[Tutor] testing: doctest and unittest
Colin J. Williams
cjw at sympatico.ca
Tue Nov 8 16:16:17 CET 2005
Alex Hunsley wrote:
>Regards testing, I've been playing with both the unittest
>(http://pyunit.sourceforge.net/pyunit.html) and doctest
>(http://docs.python.org/lib/module-doctest.html). I was wondering what
>peoples thoughts were on the effectiveness and convenience of one versus
>the other. It seems to me that doctest is good for quicky and
>straightforwards input/output tests for small units, whereas unittest
>would be good for dynamic or complicated testing.
>Where do you seasoned pythonites see unittest and doctest in relation to
>each other? Do you only use one or the other?
>Tutor maillist - Tutor at python.org
I looked at doctest and feel that it clutters the module text and so
would prefer unittest but I haven't yet got to formalizing my tests in
See some of the numarray source as an example of clutter. Some argue
that having the examples in the source is beneficial. I agree but feel
that the clutter outweighs the benefit.
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