Testing for Julia, simplified.
Author IainNZ
14 Stars
Updated Last
2 Years Ago
Started In
September 2018



Testing for Julia, simplified.

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Features, Differences

  • Minimal macros: Macros are neat, but can be hard to understand. The Base.Test macros do many things in the name of generality, but as a result generate a lot of code and stress the compiler. Pukeko aims for minimal complexity in its test macros, which essentially just call functions. Pukeko has familiar @test and @test_throws macros to make moving from Base.Test as easy as possible. As little work as possible is done for the usual case (tests passing).

  • Functions: Base.Test has testsets that are defined by @testset begin end blocks. These blocks do not introduce proper scopes and tend to lead to very large functions with a high level of nesting. Pukeko uses plain-old-functions as a testset and uses modules to collect all the tests to be executed together. Minimal magic, maximum clarity, less danger of reusing variables accidentally, and less compiler strain (large functions are hard on the Julia compiler).

  • Parallel testing: Larger projects inevitably end up with a large number of tests. There are typically many tests per file, spread across many files. Normally this involves having one central test/runtests.jl file that includes other test/*.jl files. This is good for automated CI services like Travis, but often developer testing machines can run more than one test at a time. Pukeko's module-and-functions pattern naturally makes each of these test/*.jl files runnable individually or as part of a larger test run: ls test/ | xargs -I % julia --project=. %

  • Use command line for...: Pukeko makes use of commandline flags for customization. Highlights include selectively running tests, printing out run times for tests to identify slow tests, and changing behaviour on test failures.

Pukeko follows the JuMP Style Guide.

Minimal example

# test/runtests.jl

module MyTests
    using Pukeko  # @test, @test_throws

    function test_arithmetic()
        @test 2 + 2 == 4
        @test 2 * 3 == 6

    function _test_parametric(value, value_exp)
        @test value * value == value_exp
    Pukeko.@parametric _test_parametric [(1, 1), (2, 4), (3, 9)]

import Pukeko
# 4 test function(s) ran successfully in module MyTests


Package by Iain Dunning.

Pukeko photo from Wikipedia.