Andrea Romdhana, Mariano Ceccato, Gabriel Claudiu Georgiu, Alessio Merlo, Paolo Tonella

Cosmo: Code coverage made easier for Android


The degree of code coverage reached by a test suite is an important indicator of the thoroughness of testing. Most coverage tools for Android apps work at the bytecode level and provide no information to developers about which source code lines have not yet been exercised by any test case. In this paper, we present COSMO, the first fully automated Android app instrumenter that operates at the source code level in a completely transparent way, making it fully compatible with existing system level testing technologies and Android test generators. The experiments that we have conducted on a large benchmark of Android apps show that COSMO can successfully instrument most apps without altering their execution traces, introducing a small, acceptable runtime overhead.

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