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Title: Characterizing the relative significance of a test smell
Authors: VAN ROMPAEY, Bart
du Bois, Bart
Demeyer, Serge
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: s.l. IEEE Computer Society 2006
Source: Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Software Maintenance (ICSM2006), September 2006. p. 391-400
Abstract: Test code, just like any other code we write, erodes when frequently changed. As such, refactoring, which has been shown to impact maintainability and comprehensibility, can be part of a solution to counter this erosion. We propose a metric-based heuristical approach, which allows to rank occurrences of so-called test smells (i.e. symptoms of poorly designed tests) according to their relative significance. This ranking can subsequently be used to start refactoring. Through an open-source case study, ArgoUML, we demonstrate that we are able to identify those test cases who violate unit test criteria.
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DOI: 10.1109/ICSM.2006.18
Category: A3
Type: Journal Contribution
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