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From Robert Dionne <>
Subject Re: Ideas for Changes to the Test Suite
Date Sat, 14 Feb 2009 10:15:12 GMT

On Feb 13, 2009, at 7:03 PM, Jan Lehnardt wrote:

> On 14 Feb 2009, at 00:55, Antony Blakey wrote:
>> We shouldn't have in-browser tests. In-browser tests are about  
>> testing the browser, which we shouldn't do in this project. Our  
>> tests should be about Couch, on the command-line, build-farm- 
>> integratable.
> We have both and we can keep both as both are useful.
> Given that CouchApps are a first class citizen, browser
> based tests make a lot of sense.

I second this, the browser is a an app critical to CouchDB's success.  
When I svn update I run the Futon tests in Safari, Firefox, Webkit  
and using standalone runner. The more application paths to the server  
to more bugs are exposed.

It was suggested earlier that we use Eunit (http://svn.process- It's got  
some nice features and macros for building suites of tests, timers,  

With a proper header the build could run Eunits and also strip the  
test code from the distribution if desired, though I think they are  
useful for code readers to learn the code.

I also prefer tests in separate modules, certain modules, .eg.  
couch_btree or any module with lots of private functions are best  
with tests in the files. Eunit supports both modes nicely with naming  
conventions. There is even a LET macro for fans of lambda calculus :)

> Cheers
> Jan
> --

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