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Testacular

Simple tool, that allows you to execute JavaScript code in multiple browsers or just in Node.js.

Prerequisites

Installation

sudo npm install testacular -g

# or install in local folder
npm install testacular

You can install Testacular even without NPM, just clone the git repo, build and create symlinks (you will need Jake build tool):

git clone git://github.com/vojtajina/slim-jim.git
cd testacular
jake build
sudo ln -s $PWD/bin/testacular /usr/local/bin/testacular
sudo ln -s $PWD/bin/testacular-run /usr/local/bin/testacular

What is this good for ?

Mostly for testing you code in multiple browsers (desktop, mobile, tablets):

  • executing tests on continuous integration server
  • executing tests during development

Testacular does not provide any testing framework, so you can use anything you like. It's main goal is to be stable and highly extensible.

Why am I doing this ?

During development of AngularJS, we've been using JSTD for testing. I really think, it's great idea. Unfortunately, we had many problems with JSTD, so we decided to write our own tool, without testing frameworks or anything you actually don't need. Just simple tool for execution JavaScript, that is stable and fast. That's why we use awesome socket.io library. More than that, with Node.js, we can execute javascript even without any browser, which is much faster, so it's very helpful during development, when we need to get the feedback as quick as possible.

  • anything on console will leak whole iframe window
  • it clears console before run (but works only in FF), Chrome/Safari does not allow, so do this: console.clear = clear;
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