[rspec-users] A recently observed anti pattern: commented out tests
adam.sroka at gmail.com
Tue Jul 24 02:58:58 UTC 2012
I haven't posted in a while, but I want to say that as someone who spends a
significant portion of his time teaching (T/B)DD I am totally in love with
pending specs. There are analogous concepts in nearly every xUnit/xSpec,
but pending is by far the best. Kudos.
On Jul 23, 2012 9:57 PM, "David Chelimsky" <dchelimsky at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 11:19 AM, James Cox <james at imaj.es> wrote:
> > Hey,
> > in a bunch of the rescues i've recently done, I see a pretty big anti
> > pattern: tests don't work, and so rather than making them work, the
> > dev team just comments them out till 'later'.
> > Does anyone think it'd be useful/interesting to get a flag for rspec
> > which would compare lines vs lines-commented, and if the percentage
> > was higher than xx, it'd issue some kind of warning?
> The pending feature is designed to help with this problem by allowing
> you to disable an example while still keeping it visible.
> If we were to do what you propose, we'd need to offer an opt-out
> and/or the ability to configure the percentage. Consider a suite that
> uses a lot of comments to annotate the specs. The problem with making
> it configurable is that the folks who's priorities lead them to
> comment out examples instead of fixing them will likely just disable
> this feature.
> I'd say, let's encourage people to use 'pending' correctly. WDYT?
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