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Automatic Non-functional Testing of Code Generators Families


The intensive use of generative programming techniques provides an elegant engineering solution to deal with the heterogeneity of platforms and technological stacks. The use of domain-specific languages for example, leads to the creation of numerous code generators that automatically translate highlevel system specifications into multi-target executable code. Producing correct and efficient code generator is complex and error-prone. Although software designers provide generally high-level test suites to verify the functional outcome of generated code, it remains challenging and tedious to verify the behavior of produced code in terms of non-functional properties. This paper describes a practical approach based on a runtime monitoring infrastructure to automatically check the potential inefficient code generators. This infrastructure, based on system containers as execution platforms, allows code-generator developers to evaluate the generated code performance. We evaluate our approach by analyzing the performance of Haxe, a popular high-level programming language that involves a set of cross-platform code generators. Experimental results show that our approach is able to detect some performance inconsistencies that reveal real issues in Haxe code generators.
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Mohamed Boussaa, Olivier Barais, Benoit Baudry, Gerson Sunyé. Automatic Non-functional Testing of Code Generators Families. 15th International Conference on Generative Programming: Concepts & Experiences (GPCE 2016), Oct 2016, Amsterdam, Netherlands. pp.11. ⟨hal-01356849⟩
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