Coupling-based Integration Testing

Second IEEE International Conference on Engineering of Complex Computer Systems (ICECCS 96), pages 10--17, Montreal, Canada, October 1996.

Zhenyi Jin and Jeff Offutt


Integration testing is an important part of the testing process, but few integration testing techniques have been systematically studied or defined. This paper presents an integration testing technique based on couplings between software components. The coupling-based testing technique is described, and coverage criteria for three types of 12 coupling levels are defined. This technique can be used to support integration testing of software components, and satisfies part of the FAA's requirements for structural coverage analysis of software.

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