[TIP] Test discovery for unittest

Robert Collins robertc at robertcollins.net
Fri Apr 10 15:46:16 PDT 2009

On Fri, 2009-04-10 at 18:32 +0100, Michael Foord wrote:

> Doctest how I loathe thee:
> http://www.voidspace.org.uk/python/weblog/arch_d7_2008_10_25.shtml#e1022
> A list of reasons from my experiences of testing ConfigObj with
> doctest:
> http://www.voidspace.org.uk/python/weblog/arch_d7_2008_01_12.shtml#e920
> Why doctest makes poor unittests:
> http://andrew.puzzling.org/diary/2008/October/24/more-doctest-problems
> Minor comments from me (particularly missing assert methods):
> http://www.voidspace.org.uk/python/weblog/arch_d7_2008_10_25.shtml#e1023
> Michael

I like two things about doctest:
When I *am writing documentation* it is useful to make sure the examples

The string pattern matching is very pithy. Some time ago I figured out
how to glue this into unittest as an assertion, but I managed to lose
the glue and haven't gotten around to glueing it back in again:(.

I don't like doctest for TDD because TDD doesn't follow a narrative.
When I've watched folk TDD with doctest they tend to end up with just
integration or acceptance tests, and little else :(.

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