[Python-Dev] PEP 8 conformance of unittest (was: unittest's redundant assertions: asserts vs. failIf/Unlesses)

Ben Finney bignose+hates-spam at benfinney.id.au
Mon Jul 14 00:28:41 CEST 2008

"Guido van Rossum" <guido at python.org> writes:

> Same here; let's tread carefully here and not change this with 3.0.
> Starting to deprecate in 3.1 and killing in 3.3 would be soon enough.
> I like using only the assertKeyword variants, removing assert_, fail*,
> and assertEquals.

Are we to interpret the above ("… using only the assertKeyword
variants, removing assert_, …") as "we should actively remove names
that are PEP 8 compatible from 'unittest', instead preferring names
that go against PEP 8?

I really hope I'm misinterpreting this and that there's another
explanation. Preferably one that includes "we have a plan to make
'unittest' conform with the existing PEP 8".

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