[TIP] alphabetical order in testing
sienkiew at stsci.edu
Wed Jan 20 14:09:31 PST 2010
holger krekel wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 12:43 -0500, Mark Sienkiewicz wrote:
>> Of course, it could be any other arbitrary order, but alphabetical is
>> much easier to determine than "order that they appear in the file" after
>> you import a module.
> Huh? Ordering functions by their file position is straight forward in Python.
In that case, there is some clever python feature that I don't know
about. How does it work? Is it easier than
l = dir(os)
> I agree that stable ordering is valuable for replicating test failures.
> Both file-position and alphabetical orderings are stable.
Yes. There are good arguments in favor of each too. There is also a
good argument for the ability to choose a random order, as long as you
can get exactly the same random order again when you want it.
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