[TIP] django fixtures

Kumar McMillan kumar.mcmillan at gmail.com
Wed Mar 7 09:10:16 PST 2007

re: "fixture", not sure what to say, sorry? :)  I kinda like module
names that indicate what the module is doing.  But I like the name
twill too.  Now that I know what it is I can look at twill and think -
that's for writing functional website tests.  But I guess what I was
going for is somone browsing a list of modules and seeing "fixture"
and sort-of knowing what it probably does.

Just be glad I didn't call it pyfixture!!

As for the django fixtures, I plan to try this out when I start on my
next django app.  However, I will be biased only because I've wrestled
with my own fixture interface for so long now and made a lot of
enhancements out of that.

I'm also not thrilled about the railsness of the django fixtures.  I
think translating the way rails does things to python is only useful
up to a certain point because, IMHO, python has many common patterns
built in that ruby does not (a trivial example: a directoy is a
module, a singleton code object.  rejoice!).

On 3/7/07, Titus Brown <titus at caltech.edu> wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 07, 2007 at 09:36:21AM -0600, Jeff Bauer wrote:
> -> FYI: During Kumar's talk at PyCon last week he mentioned
> -> that Django would soon be supporting fixtures.  The code
> -> has since been checked into the trunk (and documented!)
> ->
> -> http://www.djangoproject.com/documentation/testing/#fixtures
> Hi, Jeff/Kumar,
> I'm all for this kind of thing, but did the name have to be "fixture"?
> Isn't this going to get kind of confusing?
> "Oh, did the fixture use the fixture to put the data in the database, or
> do we need to add that functionality to the fixture?"
> (Sometimes I think my habit of free-associating my python package names
> simplifies matters -- e.g. twill.  That way, if there's any confusion,
> it's at least unrelated to domain-specific keywords!)
> --titus
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