Espec vs Vows comparison of testing frameworks
What are the differences between Espec and Vows?

Espec

https://github.com/antonmi/espec

Vows

http://vowsjs.org/
Programming language

Elixir

JavaScript

Category

Unit Testing

Functional Testing, Asynchronous Testing

General info

BDD driven testing framework for Elixir

It is a testing framework written from scratch which is inspired by RSpec and the main idea is to close to its perfect DSL (Domain Specific Language)

Vows is a testing framework for NodeJS applications.

Vows supports Asynchronous BDD & continuous testing for two reasons first, reason is that node.js is asynchronous, and therefore our tests need to be, second,is to make test suites which target I/O libraries run much faster.
xUnit
Set of frameworks originating from SUnit (Smalltalk's testing framework). They share similar structure and functionality.

No

No

Client-side
Allows testing code execution on the client, such as a web browser

Yes

Front-end components can be tested; there is also espec_phoenix for the Phoenix web framework

No

Server-side
Allows testing the bahovior of a server-side code

Yes

databases and server behaviour can be tested using Espec

Yes

Since it specifically tests Nodejs it tests back-end components and other server-side behaviours and functions
Fixtures
Allows defining a fixed, specific states of data (fixtures) that are test-local. This ensures specific environment for a single test

N/A

No

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.

N/A

No

Generators
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.

N/A

Licence
Licence type governing the use and redistribution of the software

MIT License

Apache License 2.0

Mocks
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)

Yes

It has a Built-in mocking functionality on top of Erlang 'meck' library

Grouping
Allows organizing tests in groups

Yes

By use of context blocksand tags functions

Other
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