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Re: Automated software testing: emulation of interfaces using Test::MockObject

by Ovid (Cardinal)
on Jun 13, 2002 at 14:40 UTC ( #174222=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Automated software testing: emulation of interfaces using Test::MockObject

Nice introduction. Test::MockObject, by chromatic, is a great module. I'd just like to add that it pays to understand where and when it's important. For example:

package Baz; use Foo::Bar; my $stuff = Foo::Bar->new( $things ); # do a bunch of things that we want to test

In that example, you're creating a module "Baz", and you want to use Test::MockObject to dummy up a Foo::Bar object. What do you do, though, if $things is not a valid argument to Foo::Bar? There's a good chance that your mock object won't catch this (I've been bitten by this).

Of course, this testing module isn't designed to catch things like that because it's not supposed to. In fact, you could leave the use statement and the constructor out of there and if the rest of the module depends on that object, the mock object may very well still allow the module to work.

Once you have the basic functioning of your code working with this module, then you need to run integration tests without it. Test::MockObject can actually obscure many integration bugs if you're not careful. However, since this module was specifically designed for unit testing, that's not to be taken as criticism. All in all, I give it two thumbs up.

Cheers,
Ovid

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