Response to Test Freak.

Update: Chris Shiflett posted an informative reponse on Test-More for PHP and testing in general

I started responding to the comment to my last post, then realized it was going to be long. So I put it in a post.

Thanks Damien Gilles, I have looked at that. Problem is, I have some resistance at work to using outside code. So I would need to work up a case for it beforehand and analyize it.

For really simple tests, this sort of testing (my friend Keith calls it Sanity testing) works fine. I don't really see the need to use a Unit Test framework. I have used PHPUnit before and it works fine, but ends up being just more typing (I think, but I'll try it and compare my results).

Here's an example of how I used it..


$t = new Test_Simple(array("tests" => 20, "eol"=>"\ n"));


// Test object get/set methods
$user = new User_Model();
$user->setRealName("John Doe Test");

// test true values
$t->ok( $user->getRealName() == "John Doe Test", "get RealName" );
$t->ok( $user->getUserName() == "jdoe", "get UserName" );
$t->ok( $user->getEmail() == "john@doe.com", "get Email" );
$t->ok( $user->getPermission() == 1, "get Permission");

// test false values
$t->ok( $user->getRealName() != "Susie Doe", "Not Realname Suzie Doe" );
$t->ok( $user->getUserName() != "sdoe", "Not Username sdoe" );
$t->ok( $user->getEmail() != "suz@doe.com", "Not email suz@doe.com" );
$t->ok( $user->getPermission() != 0, "Not Permission 0" );

// Save user
$saveResult = $user->save();
$t->ok( $saveResult == true, "Save was successful");

// Get ID of last user
$id = $user->id;

// clear object
$user = null;

// load user again and test again
$user = new User_Model($id);

// test true values
$t->ok( $user->getRealName() == "John Doe Test", "get RealName after load" );
$t->ok( $user->getUserName() == "jdoe", "get UserName after load" );
$t->ok( $user->getEmail() == "john@doe.com", "get Email after load" );
$t->ok( $user->getPermission() == 1, "get Permission after load");

// change username
$user->setRealName("Mary Jane Test");
$updateResult = $user->save();

// test true values
$t->ok( $updateResult == true, "Update was successful");
$t->ok( $user->id == $id, "ID stayed the same");
$t->ok( $user->getRealName() == "Mary Jane Test", "get RealName after update" );
$t->ok( $user->getUserName() == "mjane", "get UserName after update" );
$t->ok( $user->getEmail() == "mary@jane.com", "get Email after update" );
$t->ok( $user->getPermission() == 2, "get Permission after update");

$deleteResult = $user->delete();
$t->ok( $deleteResult == true, "Delete was successful");


// Clean up our mess before and after
function test_setup() {
$result = mysql_query("DELETE FROM users WHERE real_name like '%test%'");

function test_teardown() {
$result = mysql_query("DELETE FROM users WHERE real_name like '%test%'");

I did do a test_setup and test_teardown, similar to what you would have in a unit test. I only need to do this at the start of my "suite" and the end.

Of course, the main reason there's a test more (copied from Perl) for php is so you can use Perl to run the test suites. See this presentation by Geoffrey Young and Chris Shiflett on Power PHP Testing(tgz file) which, if you have a site with mixed PHP and Perl, would be a excellent way to test all your code with the same method.


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