Improving productivity with pyTDDmon

pyTDDmon is a nice open source tool developed by Olof Bjarnason. I haven't used JUnitMax but I guess it works seemingly. You just copy into the same folder of your unit tests and launch it like this:

$ python ...

A small window appears displaying green or red color. You can keep it always on top and continue  writing tests. Any time you change a test or a SUT and save the file, pyTDDmon runs all the tests within the files. So you don't have to stop writing code to run the tests. It is very handy. By clicking in the window, a verbose message is displayed with the results (which tests fail). I am glad to have helped Olof a little bit with some ideas and a bit of code.

Last version can be downloaded here.

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  • Olof Bjarnason

    Thanks for mentioning pyTDDmon. Note that the recommended way of running pyTDDmon is without any command line arguments:

    $ python &

    .. since then you can rename your files (both production code and unit tests) any way you want, and also add new unit tests.

    Listing which modules to test using the command line ( etc.) is a way of speeding up the test-process if you have *lots* (I mean thousands) of tests — or really slow tests (invoking database or other resource intensive things).

    Also – thanks for contributing the code to pyTDDmon. Even if I had to change it a bit, I was forced to solve the speed problem and the enforced unittest.main()-problem previously found in pyTDDmon.


  • Olof Bjarnason

    pyTDDmon has moved! 🙂

    New home

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