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Utilities to aid in testing for equality.

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This package is pre-alpha. The API may change.

When comparing structures like this dict:

assert actual == {
    'id': 123,
    'created': "2017-11-10T23:59:58",
    'field1': 1,

This fails because ‘id’ and ‘created’ are different every test run. Fix this using:

assert actual == {
    'id': AnyInt(),
    'created': AnyTimestamp(, seconds=3),
    'field1': 1,

AnyInt compares equal to any integer. Timestamp compares equal to string timestamps that are within the given number of seconds.


Python 3.6 and 2.7.

Known Problems

If timestamps are generated locally, in-process, then it’s easier to patch out But if this is an end-to-end test that hits other services, that might not be an option. That’s when I find AnyTimestamp useful.

This is all hot off the press, so is doubtless full of mistakes.


This doubtless duplicates better work elsewhere. In particular the package ‘equals’ looks very nice, but it’s missing the central feature of ‘equality’, approximate comparison of string timestamps.


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Author: Jonathan Hartley, email: tartley at domain, Twitter: @tartley.

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