Python and TAP
tjreedy at udel.edu
Mon Feb 6 21:51:54 CET 2012
On 2/6/2012 7:24 AM, Frank Becker wrote:
> On 06.02.12 01:58, Matej Cepl wrote:
>> I have just finished listening to the FLOSS Weekly podcast #200
>> (http://twit.tv/show/floss-weekly/200) on autotest, where I've learned
>> about the existence of TAP (http://testanything.org/). A standardization
>> of testing seems to be so obviously The Right Thing™, that it is strange
>> that I don't see much related movement in the Python world (I know only
TAP is not about 'standardization of testing' but standardized
communication of test results between test modules and test harness.
Python's two stdlib test packages include both test-writing methods and
a test harness. They are compatible in the sense that doctests can be
run within the unittest framework.
>> about http://git.codesimply.com/?p=PyTAP.git;a=summary or
>> git://git.codesimply.com/PyTAP.git, which seems to be very very simple
>> and only producer).
I presume PyTAP does something like converting (or rather, wrapping)
output from unittests to (or rather, within) the TAP format, which
includes wrapping in YAMLish. Or it provides alternate versions of the
numerous AssertXxx functions in unittest. This is useful for someone
running Python tests within a TAP harness, but not otherwise.
>> What am I missing? Why nobody seems to care about joining TAP standard?
The 'TAP standard' is what the Perl TAP module does. There is a
pre-draft for an IETF standard. You could ask why Perl people don't care
about joining the unittest 'standard'.
Terry Jan Reedy
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