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= Bacon -- small RSpec clone.

   "Truth will sooner come out from error than from confusion."
                                               ---Francis Bacon

Bacon is a small RSpec clone weighing less than 350 LoC but
nevertheless providing all essential features.

== Whirl-wind tour

    require 'bacon'
    
    describe 'A new array' do
      before do
        @ary = Array.new
      end
      
      it 'should be empty' do
        @ary.should.be.empty
        @ary.should.not.include 1
      end
    
      it 'should have zero size' do
        @ary.size.should.equal 0
        @ary.size.should.be.close 0.1, 0.5
      end
    
      it 'should raise on trying fetch any index' do
        lambda { @ary.fetch 0 }.
          should.raise(IndexError).
          message.should.match(/out of array/)
    
        # Alternatively:
        should.raise(IndexError) { @ary.fetch 0 }
      end
    
      it 'should have an object identity' do
        @ary.should.not.be.same_as Array.new
      end
    
      # Custom assertions are trivial to do, they are lambdas returning a
      # boolean vale:
      palindrome = lambda { |obj| obj == obj.reverse }
      it 'should be a palindrome' do
        @ary.should.be.a palindrome
      end
    
      it 'should have super powers' do
        should.flunk "no super powers found"
      end
    end

Now run it:

    $ bacon whirlwind.rb
    A new array
    - should be empty
    - should have zero size
    - should raise on trying fetch any index
    - should have an object identity
    - should be a palindrome
    - should have super powers [FAILED]
    
    Bacon::Error: no super powers found
    	./whirlwind.rb:39: A new array - should have super powers
    	./whirlwind.rb:38
    	./whirlwind.rb:3
    
    6 specifications (9 requirements), 1 failures, 0 errors

If you want shorter output, use the Test::Unit format:

    $ bacon -q whirlwind.rb
    .....F
    Bacon::Error: no super powers found
    	./whirlwind.rb:39: A new array - should have super powers
    	./whirlwind.rb:38
    	./whirlwind.rb:3
    
    6 tests, 9 assertions, 1 failures, 0 errors

It also supports TAP:

    $ bacon -p whirlwind.rb
    ok 1        - should be empty
    ok 2        - should have zero size
    ok 3        - should raise on trying fetch any index
    ok 4        - should have an object identity
    ok 5        - should be a palindrome
    not ok 6    - should have super powers: FAILED
    # Bacon::Error: no super powers found
    # 	./whirlwind.rb:39: A new array - should have super powers
    # 	./whirlwind.rb:38
    # 	./whirlwind.rb:3
    1..6
    # 6 tests, 9 assertions, 1 failures, 0 errors

    $ bacon -p whirlwind.rb | taptap -q
    Tests took 0.00 seconds.
    FAILED tests 6
       6) should have super powers: FAILED

    Failed 1/6 tests, 83.33% okay.

(taptap is available from http://chneukirchen.org/repos/taptap/)


== Implemented assertions

* should.<predicate> and should.be.<predicate>
* should.equal
* should.match
* should.be.identical_to / should.be.same_as
* should.raise(*exceptions) { }
* should.change { }
* should.throw(symbol) { }
* should.satisfy { |object| }


== Added core predicates

* Object#true?
* Object#false?
* Proc#change?
* Proc#raise?
* Proc#throw?
* Numeric#close?


== before/after

before and after need to be defined before the first specification in
a context and are run before and after each specification.


== Shared contexts

You can define shared contexts in Bacon like this:

    shared "an empty container" do
      it "should have size zero" do
      end

      it "should be empty" do
      end
    end

    context "A new array" do
      behaves_like "an empty container"
    end

These contexts are not executed on their own, but can be included with
behaves_like in other contexts.  You can use shared contexts to
structure suites with many recurring specifications.


== Matchers

Custom matchers are simply lambdas returning a boolean value, for
example:

  def shorter_than(max_size)
    lambda { |obj| obj.size < max_size }
  end

  [1,2,3].should.be shorter_than(5)

You can use modules and extend to group matchers for use in multiple
contexts.


== bacon standalone runner

  -s, --specdox            do AgileDox-like output (default)
  -q, --quiet              do Test::Unit-like non-verbose output
  -p, --tap                do TAP (Test Anything Protocol) output
  -o, --output FORMAT      do FORMAT (SpecDox/TestUnit/Tap) output
  -a, --automatic          gather tests from ./test/, include ./lib/
  -n, --name NAME          runs tests matching regexp NAME
  -t, --testcase TESTCASE  runs tests in TestCases matching regexp TESTCASE

If you don't want to use the standalone runner, run
Bacon.summary_on_exit to install an exit handler showing the summary.


== Object#should

You can use Object#should outside of contexts, where the result of
assertion will be returned as a boolean.  This is nice for
demonstrations, quick checks and doctest tests.

    >> require 'bacon'
    >> (1 + 1).should.equal 2
    => true
    >> (6*9).should.equal 42
    => false


== Bacon with autotest

Since version 1.0, there is autotest support.  You need to tag your
test directories (test/ or spec/) by creating an .bacon file there.
Autotest then will find it.  bin/bacon needs to be in PATH or RUBYPATH.


== Converting specs

spec-converter is a simple tool to convert test-unit or dust style
tests to test/spec specs.

It can be found at http://opensource.thinkrelevance.com/wiki/spec_converter.


== Thanks to

* Michael Fellinger, for fixing Bacon for 1.9 and various improvements.
* Gabriele Renzi, for implementing Context#should.
* James Tucker, for the autotest support
* everyone contributing bug fixes.


== History

* January 7, 2008: First public release 0.9.

* July 6th, 2008: Second public release 1.0.
  * Add Context#should as a shortcut for Context#it('should ' + _).
  * describe now supports multiple arguments for better organization.
  * Empty specifications are now erroneous.
  * after-blocks run in the case of exceptions too.
  * Autotest support.
  * Bug fixes.

* XXX, 2008: Third public release 1.1.
  * Add -Q/--no-backtraces to not details about failed specifications.


== Contact

Please mail bugs, suggestions and patches to
<mailto:chneukirchen@gmail.com>.

Git repository (patches rebased on HEAD are most welcome):
http://github.com/chneukirchen/bacon
git://github.com/chneukirchen/bacon.git


== Copying

Copyright (C) 2007, 2008 Christian Neukirchen <purl.org/net/chneukirchen>

Bacon is freely distributable under the terms of an MIT-style license.
See COPYING or http://www.opensource.org/licenses/mit-license.php.


== Links

Behavior-Driven Development:: <http://behaviour-driven.org/>
RSpec:: <http://rspec.rubyforge.org/>
test/spec:: <http://test-spec.rubyforge.org/>

Christian Neukirchen:: <http://chneukirchen.org/>
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