Avocado: Open-Source Flexible Constrained Interaction Testing for Practical Application
This paper presents the outcome of a research collaboration between academia and industry to implement and utilize the capabilities of constrained interaction testing for an open-source tool for industrial-scale application. The project helps promote flexibility in generating constrained interaction test suites, executing them, and setting up a test oracle to report them-all within the same tool called Avocado. Avocado employs a constraint solver with computational algorithms to generate constrained interaction test suites. The environment of the application under test can be set up to execute the generated test suite with minimum effort. A test oracle can be set up by the tool to report the status and the results of the executed test cases. Avocado represents a comprehensive and flexible solution for conducting combinatorial interaction testing (CIT) and constrained CIT on an industrial application. In this paper, we present the structure of the tool and our method of implementing the algorithms in detail.