Abstract—Test Coverage is an important step in software testing and a good indicator of software quality. It helps in evaluating the effectiveness of testing by providing data on different coverage items. It ensures that testing is effectively carried out without missing out all the key functional areas or the features of the software under development. We have analyzed several software traceability approaches to understand the existing test coverage framework. These approaches have been classified in different categories. Moreover, we have compared researchers work based on these approaches. Comparison has been made based on some criteria such as coverage types, data base support, software traceability support, regression testing support, coverage construction and coverage re-construction techniques. We are of the opinion, although much research effort has been put on how to get coverage information by either code based testing or requirement based testing, not much has been paid to measure the coverage by combining both to get integrated coverage.
Index Terms—Test Coverage, Code Coverage, Software Traceability, Software Testing.
Muhammad Shahid is Ph.D. candidate at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Jalan Semarak, 54100, Kualalumpur, Malaysia (phone: +6 016 2242627; fax: +60 3 26930933; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Suhaimi Ibrahim is with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Jalan Semarak, 54100, Kualalumpur, Malaysia (e-mail: email@example.com).
Harihodin Selamat is with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Jalan Semarak, 54100, Kualalumpur, Malaysia (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Muhammad Shahid, Suhaimi Ibrahim, and Harihodin Selamat, "Test Coverage Measurement and Analysis on the Basis of Software Traceability Approaches," International Journal of Information and Electronics Engineering vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 115-119, 2011.