Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Agitation On Demand

In my previous post, I talked about how sweet it is to push the limits of unit tests for the sake of increasing test coverage. During the testing frenzy I mentioned, I came to test a class whose most of the methods throw an UnsupportedOperationException.
Ugly? Well, this class is a subclass of javax.servlet.jsp.PageContext with a very narrow scope of usage, so this is why.

I wanted to generate calls to all these methods and catch the exception as the expected test result. My first thought was to use reflection to do this in a dynamic manner but before to opt for this approach I decided to Google for free unit test generators. This is how I came to discover JUnit Factory, a test generation service from Agitar. I already knew Agitar from Agitator, their award winning unit test generator. But their online generation service was unknown to me.

Needless to say that this service is very well done. The client I used is an Eclipse plug-in, that seamlessly installs on version 3.2 from a proper update site. To avoid uploading my whole project to their service, I isolated my troubled class in a temporary project and pushed the magic button.

A few seconds later, a test case was automatically added to my project, with all my problematic methods (and all the other ones) thoroughly test covered. Awesome: agitation on demand truly works! In other times, anarchists would have rejoiced.

When I decided to include this test case in my main project, I started to hit some issues. The unit test does not extend JUnit's TestCase but an Agitar custom one. Decided not to be stopped by such a minor issue, I promptly added their library to our Maven repository.

Then I pushed the execute button in Eclipse to run my tests and the Agitar test case complained because the launcher was the standard one from JUnit and not their own. This is when I called it quit. Of course, I could have modified my Eclipse start command to use their launcher. But with my Maven builds and reports?

That was a little too much to do and I decided to walk the path of reflection to systematically invoke the targets methods.

This is too bad because JUnit Factory is really a great concept. Try it, it might work very well for your needs.

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