unit testing

danmcleran at yahoo.com danmcleran at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 4 21:21:35 CEST 2007


On Oct 4, 1:02 pm, brad <byte8b... at gmail.com> wrote:
> Does anyone else feel that unittesting is too much work? Not in general,
> just the official unittest module for small to medium sized projects?
>
> It seems easier to write some quick methods that are used when needed
> rather than building a program with integrated unittesting. I see the
> value of it (the official unittest that is)... especially when there's a
> lot of source code. But this...
>
> if len(x) != y:
>     sys.exit('...')
>
> is a hell of a lot easier and quicker that subclassing unittest.TestCase
> on small projects :)
>
> Do others do their own "informal" unit testing?
>
> Just curious,
>
> Brad

 I actually do a lot of unit testing. I find it both annoying and
highly necessary and useful. I can't tell you how many bugs have been
squashed before ever leaving my cube by good unit testing. I also
agree that it can be a real pain. My opinion is you should do TDD
(test-driven development) and do it as much as you can tolerate. It
really will save you time and hassle in the long run.




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