DUnit: Advanced unit testing toolkit.

Gary Willoughby dev at nomad.so
Sun Sep 22 08:54:37 PDT 2013

On Sunday, 22 September 2013 at 13:13:29 UTC, linkrope wrote:
> Have a look at https://github.com/linkrope/dunit, especially at
> the "Related Projects".
> Until now, my preferred tool for (large-scale) unit testing in D
> would be the combination of my dunit framework (of course),
> DMocks-revived for mocks, and the 'must' matchers of specd.
> How does your toolkit fit in?

I looked at DMocks and Specd before i started work on DUnit to 
see what was out there. I'm not saying that DUnit does anything 
really different than those two combined but i'm trying to make 
it simpler to use and more intuitive.

For example DMocks uses an intermediary object to handle the 
mocks. This is thought was a bit strange as this behaviour should 
be in the mock to begin with. So my first objective was to 
provide a way of very simply creating a mock object and to 
interact with that mock object directly. This also fulfilled the 
secondary objective of moving 'setup' code out of the unit test 
and making them more easy to read. Also DUnit solved the problem 
that Dmocks doesn't address of correctly handling Object base 
class methods properly. All methods can fall-through to parent 
implementations or be replaced at runtime.

Specd is a nice approach to defining constraints but again it 
seems overkill for something that should be simple. I don't do 
anything different, i just do it in a different way.

     specd: 1.must.be.greater_than(0);
     dunit: 1.assertGreaterThan(0);

The reason i've gone with just providing more specific assert 
methods is that i can create nice helpful error message when 
things go wrong. For example this line:


Creates this error:

     | Failed asserting equal
     | File: example.d
     | Line: 85
     | ✓ Expected int: 1
     | ✗ Actual int: 2

Making debugging what went wrong loads easier. These messages 
give you so much useful info that you will never go back to only 
using assert() again.

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