Easy string baseline.
This tool streamlines creation and maintenance of tests which compare string output against a baseline. It offers a mechanism to compare a string against a baselined copy and update the baselined copy to match the new value when a mismatch occurs. The update process includes a manual step to facilitate a review of the change before acceptance. The tool uses multi-line string format for string baselines to improve readability for human review.
Create an empty baseline with a triple quoted multi-line string. Place the ending triple quote on a separate line and indent it to the level you wish the string baseline update to be indented to. Add a compare of the string being tested to the baseline string. Then save the file as fox.py:
from baseline import Baseline expected = Baseline(""" """) test_string = """THE QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPS OVER THE LAZY DOG.""" assert test_string == expected
Run fox.py and observe that the assert raises an exception since the strings are not equal. Because the comparison failed, the tool located the triple quoted baseline string in the source file and updated it with the mis-compared value. When the interpreter exited, the tool saved the updated source file but changed the file name to fox.py.update:
from baseline import Baseline expected = Baseline(""" THE QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPS OVER THE LAZY DOG. """) test_string = """THE QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPS OVER THE LAZY DOG.""" assert test_string == expected
After reviewing the change with your favorite file differencing tool, accept the change by either manually overwriting the original file or use the baseline command line tool to scan the directory for updated scripts:
$ python -m baseline * Found baseline updates for: fox.py Hit [ENTER] to accept, [Ctrl-C] to cancel
Pressing Enter causes the tool to overwrite the scripts with the new baseline updates and remove the temporary .py.update files.
Run fox.py again and observe the assert does not raise an exception nor is a copy of the source file update generated. If in the future the test value changes, the assert raises an exception and causes a new source file update to be generated. Simply repeat the review and acceptance step and you are back in business!
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