[MacRuby-devel] Default Test Framework

Eloy Duran eloy.de.enige at gmail.com
Fri Oct 9 00:55:00 PDT 2009


As we're targeting 1.9 compatibility, the library that will be shipped  
with MacRuby is minitest. Atm however, we still have an older version  
of the stdlib, which means we still ship test-unit.

I myself have put my trust in Bacon, and as far as a "blessing" goes,  
all critical bugs encountered with Bacon have been fixed.


On 9 okt 2009, at 07:58, Josh Ballanco wrote:

> Hey all!
> So, as I've been working on a recipe for testing with MacRuby, I  
> realized that it would probably be good to discuss the topic of  
> "blessing" a particular test suite. Obviously, with macgem all of  
> the Ruby test suites are available to use, but for the purposes of  
> tutorials and whatnot, having one default that ships with MacRuby  
> would help reduce confusion and at least get people started on the  
> road to testing. Personally, I think whatever ships with MacRuby  
> should ideally be light-weight, extensible, and integrated. In other  
> words, the heavy hitters like Test::Unit, RSpec, and Shoulda are  
> out. That leaves:
> -- minitest: The "blessed" test library of Matz Ruby. It's very  
> minimal, but documentation is somewhat lacking. I also couldn't find  
> an easy spot to hook into the API to customize output format. Still,  
> if it's good enough for Matz Ruby...
> -- bacon: Small, and output is easily customized. I'm currently  
> looking at what would be required to get bacon's output to play  
> nicer with Xcode. The one unknown (for me, at least) is popularity/ 
> familiarity in the larger Ruby community.
> -- OCUnit: This is the Objective C test library that ships with  
> Xcode. We could put a thin wrapper around it, and then not worry  
> about having to ship a separate test library. The major downside to  
> OCUnit is that it's not very "Ruby-ish".
> I'm quite enamored with bacon, but I'm worried about the possibility  
> that developers coming from Matz Ruby might start to expect minitest  
> to be included. That might be a remote possibility, though, as it  
> seems like minitest isn't currently that popular. If there are  
> others I missed, or if you disagree with any points, speak up!
> Cheers,
> Josh
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