[Python-ideas] Fwd: doctest

Mark Janssen dreamingforward at gmail.com
Mon Feb 27 20:23:15 CET 2012

I just realized I've been replying personally to these replies instead
of the whole list (damn I hate that!).  So resending a bunch of
messages that went to individuals.  [Mark]
On Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 3:12 PM, Nick Coghlan <ncoghlan at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Feb 18, 2012 at 7:57 AM, Mark Janssen <dreamingforward at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Anyway... of course patches welcome, yes...  ;^)
> Not really. doctest is for *testing code example in docs*.

I understand.  This is exactly what I was wanting to use it for.  As
Tim says "literate testing" or "executable documentation".

The suggestions I made are for enhancing those two.

Personally, I don't find unittest very suitable for test-driven
*development*, although it *is* obviously well-suited for writing
assurance tests otherwise.

The key difference, to me, is in that doctest promotes tests being
written in order to have the *additional functionality* of
documentation.    That makes it fun since your getting "twice the
value for the cost of one", and that alone is the major item which
drives test-driven development (IMHO) within the spirit of python,
otherwise unittest is rather bulky to write in and of itself.

Does anyone really use unittest outside the context of shop policy?


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