A simple CLI tool for QA
Nitpicker is a CLI tool for QA written in Python
The project has been started to fix some problems that many developers and testers might be familiar to:
1. QA tests are not under version control with the code. Why not? As developers, we would like to do some review of tests like code review. As a manger I would be calm knowing that all QA plans and cases are stored with the code on Git repository always available.
2. QA tests stay apart from the develop cycle. I can ban a merge request if it breaks my unit or integration tests because I see it at once by using CI tools. I believe it is possible for manual tests too. I want my CI tool to check if a tester do all the needed tests.
3. A QA tool should be interactive. When you see a whole test case with all the steps it is hard not to jump between them trying to do test as fast as possible. When a tester is in a dialogue with a tool and goes step-by-step, they can test more carefully. Especially, if the tool keep time tracking automatically.
How does it work?
All your tests and run reports are stored in YAML format with the code which they test.
project |-src/ |-docs/ |-qa/ |-feature_1/ |-feature_2/ |-plan_1/ |-test_case1.yml |-test_case2.yml |-test_case3.yml |-runs/ |-20180820_232000_run.report |-20180820_232010_run.report
Nitpicker provides command to create a test case:
python -m nitpicker add test_case -p feature_1.plan_1
Then you should write the case by using your favourite text editor. It is a not bad idea to commit and push it, so your teammate can review the case before you run the plan which the case belongs to.
Now you can run the test plan:
python -m nitpicker run feature_1.plan_1
The program runs all the cases in interactive mode leading the tester step by step. The results of the run will be written in directory runs in YAML format. These reports cab be used to generate .html, .md., .rst etc human friendly formats.
After all the test cases have been run you can push the reports into the git repo to a CI server can check if all tests are passed
python -m nitpicker check
The project uses itself for testing. You can find qa directory in the repo. Also you can run some plans for demonstration.
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