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Unit Testing, Web Testing

Unit Testing

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SimpleTest is a unit test and web test framework for PHP

It has JWebUnit style functionality and support for SSL, forms, frames, proxies and basic authentication is aUnit testing framework for C# and .NET is a free, open source, community-focused unit testing tool for the .NET Framework. It is used to test C#, F#, VB.NET and other .NET languages. and works with ReSharper, CodeRush, TestDriven.NET and Xamarin. It is part of the .NET Foundation,
Set of frameworks originating from SUnit (Smalltalk's testing framework). They share similar structure and functionality.


Yes is part of the xUnit family of frameworks
Allows testing code execution on the client, such as a web browser


With SimpleTest common but fiddly PHP tasks, such as logging into a site, can be tested easily


You can test various front-end components independently since it is a Unit testing framework
Allows testing the bahovior of a server-side code


Server-side behaviour can be tested by writing simple unit tests to test functionality and behaviour of single components.


You can test various back-end components independently since it is a Unit testing framework
Allows defining a fixed, specific states of data (fixtures) that are test-local. This ensures specific environment for a single test


It can import fixtures using a mixin like 'given()' method


It contains class fixtures which are setup once pertest class
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.


It allows grouping of fixtures

Yes contains collection fixtures which allow you to share context among many tests
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.


Simpletest has support for generators

Licence type governing the use and redistribution of the software

GNU Lesser General Public License v2.1

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)


It allows for one to build Mock objects.To create a mock version of a class we need to include the mock object library and run the generator. This will create a clone class which we use to create new instances(objects) in our test cases.

Allows organizing tests in groups


There are several ways of grouping tests; one is to simply place multiple test cases into a single file, another is to mark any base test cases that should not be run as abstract, Simpletest gives you a couple of options

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