A testing (and partial) replacement for the time package, for fully-controlled time-dependent tests.

# Simulated Time

A testing (and partial) replacement for Python's time package, for fully-controlled time-dependent tests.

Testing functions that depend on time is always tricky, and can take long. To save time and avoid relying on time.sleep(), this package allows to fast-forward time arbitrarily.

It implements the functions stime.time() and stime.monotonic().

Note: This package in not meant to replace time in production! Only in testing environments!

## Usage

The idea is to make your code to use stime.test() instead of time.test() while it is being tested.

Ideally, the code you want to test is receiving a time source through dependency injection, like the Timer class in the example below.

If the code you are testing is not using dependency injection, it is likely that you can still override the time function in your tests. That is less elegant, but can be a fair trade-off to avoid having its test suite rely on time.sleep().

Once your code is using stime, you can precisely control the output of stime.time() (or stime.monotonic()) using stime.reset() and stime.tick():

• tick(n): increments the current time by n seconds (e.g. 1.3 seconds)
• reset(t): (re-)sets the current time to the timestamp t (e.g. 1561120200)

### Example

Find the full code for this example in examples/timer!

# test_timer.py

import unittest
import stime # ①
from timer import Timer # your package with time-dependent functions to be tested

class TestTimer(unittest.TestCase):

def test_timer_rings_for_five_seconds_starting_at_alarm_time(self):
# create a new timer using stime as a time source
cooking_timer = Timer(time_source=stime)
cooking_timer.set_alarm(1561120200) # Unix timestamp for 21 June 2019 around noon

stime.reset(1561120199) # ② a second before alarm time
is_ringing = cooking_timer.is_ringing() # calls stime.time() because it is the timer time_source
self.assertEqual(is_ringing, False, "expected the timer NOT to ring before alarm time")

stime.reset(1561120200) # ③ exactly alarm time
is_ringing = cooking_timer.is_ringing() # calls stime.time() because it is the timer time_source
self.assertEqual(is_ringing, True, "expected the timer to ring at alarm time")

stime.tick(5) # ④ 5 seconds after alarm time
is_ringing = cooking_timer.is_ringing() # calls stime.time() because it is the timer time_source
self.assertEqual(is_ringing, True, "expected the timer to be ringing 5 seconds after alarm time")

stime.tick() # ⑤ add 1 more second
is_ringing = cooking_timer.is_ringing() # calls stime.time() because it is the timer time_source
self.assertEqual(is_ringing, False, "expected the timer NOT to be ringing 6 seconds after alarm time")

# [...]

• ① Import stime where you would have imported time if it wasn't testing.
• ② Set the current time to whatever is convenient...
• ③ Reset it as often as needed...
• ④ Fast-forward when convenient...
• ⑤ or progress one second at a time!

## Development

### Getting started

Optionally, create a virtual environment for this project and activate it.

python -m venv timer_venv # assuming Python 3
. timer_venv/bin/activate


Then do your thing!

# run the example test suite:
python test_timer.py

# once you're done deactivate the virtual environment if you use one:
deactivate


### Release

# Install the latest setuptools and wheel (in a virtual environment eventually)
pip install --upgrade setuptools wheel

# Update the package version number and tag it:
vim setup.py
git tag -a 'v1.0.0' -m 'Initial release'
git push origin master --tags

# Build the distribution files
make build

# And upload them to PyPI


## Credits

The owl emoji in the header was rendered from an SVG that belongs to Google and was published under the Apache License v2.0 as part of Noto Emoji.

stime
Copyright (C) 2019 Gonzalo Bulnes Guilpain

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but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the
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