From daikon to agitator

Marat Boshernitsan, Roongko Doong, Alberto Savoia
2006 Proceedings of the 2006 international symposium on Software testing and analysis - ISSTA'06  
Developer testing is of one of the most effective strategies for improving the quality of software, reducing its cost, and accelerating its development. Despite its widely recognized benefits, developer testing is practiced by only a minority of developers. The slow adoption of developer testing is primarily due to the lack of tools that automate some of the more tedious and time-consuming aspects of this practice. Motivated by the need for a solution, and helped and inspired by the research in
more » ... software test automation, we created a developer testing tool based on software agitation. Software agitation is a testing technique that combines the results of research in test-input generation and dynamic invariant detection. We implemented software agitation in a commercial testing tool called Agitator. This paper gives a high-level overview of software agitation and its implementation in Agitator, focusing on the lessons and challenges of leveraging and applying the results of research to the implementation of a commercial product.
doi:10.1145/1146238.1146258 dblp:conf/issta/BoshernitsanDS06 fatcat:dmbibio3qbgzrkhr4wbfhcd2la