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Monday March 14, 2005
08:41 PM

Introducing Test::Inline 2.00

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I really liked the Test::Inline module, but when I looked at it a bit closer I found that it only worked one file at a time, and it was fairly limited in what it could do.

So about a year ago I set out to write a better and more enterprisey version, which I've been using in my company's code generation system and gradually evolving towards perfection.

It's finally reaching the point where I can't think of anything else that it needs, and so I'm hoping to release it some time soon.

To give you a sneak preview, Test::Inline 2 will let you define things like this.

=begin testing method after othermethod Needed::Module 25

25 tests here

=end testing

The test compiler supports per-method and per-class dependencies to help control the test execution order and make sure that the first error you encounter is more likely to be the root error.

It also support per-section and entire-script test counting, and can recursively slurp in entire trees of code, producing test scripts on a per-class basis, so that if you have a large file with multiple classes, you get one test script per class still.

My largest current use in the code generation system reads in about 50-100 modules and produces around 5000 lines of test code. About 11,000 test vectors.

I've become so addicted to the ease of testing it has provided me, I can't see myself going without it ever again for a large project.
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  • If you want the namespace on CPAN its yours. I've finally shed the delusion that I'll ever get around to maintaining Test::Inline.