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doctest-extract lets you write test examples and QuickCheck properties
in Haddock comments and extracts them to test modules.
It means that the user sees your tests in the documentation
and knows that the examples and properties are machine-tested,
or at least, she can run the tests herself.
I found the barrier to write tests much lower when I do not need to write new test modules but just add some lines to the Haddock comments. I do not need to think of test names or filling test data structures. The test identifier is the module name and the line number and if a test fails I can easily jump to the failing code.
Differences to the original GHCi-based implementation of
Package versions for tests are consistent with tested library
Tests run much faster, especially QuickCheck property tests
No dependency on GHCi or GHC-as-library
The tested package need not be ready for compilation. Our simple parser requires only clearly recognizable Haskell comments.
QuickCheck properties do not cause confusing type error messages when actually only identifiers are missing.
You can inspect extracted modules
doctestcollects tests from the transitive hull of imports of the specified modules. This might help you to keep the list of modules short.
doctest-extractonly processes the specified modules and thus allows you to focus on a module for development of tests.
--verbosetest source path and line number are formatted such that Emacs allows you to click and jump to the test definition.
Report success only of real tests.
doctestreports successful imports and definition of helper types and functions as successful tests. This makes it hard to monitor the number of real tests, e.g. whether some tests have been dropped by accident.
Cannot test for output of IO functions or error messages from partial functions.
All free variables in QuickCheck properties must be all-quantified using lambda. (Could be even seen as an advantage for the reader of your doctests.)
No support for a single-line
letas an example.
The Test module does not automatically import modules that the tested module imports. Thus, you usually have to add a setup section with required imports.
You need tools additional to
Makefile, in order generate test modules.