-case techniques from the Unified Modeling Language (UML), Vinay Pai describes a novel approach for testing such components. His team developed use cases for a realistic application that would use the components, then developed test case designs from those use cases. The resulting test suite uncovered more than 200 defects in eight months, and exceeded code coverage goals by almost 50 percent. Learn the details of this approach and recommendations for transitioning to application-centric testing for your system-level components.

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