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What is it?

(Note: this is still a work in progress. Nonetheless, the base functioality is there, and works)

AQ allows you to automate your QUnit tests, leveraging Node.js.

To get started, create a Node.js server.


Using npm:

npm install aq

Update the packages:

npm update

In your server.js,

aq = require('aq'),

app = http.createServer( function( request, response ) {
    // ..whatever you use to serve content
} ).listen( port );

// AQ options
var options = {
        // Display test results on the terminal
        log: true,

        // Name of the folder where the unit test files reside
        testFolder: 'unit-tests',

        // Directory
        dir: path.normalize(__dirname + '/test/unit-tests/'),

        // The test page
        page: '/test/index.html'

// Let AQ listen to the server
aq = aq.listen(app, options);

Creating the tests

The test page

Before you can automate your tests, you first need a page where the tests can run in.

In your test page (perhaps index.html), include AQ and

<script src="/"></script>
<script src="/aq/aq.js"></script>

Additionally, there has to be a target container called aq-container where AQ can load the proper unit test into.

<div id="aq-container"></div>

AQ will begin testing only when explicitly told. You can do this by calling AQ.start(), in the test page:


Struture of a Unit Test file

Each unit test file within the unit test filder should be an HTML file containing a global run function. This function must exist so the test harness can execute the tests defined therein properly.

<!-- Maybe some DOM here -->
    // global function needed by AQ
    function run() {

        // All QUnit tests, modules, etc.. go here.
        test('some test', function() {
            ok(true, 'always true');


How does it all work?

When the server starts, AQ scans the specified directory where the unit tests are contained. Each file name is then returned to the client side. The content of each test file is loaded via an AJAX request, and inserted into aq-container. Once iserted, the run function is called, and the tests are executed. Upon completion of the tests, the next unit test file is loaded.

All tests results (and final results) are passed to the server.

Running the tests

Run all tests in the unit test folder

node server.js

Command line options:

Specify the browser

By default, the unit tests will run on all the browsers specified in config.js. To specify the browser, you can use the -b option

node server.js -b chrome

Keep browser open

By default, after all the unit tests have completed running on a browser, that browser session will close. You can choose to keep the browser open with the -k option

node server.js -k true

How to specify which unit tests to run

Insert the unit tests to run after --

node server.js -- test1.html test2.html


On the client

AQ provides a beforeTestRun event which is executed after a unit test file is loaded. If this is event is bound, no test will run unless an explicit call to is made. For example, in the test page:


$(window.AQ).on('beforeTestRun', function() {
    // .. do some setup before the test; // Run the tests

On the server

On the server side, once AQ is listening, you can bind onto certain events:

aq = aq.listen(app, options);

* Triggers when a new unit test file is executing
* @param filename {String} name of the file
aq.on('test-executing', function(filename) {

* Triggers when a file containing unit tests has completed
* @param data {Object} object literal containing:
*   failed: {Int} - number of tests that failed
*   passed: {Int} - number of tests that passed
*   total: {Int} -  number of tests run
*   details: {Array} - list of all tests that failed and their details
aq.on('test-done', function(data) {

* Triggers when all the unit test files have been executed
* @param data {Object} object literal containing:
*   failed: {Int} - number of tests that failed
*   passed: {Int} - number of tests that passed
*   total: {Int} - number of tests run
aq.on('done', function(data) {
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