[TIP] django fixtures
kumar.mcmillan at gmail.com
Wed Mar 7 09:24:53 PST 2007
> > 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?
> +1 from me.
> Word "fixture" has a well defined meaning within testing domain and it's
> not about CSV.
last time, I checked a "test fixture" was thought of as the same thing
wikipedia calls it today:
"Test fixture refers to the fixed state used as a baseline for running
tests in software testing. The purpose of a test fixture is to ensure
that there is a well known and fixed environment in which tests are
run, so that results are repeatable. It's a fancy term for 'sample
Examples of fixtures:
* loading a database with a specific, known set of data
* erasing a hard disk and installing a known clean operating
* copying a specific known set of files
This is exactly what the fixture module does, with a focus on loading
a database with known data. It also provides a class called TempIO(),
which creates a temporary file system for you that's automatically
destroyed when the instance goes out of scope:
...but, testfixture is too long for a module name ;) (and also a
default nose config will try to load tests from it)
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