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Practical Experiences in Graph Based Testing

I went off to StarEAST 2003 and spoke about my experiences with graph based testing, the tools I use and the models of testing that I have built up in order to conceptualise a context within which graph based testing can work. The paper also looks at how higher level models can help reduce the work involved in manual scripting.

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Practical Experiences With Graph Based Software Testing

Alan Richardson gave a talk at StarEast 2003 based around his experiences with Graph Based Testing.

You can read the 27 page supporting paper as a pdf file here.

Tool Changes and New Tools

Some tools have new versions since the paper was written and I have stumbled across some new tools.

  • Graphopt has a new version
  • Tintfu has been updated
  • here is another dot editor for windows DynaGraph
  • Tulip is designed to visualise large graphs, and uses its own graph file format, but can import from GML. It does have some fairly complicated install dependencies.
  • PAJEK is another visualisation tool for large graphs.

Simple Spreadsheet

In the paper I mention how simple it would be to construct a spreadsheet that you can use to create the graphs and use to build extra functionality with.

Well, I thought it would be unfair to let that statement stand without proof, so I have knocked up a small spreadsheet here. Feel free to download it and change as you require. Instructions on its use can be found in the zip (196kb).

Links to the majority of graph languages, lists of graph books and links to the Graph Drawing Symposiums

Graph Theory Tutorials, by Chris Caldwell

Reinhard Diestel’s “Graph Theory”, 2nd Edition, published by Springer, has an on-line electronic version.

Harry Robinson’s model based testing site always has plenty of interesting papers

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