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Buster.JS vs go test/testing comparison of testing frameworks
What are the differences between Buster.JS and go test/testing?


go test/testing
Programming language




Unit Testing, Browser Automation

Unit Testing

General info

Buster.JS is a JavaScript test framework for node and browsers.

Buster.JS is a new JavaScript testing framework. It does browser testing by automating test runs in actual browsers (think JsTestDriver), as well as Node.js testing. It has a bunch of great features.

go test is an inbuilt tool/command for conducting automated tests in Golang while testing is the inbuilt testing library

Testing is the package that is shipped with go and combines with the go test command to provide a minimal but complete testing experience
Set of frameworks originating from SUnit (Smalltalk's testing framework). They share similar structure and functionality.


Buster.Js is a xUnit style Test Framework


However there are Plugins such as convert the output of Go testing library into xUnit format
Allows testing code execution on the client, such as a web browser


It does browser testing with browser automation, QUnit style static HTML page testing, testing in headless browsers and more front-end components and functionality


Yes it can be used effectively for front-end testing
Allows testing the bahovior of a server-side code


It is a Node.js testing toolkit as well which means it can test back-end behaviour and functionality as well as run in a server environment


Yes, it is used by developers for end-to-end testing so the back-end can be tested easily as well
Allows defining a fixed, specific states of data (fixtures) that are test-local. This ensures specific environment for a single test



Yes it's straightforward in that first when you run 'go test' for packages in the scope the test will be executed with its working directory set to the source directory of the package being tested. Second the 'go test' tool will ignore any directory in your $GOPATH that starts with the word 'testdata' , starts with a period or an underscore
Group fixtures
Allows defining a fixed, specific states of data for a group of tests (group-fixtures). This ensures specific environment for a given group of tests.



Group fixtures can be done following a similar procedure as a single fixture
Supports data generators for tests. Data generators generate input data for test. The test is then run for each input data produced in this way.


They are available by importing a package called 'gotests' (
Licence type governing the use and redistribution of the software

BSD License

MIT License

Mocks are objects that simulate the behavior of real objects. Using mocks allows testing some part of the code in isolation (with other parts mocked when needed)

Buster.JS ships with Sinon.JS. every test in a test case has a sandbox associated with it, making it easy to mock and stub


By use of a third party library GoMock which intergrates well with the testing library
Allows organizing tests in groups


The short answer is yes, by use of table tests which are a great way of performing multiple I/O tests on a function or behaviour with minimal code
Other useful information about the testing framework