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NAME Test::Unit::* - a unit testing framework for Perl DESCRIPTION Test::Unit::* is a sophisticated unit testing framework for Perl that is derived from the JUnit testing framework for Java by Kent Beck and Erich Gamma. While this framework is originally intended to support unit testing in an object-oriented development paradigm (with support for inheritance of tests etc.), Test::Unit::Procedural is intended to provide a simpler interface to the framework that is more suitable for use in a scripting style environment. Therefore, Test::Unit::Procedural does not provide much support for an object-oriented approach to unit testing - if you want that, please have a look at Test::Unit::TestCase (also included in this install). A short tutorial on the object-oriented approach can be found in the documentation of Test::Unit::TestCase (the test base class). The Test::Unit self-test suite (contained in t/tlib) is a good example of this approach. There is also a GUI based interface to the testing framework. The "TkTestRunner.pl" script shows how to invoke it. The testing framework also features adapters for tests in the Test::Harness style to tests in the unit testing framework style and vice versa - see Test::Unit::HarnessUnit and Test::Unit::UnitHarness. An example of this approach is the self-test of the unit testing framework that you start with the 'make test' command (see t/all_tests.t). PREREQUISITES Class::Inner, Devel::Symdump and Error.pm are required. A new-ish version of base.pm (> 1.0) is required to avoid the problem where earlier versions failed to compile in the parent class. The Tk module is needed for the GUI. INSTALLATION Once you have installed the prerequisites, just perform the usual incantation (replacing 'x.yy' with the current version): gunzip Test-Unit-x.yy.tar.gz tar -xvf Test-Unit-x.yy.tar cd Test-Unit-x.yy perl Makefile.PL make make test make install AUTHOR Copyright (c) 2000, 2001 Christian Lemburg, <firstname.lastname@example.org>. All rights reserved. This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself. Thanks go to the other PerlUnit framework people: Brian Ewins, Cayte Lindner, J.E. Fritz, Zhon Johansen, Piers Cawley, Adam Spiers Thanks for patches go to: Matthew Astley, David Esposito. SEE ALSO - Test::Unit::TestCase (included in this install) - the README file in the examples directory - Refactoring -- Improving The Design Of Existing Code. Martin Fowler. Addison-Wesley, 1999. - http://www.xProgramming.com/ EXAMPLES Use TestRunner.pl like this (lib adjusted for this directory): perl -w -I./lib -I./t/tlib TestRunner.pl AllTests Use TkTestRunner like this: perl -w -I./lib -I./t/tlib TkTestRunner.pl AllTests