AuthorsN. Lazaar, A. Gotlieb and Y. Lebbah
TitleA CP Framework for Testing CP
Afilliation, , Software Engineering
Project(s)The Certus Centre (SFI)
StatusPublished
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
JournalConstraints
Volume17
Number2
Pagination123-147
Date PublishedFebruary
PublisherSpringer US
Abstract

The success of several constraint-based modeling languages such as OPL, ZINC or COMET, appeals for better software engineering practices, particularly in the testing phase. This paper introduces a testing framework enabling automated test case generation for constraint programming. We propose a general framework of constraint program development which supposes that a first declarative and simple constraint model is available from the problem specifications analysis. Then, this model is refined using classical techniques such as constraint reformulation, surrogate, redundant, implied, global constraint and symmetry-breaking to form an improved constraint model that must be thoroughly tested before being used to address real-sized problems. We think that most of the faults are introduced in this refinement step and propose a process which takes the first declarative model as an oracle for detecting non-conformities and derive practical test purposes from this process. We implemented this approach in a new tool called {\sf CPTEST} that was used to automatically detect non-conformities on classical benchmark programs, such as the Golomb rulers, n-queens, social golfer and the car-sequencing problems.

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