[Python-Dev] Unittest PEP do's and don'ts (BDFL pronouncement)

Steve Holden steve at holdenweb.com
Thu Jul 17 04:22:06 CEST 2008

Ben Finney wrote:
> Michael Foord <fuzzyman at voidspace.org.uk> writes:
>> Collecting testcases from the filesystem is a pain. But actually
>> writing tests (including custom TestCases) using the unittest API is
>> fine. I find unittest straightforward and readable, I like it.
>> I don't understand a lot of the criticism comes in for.
> For my part, I wanted the redundancies removed and the PEP 8
> conformance fixed as a precondition too *any* addition to the unittest
> API.
> Without those two (and the BDFL's pronouncement at the head of this
> thread means they're not an option), I can't see the unittest API
> getting anything except increasingly hideous and painful to use.
Yes, but unless I misunderstand you, you don't regard a mass renaming of 
the module's functionality and removal of existing aliases as a change 
to the API. As far as I'm concerned, if I have to alter my code to use 
the updated module you have changed the API. Test code is particularly 
sensitive to such changes.

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