Re: Unit Test Tools
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2009 17:31:22 +1000
Lee <Lee_at_Jamtoday.com> writes:
> I've just read a whole bunch about Test Driven Design, automated unit
> testing, xUnit, JUnit, Quest's code testing tool (at $595 a pop, or some
> such....eek!) , utPLSQL, pl/unit, and PLUTO. Whew!
> Has anyone had any experience with any of the above, either the TDD idea in
> general or any of the specific tools/frameworks alleged to make it all
> What sage advice can be had from those in the trenches before me?
> Our people would be coding in pl/sql, of course.
Yep. I looked at a few. Most of them werre overly complex for what I needed.
In the end, I grabbed PLUTO and played with it for a while. It is simple, but provides pretty much all you need. However, I found a number of problems with it and a few bugs. I think it wold be fair to classify PLUTO as a proof of concept rather than a finished or under development solution.
In the end, I pretty much stole the basic ideas in PLUTO and re-implemented - its actually quite small. There are still some rough edges, but everyone using it has found it is useful for meeting our TDD needs. There are a number of things I want to improve, but just now, getting the job done has priority.
It took me about 2 days to re-implement PLUTO, including a couple of extensions that made what we are doing a bit easier. The one thing we have given up using at present is PLUTO's ability to dynamically generate the run_tests procedure. While this is a nice feature, we found on a larger RAC based system that having PLUTO dynamically generate the run_tests procedure when you execute your test made it really really slow. For now, developers must write and maintain their own run_tests method.
Apart from that, it pretty much provides the necessary scaffolding that is useful in getting a standardised set of unit tests. It is very similar to junit for Java or Perl's simple Testharness stuff. anyone familiar with either of these should have no problems.
-- tcross (at) rapttech dot com dot auReceived on Fri Jun 26 2009 - 09:31:22 CEST