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From "Brent N Atkinson (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (CONTINUUM-2756) Reduce the time necessary for verification
Date Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:22:00 GMT
Brent N Atkinson created CONTINUUM-2756:

             Summary: Reduce the time necessary for verification
                 Key: CONTINUUM-2756
             Project: Continuum
          Issue Type: Task
            Reporter: Brent N Atkinson

Due to the unfortunate naming convention of the spring and plexus configuration files, spring-context.xml
and components.xml respectively, it is not possible to load a subset of the configurations
on the classpath. This makes is more difficult to limit the scope of the loaded context, which
makes test setup and teardown much more expensive when not required.

Unfortunately, this convention is common for plexus and not limited to the Continuum code
base. It may not be possible to do this with external components. In these cases, it may make
sense to mock them or at the very least used cached application contexts to minimize setup/teardown

The ultimate issue is the time it takes to verify. It significantly reduces the productivity
of a developer when making changes and the longer feedback loop has the usual effects (see
the reasoning for CI). 

The state of the tests in the code base today is that there are very few unit tests and a
limited number of integration tests. The difference in speed with tests disabled/enabled is
1 minute versus 11+ minutes on a fast system with an SSD drive. The code would benefit from
refocusing on unit testing over integration tests, but this requires very necessary architectural
improvements be realistic.

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