[Python-ideas] Builtin test function

Steven D'Aprano steve at pearwood.info
Thu Mar 19 11:48:53 CET 2009

On Thu, 19 Mar 2009 08:59:08 pm Fredrik Johansson wrote:
> There's been some discussion about automatic test discovery lately.
> Here's a random (not in any way thought through) idea: add a builtin
> function test() that runs tests associated with a given function,
> class, module, or object.

Improved testing is always welcome, but why a built-in?

I know testing is important, but is it so common and important that we 
need it at our fingertips, so to speak, and can't even import a module 
first before running tests? What's the benefit to making it a built-in 
instead of part of a test module?

Steven D'Aprano

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