test scenario adaption (was Re: [MERGE] repository external reference tests (StackedBranches))

Jonathan Lange jml at mumak.net
Wed Jun 11 02:14:24 BST 2008

On Thu, Jun 5, 2008 at 5:37 PM, Martin Pool <mbp at canonical.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 5, 2008 at 5:02 PM, Vincent Ladeuil <v.ladeuil+lp at free.fr> wrote:
>> Err, I really prefer *this* form or any form capturing the test
>> parameters in a single place in a single class with subclasses
>> tweaking the scenarios at will.
>> If you look at tests/test_http.py you'll see that you can then
>> decide test class by test class what parametrization you want to
>> apply.
>> Here you separate between all_repository_format_scenarios() and
>> formats_to_scenarios(), but using adapter classes leave far more
>> room for variations.
> Hello Vincent,
> Thankyou for reading this too.
> Parameterized tests are pretty powerful but I think we are all going
> at them in slightly different ways.  So maybe we can try again to
> settle a standard way, and avoid confusion or debating it for each
> patch.
> It seems to me that what api clients might need to do are
>  1- provide, under a name, a set of scenarios: "all repository formats"
>   1a- combine together two sets of scenarios to get the cross
> product: "all (repository, branch) pairs"
>   1b- filter the scenarios by a condition like "all repository
> formats that support external references"
>  2- specify that some set of tests should be run once for each
> scenario in a named set; this might be all tests in a class or in a
> module.
> Maybe other things need to be on that list?

Regarding 2, I'd say that 'named set' should include arbitrary test
suites. That's the standard way of managing a set of tests. Making the
adaptation routines rely on the bzrlib TestLoader just makes life more
difficult for those of us who are compelled to use other TestLoaders.

Other that that, you cover all of my current use cases.

> I believe that people will not normally need to customize _how_ the
> tests are adapted: just putting a dictionary onto the test object lets
> it do all necessary adaption during setup or construction.

Also, bzrlib will often have base test case classes that will do the
necessary legwork.

> Now it seems to me that the first one basically needs to generate a
> sequence of dicts and a function is enough for that. As Robert says,
> you can compose them.  On the other hand classes can be more
> extensible.  But I dislike that TestScenarioAdapter mixes together the
> job of generating this list and of multiplying it out across tests.

I'm not sure I follow. AIUI, you can set the list of scenarios by
setting the 'scenarios' attribute directly. This separates generating
the list from the multiplying.

One thing that confuses me is that TestScenarioApplier has methods for
adapting single test case instances, but not test suites. To do that,
one must use the adapt_tests function. To have such a distinction
between singular and plural seems unnecessary.


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