On 4 March 2013 18:54, Guido van Rossum email@example.com wrote:
On Sun, Mar 3, 2013 at 9:24 PM, Robert Collins firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I'd like to talk about overhauling - not tweaking, overhauling - the standard library testing facilities.
That seems like too big a topic and too vague a description to discuss usefully. Perhaps you have a specific proposal? Or at least just a use case that's poorly covered?
I have both - I have a draft implementation for a new test result API (and forwards and backwards compat code etc), and use cases that drive it. I started a thread here - http://lists.idyll.org/pipermail/testing-in-python/2013-February/005434.html , with blog posts https://rbtcollins.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/time-to-revise-the-subunit-proto... https://rbtcollins.wordpress.com/2013/02/15/more-subunit-needs/ https://rbtcollins.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/first-experience-implementing-st... https://rbtcollins.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/simpler-is-better/
They are focused on subunit, but much of subunit's friction has been due to issues encountered from the stdlibrary TestResult API - in particular three things: - the single-active-test model that the current API (or at least implementation) has. - the expectation that all test outcomes will originate from the same interpreter (or something with a live traceback object) - the inability to supply details about errors other than the exception
All of which start to bite rather deep when working on massively parallel test environments.
It is of course possible for subunit and related tools to run their own implementation, but it seems ideal to me to have a common API which regular unittest, nose, py.test and others can all agree on and use : better reuse for pretty printers, GUI displays and the like depend on some common API.
TBH, your choice of words is ambiguous -- are you interested in overhauling the facilities for testing *of* the standard library (i.e. the 'test' package), or the testing facilities *provided by* the standard library (i.e. the unittest module)?
Sorry! Testing facilities provided by the standard library. They should naturally facilitate testing of the standard library too.
-- --Guido van Rossum (python.org/~guido)