Aydal, E. G., Utting, M. & Woodcock, J.(2008). A comparison of state-based modelling tools for model validation. In R.F. Paige & B. Meyer(Eds), Proceedings of 46th International Conference, TOOLS EUROPE 2008, Zurich, Switzerland, June 30 - July 4, 2008(pp. 278-296). Berlin, Germany: Springer.
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In model-based testing, one of the biggest decisions taken before modelling is the modelling language and the model analysis tool to be used to model the system under investigation. UML, Alloy and Z are examples of popular state-based modelling languages. In the literature, there has been research about the similarities and the differences between modelling languages. However, we believe that, in addition to recognising the expressive power of modelling languages, it is crucial to detect the capabilities and the weaknesses of analysis tools that parse and analyse models written in these languages. In order to explore this area, we have chosen four model analysis tools: USE, Alloy Analyzer, ZLive and ProZ and observed how modelling and validation stages of MBT are handled by these tools for the same system. Through this experiment, we not only concretise the tasks that form the modelling and validation stages of MBT process, but also reveal how efficiently these tasks are carried out in different tools.
This is an author’s version of an article published in the Proceedings of 46th International Conference, TOOLS EUROPE 2008, Zurich, Switzerland, June 30 - July 4, 2008. ©2008 Springer.