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From Bruce Atherton <>
Subject Re: [PATCH] add regular expression selector (re-worked)
Date Tue, 15 Apr 2003 00:06:12 GMT
At 06:31 PM 4/11/2003, Jay wrote:

>I was thinking I should also do a test case. I have gotten lost trying to 
>what's needed.

I know you aren't alone. I need to document this much better.

>   I'm sure these questions have been answered before but so far
>I have not had much luck finding a howto for doing a test case. I have looked
>at the others similar in /testcases/org/apache/tools/ant/types/selectors for
>example the ContainsSelector.  Where is the input file for that test, how do
>I drive a specific test case?

Of course, you can write a test case any way you like. What I found was 
that I wanted to have some standard way of working with a set of files, and 
testing whether one or another of them was selected. To that end, I used a 
base class called BaseSelectorTest that does most of the heavy lifting.

What BaseSelectorTest does is copy a tree of files out of 
src/etc/testcases/types into selectortest and selectortest2 subdirectories 
(using the src/etc/testcases/types/selectors.xml build file). Then it takes 
a list of 12 of the files and directories in this tree, and applies 
whatever selector you pass in to each one. It passes back to your test a 
string indicating which of the 12 files and directories was selected, using 
'T' for selected and 'F' for not selected. In the Test class for your 
selector, you override the getInstance() method to create your own type of 
selector, and set the elements of your selector a variety of ways to ensure 
that the string of T's and F's returned when the selector is applied to 
those 12 files is correct.

So, for example, extends BaseSelectorTest and has 
the following code:

     public BaseSelector getInstance() {
         return new DepthSelector();

     public void testSelectionBehaviour() {
         DepthSelector s;
         String results;

         try {

             s = (DepthSelector)getInstance();
             results = selectionString(s);
             assertEquals("FFFFFFFFFFFF", results);

             s = (DepthSelector)getInstance();
             results = selectionString(s);
             assertEquals("TTTTTTTTTTTT", results);

             s = (DepthSelector)getInstance();
             results = selectionString(s);
             assertEquals("FFFFFTTTTTTT", results);

so the first test says that none of the 12 files or directories will match 
if the depth range is between 20 and 25 (that would be one deep directory 
tree!), the second says that they all match if the minimum depth is set to 
0 and the maximum isn't specified, and the third that if the minumum depth 
is 1, the first 5 entries in the list will not be selected and the rest will.

You can find the 12 files and directories that are tested for selection in 
the BaseSelectorTest class. I used a fixed list so that if someone added 
new files to the src/etc/testcases/types directory it wouldn't break my tests:

     protected String[] filenames = {".","asf-logo.gif.md5","asf-logo.gif.bz2",

Clearer? Again, you don't have to do things this way. You can write your 
own tests any way that you want. If this framework saves you some work, go 
ahead and use it. If it is too confusing, write your own. Whatever works 
for you.

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