Python Testing
Beginner's Guide
By Daniel Arbuckle
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: January 2010
Pages: 256

In Detail

Automated testing moves much of the labor of testing off the developer and makes it easier as well as quicker to find bugs and fix them. Automated tests run faster, increase test coverage, and lower costs. However, testing is neither an easy process nor remotely exciting for most developers. But with the right techniques and tools, testing can become a simple and gratifying part of the development process.

With this helpful guide - from an expert - in your hand, testing will not be a tiresome topic for you anymore. You will learn how to test your Python projects in the easiest way, making other parts of the development process easier and more enjoyable.

This book covers the tools and techniques of automated testing and test-driven development. Starting from the very basics, the chapters introduce new tools and techniques in simple, accessible language with step-by-step examples. You will explore how to make testing easier and more accurate with Python's doctest module and learn test-driven development using the unittest framework. You will also learn how to keep your units separate from each other and discover a simple and easy way to integrate Mocker and unittest. Next, we cover integration testing and web application testing.

Automated testing gives developers better feedback, faster and more often. Bugs get found sooner and fixed better, with less effort. By the end of this book, you will have all of the skills needed to benefit from automated testing.

Test-driven development of Python software-make development easier using some of the best testing tools out there


The book begins with the very foundations of automated testing, and expands on them until the best-practice tools and techniques are fully covered. New concepts are illustrated with step-by-step hands-on exercises. Testing will be easier and more enjoyable with this beginner's guide.

Who this book is for

If you are a Python developer and want to write tests for your applications, this book will get you started and show you the easiest way to learn testing.

You need to have sound Python programming knowledge to follow along. An awareness of software testing would be good, but no formal knowledge of testing is expected nor do you need to have any knowledge of the libraries discussed in the book.

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