GUIDER: GUI structure and vision co-guided test script repair for Android apps

Tongtong Xu, Minxue Pan, Yu Pei, Guiyin Li, Xia Zeng, Tian Zhang, Yuetang Deng, Xuandong Li

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Abstract

GUI testing is an essential part of regression testing for Android apps. For regression GUI testing to remain effective, it is important that obsolete GUI test scripts get repaired after the app has evolved. In this paper, we propose a novel approach named GUIDER to automated repair of GUI test scripts for Android apps. The key novelty of the approach lies in the utilization of both structural and visual information of widgets on app GUIs to better understand what widgets of the base version app become in the updated version. A supporting tool has been implemented for the approach. Experiments conducted on the popular messaging and social media app WeChat show that GUIDER is both effective and efficient. Repairs produced by GUIDER enabled 88.8% and 54.9% more test actions to run correctly than those produced by existing approaches to GUI test repair that rely solely on visual or structural information of app GUIs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISSTA 2021 - Proceedings of the 30th ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on Software Testing and Analysis
EditorsCristian Cadar, Xiangyu Zhang
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages191-203
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781450384599
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2021
Event30th ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on Software Testing and Analysis, ISSTA 2021 - Virtual, Online, Denmark
Duration: 11 Jul 202117 Jul 2021

Publication series

NameISSTA 2021 - Proceedings of the 30th ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on Software Testing and Analysis

Conference

Conference30th ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on Software Testing and Analysis, ISSTA 2021
Country/TerritoryDenmark
CityVirtual, Online
Period11/07/2117/07/21

Keywords

  • Android testing
  • GUI analysis
  • Test script repair

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Theory and Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Software

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