An Extensible Heuristic-Based Framework for GUI Test Case Maintenance

TitleAn Extensible Heuristic-Based Framework for GUI Test Case Maintenance
Publication TypeConference Papers
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsMcMaster S, Memon AM
Conference NameSoftware Testing, Verification and Validation Workshops, 2009. ICSTW '09. International Conference on
Date Published2009/04//
Keywordsextensible heuristic-based framework, graphical user interface, Graphical user interfaces, GUI code, GUI test case maintenance, program testing, Software maintenance

Graphical user interfaces (GUIs) make up a large portion of the code comprising many modern software applications. However, GUI testing differs significantly from testing of traditional software. One respect in which this is true is test case maintenance. Due to the way that GUI test cases are often implemented, relatively minor changes to the construction of the GUI can cause a large number of test case executions to malfunction, often because GUI elements referred to by the test cases have been renamed, moved, or otherwise altered. We posit that a general solution to the problem of GUI test case maintenance must be based on heuristics that attempt to match an applicationpsilas GUI elements across versions. We demonstrate the use of some heuristics with framework support. Our tool support is general in that it may be used with other heuristics if needed in the future.