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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I see exactly those problems in large TAP suites all of the time...
    • John had two problems; I am referring to his first:

      Presently, the suite will print out any tests that fail, with their error message – but not print out any of the passed tests (giving you no context to know which particular test failed).

      TAP requires that all test names show up in the output along with result and sequence number. Sure, that doesn’t automatically make it trivial to locate the failing test in a large test suite. But it usually makes it a damn sight easier.

      The other problem – figuring out what the heck it is that the test is testing – is of course something that technology cannot fix. (But it is something that can be improved if the code is written in a language that encourages developer documentation both technologically and culturally – as Perl does with POD. Javascript is handicapped here.)