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An intelligent robot to exterminate Internet bugs

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Posted June 3, 2013
Credit: 2013 Alain Herzog

Credit: 2013 Alain Herzog

BugBuster: one bot can test almost every function on a website. This tiny revolution for web developers means great gains in time and reliability.
To overcome problems that come with using websites, which can be annoying and bring extensive financial consequences for large companies, the start-up BugBuster has invented the first intelligent tool that finds out on its own how to interact with an application whose code it tests according to various possible scenarios. It notes the problems to designers as screen captures. The robot, currently available in beta form, will save a lot of time for designers and provides increased reliability. In the next few days, two of the designers of this technology from the Operating Systems Laboratory of EPFL, Olivier Crameri and Renault John-Lecoultre, will present their system in the United States during two major conferences for specialists.

 

And how does a designer ensure that an entire application, which can contain hundreds of screens, is working properly? Testing websites still poses problems to web developers because existing tools are incomplete and full of loopholes. For each change to a small part of the code, it is necessary to test functionality and ensure that it does not cause collateral damage to the site. The start-up’s first product allows developers to combine the automatic exploration of the technical elements with a very intuitive Javascript API for specifying functional properties.

Simply enter the URL onto the company’s website and press “start.” The automatic and intelligent explorer analyzes the source code and guesses where to click and what values to enter in order to maximize code coverage. It then identifies the bugs on screen captures and provides detailed information on debugging.

Read more at: Phys.org

 

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