Features of Strong Test Frameworks

In the previous article I made the case for Automated Testing. Today we will talk about the tools.

  • What qualities does a strong testing framework have?
  • What guidelines should developers use when choosing one?
  • Why do those guidelines matter?
  • What tools would I recommend?

I will use the terms Harness, Framework and Library interchangeably. Be warned.

All of this and more, after a few choice bold words, a digit, a hash, and a hyphen.

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Languages Span!

I have often been caught in the cross fire of the ongoing and awfully brutal and emotional language wars. I am a C programmer by choice and a PHP/Perl Developer by trade, so I get some of the most heated and misfortunate of the angry or emotionally charged responses from people who just do not know a god damned thing about what they are talking about. Scarier is when I hear absurdities from people who actually do know something about their topic. For some reason they want to stick their toes into my pool and do not like the temperature of the water so they go into a tirade about how I should change the color of the water with some dye and install a heater, oh and the chlorine content is too low or too high and algae will form; who knows, maybe you should add this algae snake as well to keep it from getting to the bottom! I apologize for the extended analogy here but it stands. It is important that Comp Sci. and Developers alike learn at least one thing about languages before they enter the market and end up coding themselves into a corner – There is no such thing as a language level, Languages Span!

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squirrel Binding – Check

Although I don’t have any dope screenshots to show much off in regards to this, I want you all to know that Ogre and Squirrel are bound. It’s literally dirt simple and yes, my mother can do it. Allow me to get into some discussion about what I intend to drive with the scripting language, beyond the blanket statement “As much as I can!”

So, basically, what Squirrel provides me is a means of developing in Ogre without having to recompile the DLL’s, and possibly, without even having to restart the engine. Squirrel’s virtual machine/interpreter is run concurrently with the engine, and has ties into any aspect I want to be driven by it. My intentions are quite simply, to be able to develop quickly, without having too much hassle to deal with.

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