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Re: JUnit

From: Dalibor Topic
Subject: Re: JUnit
Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2005 01:05:05 +0100
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Raif S. Naffah wrote:
hello all,

soon the GNU Crypto classes will be moving to Classpath. i thought now is the right time to bring this subject since it makes it easier for those involved in this work.

the proposal is to port the GNU Crypto Mauve tests to use JUnit instead. this would make it easier to test using an IDE such as the Native Eclipse.

is this idea worth discussing or should we consider that for the forseeable future Mauve only is the test framework for GNU Classpath?

Hi Raif,

Given that the majority (all?) of current tests in Mauve is under the GPL, without a single copyright holder, I assume, and the license of JUnit is incompatible with the GPL ... I doubt that a wholesale rewrite of Mauve to JUnit would be easy for the moment. GPL3 may fix the prime reason for the incompatiblity, though.

It could make sense to use JUnit for new tests, afaict, and it may be a nice option for IDE users. There are also other potentially interesting, also GPL-incompatible test frameworks, like Test NG, JTiger, or the GPLd Jetif etc. with IDE support. Since I don't really use IDEs [1], I can't say which one is better supported, though. JUnit has a lot of interesting extensions, though.

On the other hand, it may also be interesting to investigate tools like JML which would allow us to annotate classes with pre and post conditions, and allow us to generate some JUnit test cases from that ... See for a paper desribing JML and its test generation/assertion checking tools.

dalibor topic

[1] As soon as eclipse runs within a screen session, I will, though ;)

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