An Empirical Study of Testing File-System-Dependent Software with Mock Objects

Madhuri R Marri, Tao Xie, Nikolai Tillmann, Jonathan de Halleux, and Wolfram Schulte

Abstract

Unit testing is a technique of testing a single unit of a program in isolation. The testability of the unit under test can be reduced when the unit interacts with its environment. The construction of high-covering unit tests and their execution require appropriate interactions with the environment such as a file system or database. To help set up the required environment, developers can use mock objects to simulate the behavior of the environment. In this paper, we present an empirical study to analyze the use of mock objects to test file-system-dependent software. We use a mock object of the FileSystem API provided with the Pex automatic testing tool in our study. We share our insights gained on the benefits of using mock objects in unit testing and discuss the faced challenges.

Details

Publication typeInproceedings
Published inProc. 4th International Workshop on Automation of Software Test (AST 2009), Business and Industry Case Studies
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
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