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The reliability of compilers, interpreters, and development environments for programming languages is essential for effective software development and maintenance. They are often tested only as an afterthought. Languages with a smaller scope, such as domain-specific languages, often remain untested. General-purpose testing techniques and test case generation methods fall short in providing a low-threshold solution for test-driven language development. In this paper, the authors introduce the notion of a Language-Parametric Testing Language (LPTL) that provides a reusable, generic basis for declaratively specifying language definition tests.
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