fredrik at pythonware.com
Wed Apr 23 21:21:35 CEST 2003
> There were several times when I wrote what I thought were
> correct tests for the BCD module, and my code was right and
> my test was wrong.
here's the effbot "don't think if you don't have to" approach
to successful testing:
1. create a test script.
2. use 'doctest' to verify that your test script works as
expected. add functions with docstrings to the test
script, and add code to the docstrings that exercises
parts of your code.
3. add a few simple tests with expected results
4. write code
5. when all the simple tests pass, add more sophisticated
tests, but don't add any expected output just yet.
6. run the test again, to see what results your code is producing.
verify the results manually, in some suitable way.
- for each result that turns out to be correct, copy the
result into the test suite.
- if you get a bogus result, go back to item 4.
7. if you feel that you need more tests, go to item 5.
8. if you need to add more features, go to item 3.
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