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A meta-package containing a full toolset for agile development with TDD

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Meta-package for python with tools for an agile development workflow.

add it to your project

pip install agile

what is in it?


The mock library is the easiest and most expressive way to mock in python.

example: mocking I/O calls:

# cool-git-project/my_cool_library/
import io
import json

class JSONDatabase(object):
    def __init__(self, filename=None, data={}):
        self.filename = filename = data

    def state_to_json(self):
        return json.dumps(

    def save(self):
        # open file
        fd =, 'wb')
# cool-git-project/tests/unit/
from mock import patch
from my_cool_library.core import JSONDatabase

def test_json_database_save(state_to_json, io):
    (" should open the database file, "
     "and write the latest json state of the data")

    # Given that the call to returns a mock
    mocked_fd =

    # And that I create an instance of JSONDatabase with some data
    jdb = JSONDatabase('my-database.json', data={'foo': 'bar'})

    # When I call .save()

    # Then the file descriptor should have been opened in write mode,
    # and pointing to the right file'my-database.json', 'wb')

    # And the returned file descriptor should have been used
    # to write the return value from state_to_json

    # And then the file descriptor should have been closed

The mock documentation can be found here


Sure modifies the all the python objects in memory, adding a special property should, that allows you to test aspects of the given object.

Let’s see it in practice.

Still considering the project from the mock example above, now let’s test that state_to_json returns a json string.

def test_json_database_state_to_json():
    ("JSONDatabase.state_to_json() should return a valid json string")
    # Given that I have an instance of the database containing some data
    jdb = JSONDatabase(data={'name': 'Foo Bar'})

    # When I call .state_to_json
    result = jdb.state_to_json()

    # Then it should return a valid JSON
    result.should.equal('{"name": "Foo Bar"}')

The sure documentation is available here

nose + coverage + rednose

nosetests -vsx --rednose --with-coverage --cover-package=my_cool_library tests/unit
# or
nosetests -vsx --rednose --with-coverage --cover-package=my_cool_library tests/functional

Nose is a great test runner, recursively scans for files that start with test_ and and with .py. It supports plugins and agile installs two cool plugins:


coverage is a module that collects test coverage data so that nose can show a summary of what lines of python code don’t have test coverage.


Rednose is a plugin that prints a prettier output when running the tests, and show bad things in red which highlights problems and make it easier to see where is the problem, pretty awesome.

More over, as long as you write single-line docstrings to describe your tests rednose will show the whole sentence, pretty and with no chops. should open the database file, and write the latest json state of the data ... passed
JSONDatabase.state_to_json() should return a valid json string ... passed

2 tests run in 0.0 seconds (2 tests passed)

ps.: nose actually matches files that contain test in the name and can also find TestCase classes, but I recommend using function-based tests, for clarity, expressiveness and to enforce simplicity. We developers tend to add too much logic to setup and teardown functions when writing test-based class.


creating a basic python test infrastructure

mkdir -p tests/{unit,functional}
touch tests/{unit,functional,}/
printf 'import sure\nsure\n' > tests/unit/
printf 'import sure\nsure\n' > tests/functional/

now go ahead and add a unit test file, try to name your test file such that it resembles module being tested, for example, let’s say you are testing my_cool_library/, you could create a test file like this

printf "# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-\n\n" > tests/unit/

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