A simpler test framework?

Ben Finney ben+bazaar at benfinney.id.au
Tue Jul 14 10:29:43 BST 2009

Jonathan Lange <jml at mumak.net> writes:

> On Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 5:47 PM, Martin Pool<mbp at sourcefrog.net> wrote:
> > Doctest has a bit of a bad reputation at least around Canonical for
> >causing some testing antipatterns
> For the record, many people at Canonical think doctests are actually
> pretty good.
> Of course, they are wrong.

I think doctests are pretty good — for testing narrative examples
interspersed within documentation (“narrative tests”). That's a good
purpose, and doctest does it simply and well.

But narrative tests are horrible for unit testing.

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Ben Finney

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