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Experiences of Test Automation: Case Studies of Software Test Automation by Mark Fewster, Dorothy Graham

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Chapter 9. Model-Based Test-Case Generation in ESA Projects

Stefan MohacsiArmin Beer

Stefan Mohacsi and Armin Beer describe their experience in using model-based testing (MBT) for the European Space Agency (ESA). Their team developed a test automation framework that took significant effort to set up but eventually was able to generate automated tests very quickly when the application changed. This chapter includes an excellent return-on-investment calculation applicable to other automation efforts (not just MBT). The team estimated break-even at four iterations/releases. The need for levels of abstraction in the testware architecture is well described. The application being tested was ESA’s Multi-Mission User Information Services. The multinational ...

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