Tutorial: QuickCheck Mini

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QuickCheck support property based development. Instead of writing test cases for your applications, you write a one-pager with a QuickCheck property from which hundreds of test cases are generated automatically. QuickCheck simplifies failing cases to a minimal example on a test failure (so that fault diagnosis is quick and easy). QuickCheck enables developers to dramatically improve test coverage, and find obscure errors at an earlier stage, lowering costs and improving quality as a result.

In this tutorial we will look at QuickCheck Mini, the free version of the QuickCheck library, and use examples to show how developers write QuickCheck specifications—which are actually Erlang programs using the QuickCheck API—and use them to test code written in Erlang or other programming languages. We will show how QuickCheck’s shrinking finds tiny examples that provoke errors, making the step from observing a bug to diagnosing it very short indeed, and we will show how property driven development can produce code that is solid from the word go.

Speakers:

  • Thomas Arts

    Professor and co-founder of QuviQ AB
    QuviQ AB

    Prof Thomas Arts is the co-founder and CTO of Quviq, a small company that produced QuickCheck, as testing tool for Erlang. Thomas has over 30 publications in various journals and has experience refereeing conferences and workshops. He has successfully introduced some new technologies to the industry, the latest being QuickCheck, a tool for property based testing and aims to support test driven development. Thomas is also a professor at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.

    Thomas was one of the members of Ericsson's computer science lab where he worked on program verification and the development of the Erlang programming language. He has also worked in the broad spectrum theoretical computer science, formal methods and industrial case-study research, mainly applying all kind of techniques to systems written in Erlang. 

    Thomas Arts
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Posted on October 31, 2011

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