Archive for February, 2008

JUnit Factory Part 3: Improving Code Coverage

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

JUnit Factory is rather clever how it analyzes and executes your code to generate characterization tests. However, legacy Java code was generally not written with testability in mind. This sometimes makes it difficult for JUnit Factory to attain complete coverage of your code due to the need for objects to exist in a complex state or the need to interact with an external resource such as a database.

JUnit Factory is often able to generate mock instances automatically for problematic classes. When automocking fails, the developer can improve coverage by either extracting behaviors into private methods or by providing hints to JUnit Factory in the form of test data helpers.