[py-dev] pytest news: plugins, pycon, release-separation

Samuele Pedroni pedronis at openend.se
Sat Feb 21 14:22:30 CET 2009

holger krekel wrote:
> Hi folks, 
> some good news.  as those glimpsing at pytest svn-commits know
> i am heavily working on a new plugin architecture.  I am
> really happy about it as those also following me on my
> brand-new twitter account (hpk42) might guess.  
> Around Pycon i am giving a tutorial about advanced testing
> topics including cross-platform distributed testing and 
> writing plugins and i plan to talk in detil about the new and 
> much improved ways of doing things. Here is the status: 
> * Terminal reporting is now a nice self-contained plugin
> * there is a new "xfail" plugin, inspired by SimPy to mark 
>   test functions as "expected to fail" and report specially 
> * a "poccoo" plugin for sending test failures to http://paste.pocoo.org
> * new plugins for managing setup/teardown of application state, 
>   using a turns-out-to-work-great new mechanism 
>   which i guess nosetests might imitate at some point :) 
Will plugins be able to customize/interact with collection or is that 
something that can only be done in conftests? I haven't looked deeply at 
the branch yet.

We are finally looking into open sourcing our (Open End) infrastructure 
that we briefly spoke about at last europython, to test javascript in 
browsers (more unit testing and integration testing than ui driving 
testing) through py.test and trying to cleanup some aspects of it; ways 
to control collection for special file extensions or for special base 
classes etc would be interesting.


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