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TickSpec vs Mocha comparison of testing frameworks
What are the differences between TickSpec and Mocha?


Programming language




Acceptance Testing

Unit Testing, Intergration Testing, End-to-End Testing

General info

TickSpec is a lightweight Behaviour Driven Development (BDD) framework for .Net

With TickSpeck you can describe behaviour in plain text using the Gherkin business language, execute the behaviour against matching F# 'ticked' methods, or attribute-tagged C# or F# methods, run via your normal test runners or plugins and set breakpoints in the scenarios, step definitions or your code and go (setting breakpoints in the Gherkin is currently not supported in .NET Standard version)

Mocha is a widely used JavaScript test framework for Node.js

Mocha is a simple, flexible and the one of the widely adopted JS test framework. Mocha usually runs tests serially which enables the accurate reporting. Also it's useful for asynchronous testing, and provides various king of test reports. Spec is default test reporter for mocha, there are many test reports like Nyan, Dot matrix, Tap, Landing strip, List and Progress. Mocha is being used with many other test frameworks like Selenium WebDriver,, wd and Cypress
Set of frameworks originating from SUnit (Smalltalk's testing framework). They share similar structure and functionality.



It has an XUnit reporter available which outputs an XUnit-compatible XML document, often applicable in CI servers.
Allows testing code execution on the client, such as a web browser


You can test front-end behaviour by creating feature specifications for front-end behaviour


Mocha Runs in the browser and is used widely to test front-end components and functionality. It can test various DOM elements, front-end functions and so on.
Allows testing the bahovior of a server-side code


You can test back-end code by creating feature specifications to test back-end behaviour


Mocha provides convenient ways of testing the Node server.It works well with Chai (an assertion library) where it provides the environment for writing server-side tests while we write the tests with Chai
Allows defining a fixed, specific states of data (fixtures) that are test-local. This ensures specific environment for a single test


Fixtures are available or are derived from the class FeatureFixture

Mocha provides the hooks before(), after(), beforeEach(), and afterEach() to set up preconditions and clean up after your tests
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.


TickSpec contains group fixtures


Mocha allows grouping of fixtures
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.


Licence type governing the use and redistribution of the software

Apache License 2.0

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)


By using a third party mocking library like moq

Provides Mocking capabilities through third party libraries like sinon.js, simple-mock and nock
Allows organizing tests in groups


You can create test suites with TickSpec


Grouping is supported and is accomplished by the using a nested 'describe()'
Other useful information about the testing framework