Chapter 17

Closing Thoughts and Future Directions

TTCN-3 is a living language. As these words are written, there is active work going on at the European Telecommunication Standardisation Institute (ETSI) to maintain and extend the language. Lately, in addition to extending the core notation, several extension packages have been defined which we have also outlined in this book. Extension packages introduce, in a more self contained manner, new language concepts for advanced uses and new application areas of TTCN-3 such as performance and real-time testing.

A great source of information is ETSI's official TTCN-3 website http://www.ttcn-3.org. Here, you can download the latest version of the TTCN-3 language standards documents and find out how to join the TTCN-3 mailing list, an open forum to ask questions and discuss issues about the use and development of the TTCN-3 language. In addition, you can find links to all of the known TTCN-3 tools, open source developments, public test suites, tutorials, presentations from all the TTCN-3 User Conferences, as well as information about how to become a certified TTCN-3 test engineer. Finally, it also provides instructions for submitting change requests on any of TTCN-3 standards or the extensions. This mechanism can be used by anyone to report errors in the standard, defects or inconsistencies in the language, or to propose new extensions. Change requests are reviewed regularly by ETSI's TTCN-3 maintenance group.

As we write this book, it ...

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