Creating module skeleton from unit tests

Edvard Majakari edvard+news at
Tue Mar 8 12:02:39 CET 2005

Peter Maas <peter at> writes:

> I think this is too difficult, because there are many ways to write
> code (even skeletons) for a use case. An easier approach would
> be to write the skeleton manually, embed the test cases in the doc
> strings and generate the test code from the doc strings. If I
> remember correctly IBM has published something to generate unit
> tests from code. Python has a doctest module to support testing
> derived from doc strings. This can be combined with unit tests.

Yes - actually I channged my mind in somewhere in the article - I actually
don't want to create typical use-cases in the test bed, rather create a
skeleton which covers each method at least somehow (no code inside skeleton
would be needed).

>  > The problem can be solved more easily if you design the module
>> skeleton first, then the tests and then the logic for the skeleton
>> - you would be creating tests before the code, but many people
>  > wouldn't regard it as TDD then.

> You shouldn't care if your approach works for you.

Yes, you are right. I didn't select my words very well - I just meant that it
wouldn't be TDD then. Of course it might work, but I'd like to to it the TDD
way for now.

But thanks for the tip, I could see what IBM has done and then forget about
doing it automatically :)

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