Class mutation operators for C++ object-oriented systems

  • Pedro Delgado-Pérez
  • Inmaculada Medina-Bulo
  • Juan José Domínguez-Jiménez
  • Antonio García-Domínguez
  • Francisco Palomo-Lozano


Mutation testing is a fault injection testing technique around which a great variety of studies and tools for different programming languages have been developed. Nevertheless, the mutation testing research with respect to C++ is pending. This paper proposes a set of class mutation operators related to this language and its particular object-oriented (OO) features. In addition, an implementation technique to apply mutation testing based on the traversal of the abstract syntax tree (AST) is presented. Finally, an experiment is conducted to study the operator behaviour with different C++ programs, suggesting their usefulness in the creation of complete test suites. The analysis includes a Web service (WS) library, one of the domains where this technique can prove useful, considering its challenging testing phase and that C++ is still a reference language for critical distributed systems WS.


Mutation testing Mutation operators C++ Object-oriented programming Abstract syntax tree Web services 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pedro Delgado-Pérez
    • 1
  • Inmaculada Medina-Bulo
    • 1
  • Juan José Domínguez-Jiménez
    • 1
  • Antonio García-Domínguez
    • 1
  • Francisco Palomo-Lozano
    • 1
  1. 1.Escuela Superior de IngeneríaUniversity of CádizCádizSpain

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