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"Software Testing is the process of executing a program or system with the intent of finding errors.", Myers, 1979. The most important activity in this process is designing the required set of effective test cases. Thus, the problem is narrowed down to determining the exact number of required test cases and increasing their effectiveness.
Project FoX is a production ready tool developed in Java, which offers Java developers the opportunity to leverage the proven theories and concepts of formal testing using generalized state automata (X-Machines) as a theoretical model of computation. The formal testing strategy FoX is applying, is proven to generate a complete test set that ensures the correctness of the implementation with respect to the specification.
FoX enhances a novel testing process that is fully automated, ranging from complete test set generation, to test preparation and execution. This method can be applied to any Java based software system, regardless of its underlying technologies. Utilizing a formal approach will provide unambiguous test cases which are objective and not subjective to the tester’s experience and intuition.
The formal testing strategy provides functional testing that tests not only for the desired system behaviour (the system does what it should) but also tests that the system has no undesired behaviour (the system does not do anything it should not do).
This short presentation will strive to give the audience an overview of the formal testing methodology and a demonstration of the tool (FoX). It will also showcase a real-life demo of the project FoX, applied to a Java SE application and will discuss how the methodology can be applied to any Java EE or ME application.
Anyone with a software engineering background will be able to easily follow the talk and understand the benefits which this process offers to modern day software engineering.