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Sample solution showing how to setup NSpec with a .NET Core project and .NET Core tooling 1.0.0-preview2 (i.e. with project.json, not MSBuild).


  • Test project targets both .NET Core App 1.0.0 and .NET Framework 4.5.2

  • Test project is a .NET Core console application with its buildOptions.emitEntryPoint property stripped from project.json

  • Test project project.json has a testRunner property set to nspec

  • Test project targeting netcoreapp1.0 takes an explicit dependency on "Microsoft.Extensions.Testing.Abstractions": "1.0.0-preview2-003121", due to an issue between .NET Core CLI Tools Preview 2 and NuGet v3 that will not get solved (as project.json is being deprecated in favour of MSBuild)

  • NSpec is installed into test project as a NuGet package, version 2.0.0 minimum

  • dotnet-test-nspec runner too is installed into test project as a NuGet package

  • Tests can be run from command line through dotnet test, as in:

    > cd path\to\DotNetTestSample\test\LibrarySpecs
    > dotnet test
  • Tests can be run from Visual Studio Test Explorer, too

  • To keep consistency with other samples, solution has the typical directory structure found in ASP.NET Core project template, where all application projects are under a src\ directory, while test projects are in a test\ directory