An Examination of Selected Software Testing Tools: 1992
INSTITUTE FOR DEFENSE ANALYSES ALEXANDRIA VA
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This paper reports on the examination of 27 tools that provide for test management, problem reporting, and static and dynamic analysis of Ada code. It provides software development managers with information that will help them gain an understanding of the current capabilities of tools that are commercially available, the functionality of these tools, and how they can aid the development and support of Ada software. During the course of the examination, the static and dynamic analysis tools were applied to a sample Ada program in order to assess their functionality. The test management and problem reporting tools were also subject to a practical examination using vendor-supplied data. Each tool was then described in terms of its functionality, ease of use, and documentation and support. Problems encountered during the examination and other pertinent observations were also recorded. Available testing tools offer important opportunities for increasing software quality and reducing development and support costs. The wide variety of functionality provided by tools in the same category, however, and, in some cases, lack of tool maturity, require careful tool selection on behalf of a potential user.
- Computer Programming and Software
- Antimissile Defense Systems