[python] Re: [wingide-users] Tests in Wing IDE 3.0
fuzzyman at voidspace.org.uk
Mon Nov 19 11:00:16 MST 2007
Wingware Support wrote:
> Pete wrote:
>> Lemme add another vote for py.test. I just started using it and it's
>> way nicer than unittest derrived tests (like nose). Mainly because
>> it doesn't reek of Java:
> We currently plan to develop a plugin system so many testing systems
> can be accommodated.
>> unittest (& nose):
>> self.AssertEquals(x, 'pants')
>> assert x == 'pants'
> Just as an aside, the assert form works in unittest derived tests --
> or at least I think it does and my tests seem to work even though I
> don't think I've ever used any of the assertThisOrThat methods. I'm
> sure each testing tool has its advantages but I suspect the assert
> statement can be used with all (or almost all) of them.
Yup - assert works fine with unittest. py.test has always been a bit
'magical' for my tastes, but tastes vary. :-)
I've always understood that the *main* feature of nose is test
autodiscovery (plus extensibility). Again I prefer to specify the
location of my tests myself (although perhaps nose includes a way of
doing this?). The disadvantage of vanilla unittest is that it has no
test discovery system and you have to roll your own every time.
I find the 'self.assertEquals' approach very intuitive and easy to read
FWIW. It also makes building a comprehensive framework by writing your
own assert methods very easy. I'm sure py.test has its own idiom for
this - but I'm quite happy with unittest.
Unfortunately we use IronPython so the built in test support doesn't
work for us. :-(
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