Luisa’s paper “How are Solidity smart contracts tested in open source projects? An exploratory study” was accepted for publication at AST 2022! Super congrats Luisa!
“Smart contracts are self-executing programs that are stored on the blockchain. Once a smart contract is compiled and deployed on the blockchain, it cannot be modified. Therefore, having a bug-free smart contract is vital. To ensure a bug-free smart contract, it must be tested thoroughly. However, little is known about how developers test smart contracts in practice. Our study explores 139 open source smart contract projects that are written in Solidity to investigate the state of smart contract testing from three dimensions: (1) the developers working on the tests, (2) the used testing frameworks and testnets and (3) the type of tests that are conducted. We found that mostly core developers of a project are responsible for testing the contracts. Second, developers typically use only functional testing frameworks to test a smart contract, with Truffle being the most popular one. Finally, our results show that functional testing is conducted in most of the studied projects (93%), security testing is only performed in a few projects (9.4%) and traditional performance testing is conducted in none. In addition, we found 25 projects that mentioned or published external audit reports.”
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