Nose vs TwistedTrial comparison of testing frameworks
What are the differences between Nose and TwistedTrial?

Nose

https://nose.readthedocs.io/en/latest/

TwistedTrial

https://twistedmatrix.com/trac/wiki/TwistedTrial
Programming language

Python

Python

Category

Unit Testing, unittest Extensions

Unit Testing, unittest Extensions

General info

Nose is a Python unit test framework

This is a Python unit test framework that intergrates well with doctests, unnittests, and 'no-boilerplate tests', that is tests written from scratch without a specific boilerplate.

Trial is a unit testing framework for Python built by Twisted Matrix labs

Trial is composed of two parts: First is a command-line test runner, which can be run on plain Python unit tests and can do automated unit-test discovery across files, modules, or even arbitrarily nested packages. Second is a test library, derived from Python's 'unittest.TestCase'
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

nose is a unit testing tool which is very similar to unittest. It is basically unittest with extensions therefore just like unittest is can test front-end components and behaviour

Yes

Front-end components can be tested for example adding a web front-end using simple twisted.web.resource.Resource objects
Server-side
Allows testing the bahovior of a server-side code

Yes

Nose can test back-end components and functionality as small units. One can write tests for each function that provides back-end functionality

Yes

Server-side behaviour can be tested with Trial, it has various functions for this in the twisted.web.Resource package
Fixtures
Allows defining a fixed, specific states of data (fixtures) that are test-local. This ensures specific environment for a single test

Yes

nose supports fixtures at the package, module, class, and test case levels, so that initialization which can be expensive is done as infrequently as possible.

Yes

Trial supports various fixture methods such as 'setUp()' and 'tearDown' functions fixture for normal semantics of setup, and teardown
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.

Yes

Group fixtures are allowed with nose, where a multitest state can be defined.

Yes

Methods like 'setUp()' allow for creation of group fixtures
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.

Through use of third party libraries like test-generator and from the 'unittest.TestCase' library

Through use of third party libraries like test-generator.
Licence
Licence type governing the use and redistribution of the software

GNU Library or Lesser General Public License (LGPL) (GNU LGPL)

MIT License

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

The nose library extends the built-in Python unittest module therefore has access to unittest.mock

Yes

Trial can access the mock library inbuilt in python for mocking purposes
Grouping
Allows organizing tests in groups

Yes

With nose it collects tests automatically and there’s no need to manually collect test cases into test suites.

Yes

Trial allows tests to be grouped into test packages
Other
Other useful information about the testing framework