[PATCH] New factory which creates arbitrary model objects to be used in tests.
guilherme.salgado at linaro.org
Tue Mar 1 04:08:07 EST 2011
On Mon, 2011-02-28 at 14:04 +0100, Dirk Wallenstein wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 09:32:33AM -0300, Guilherme Salgado wrote:
> > On Sat, 2011-02-26 at 10:05 +0100, Dirk Wallenstein wrote:
> > > On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 04:35:51PM -0300, Guilherme Salgado wrote:
> > > I guess you want to solve the problem of creating an initial db state.
> > > I personally would prefer a fixture that creates a state with more
> > > reasonable names like:
> > > TestProjectA
> > > TestProjectB
> > > TestUserA
> > > TestUserB
> > > TestMaintainer
> > > etc and/or similar
> > > That would make it much easier to inspect than arbitrary numbers (eg in
> > > test mails).
> > > Maybe have a TestFixtureMixIn class that has a 'fixtures' attribute and
> > > that makes those models available as properties (wrap the lookup).
> > > I assume that would cover most of the testing needs and clients would
> > > not have to create it themselves.
> > There are a few reasons why I didn't go down that route:
> > First, having a fixture definition separated from the tests themselves
> > make the test less readable as you have to lookup the fixture to see
> > what data is being made available to the test.
> > Second, sharing a single fixture between multiple tests, although
> > probably a time-saver in the short term, will lead to less maintainable
> > tests in the long term. That's because most tests would certainly depend
> > on just a subset of the fixture and it's very hard to tell what's that
> > subset and whether or not the rest of the fixture affects the test in
> > some way. The most common annoyance you'll see when you have a shared
> > fixture is tests breaking when you add new stuff to the fixture.
> > http://xunitpatterns.com/Shared%20Fixture.html has more info about
> > shared fixtures and when to use them. I think shared fixtures work fine
> > if you have tests that need lots of data in the DB and don't share the
> > fixture between too many tests, but that doesn't seem to be the case
> > here.
> > Recently I've worked on a project which had a shared fixture and it was
> > very painful to maintain the tests that relied on it, so we stopped
> > using that and started having our tests define their own fixture. It
> > made our tests more verbose but a lot more maintainable/readable.
> > That's why I avoided the shared fixture pattern this time.
> Well, in short, the idea was to provide a foundation of things one usually
> doesn't care about what the specific settings are -- when you just need
> a project, a user, a maintainer. If you need specific settings you can
> still make incremental changes to the settings you want to test.
Oh, sure, that sounds fine, but as you said some tests would still need
to create more objects and that's where the factory is useful.
Guilherme Salgado <https://launchpad.net/~salgado>
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