Software Carpentry: Testing Tools

Posted 25 Aug 2000 at 15:21 UTC by gvwilson Share This

The Software Carpentry project has re-started its competition to design a new testing tool, with a twist. Instead of submitting design proposals, people are being asked to audition for the design team by participating in a two-month discussion of requirements and options.

The Software Carpentry project is pleased to announce the re-start of work toward an Open Source regression testing tool is being re-started. Details can be found at:

Participants in the design competition earlier this year are asked to note that there have been some procedural changes this time around. Instead of submitting completed design proposals, people are being asked to participate in two months of discussion about requirements and strategies. At the end of this "audition" period, the judges will select a 4-person team to produce a full design.

If you would like to participate, please join the discussion list by sending mail to (or to sc-discuss- for the digestified version), or contact Greg Wilson at, or on +1 (416) 504 2325 ext. 229.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Greg Wilson
Software Carpentry Project Coordinator

What happened to the others?, posted 25 Aug 2000 at 17:51 UTC by Acapnotic » (Master)

I saw this announced on LWN, and that got me to thinking "Oh yeah, what ever became of the winners of the other categories?" So I poked around the Software Carpentry site for a while, and found the winners of the categories had been announced some time ago. However, the pages for the individual categories still haven't been updated to reflect the second-round results, let alone have any news about how development towards implementation is progressing for those tools, now that the designs have been selected. As far as I can tell, the prizes haven't been awarded yet either. My concerns are reflected in the closing paragraphs of this message to sc-discuss, which appears to have gone unanswered for two weeks.

I was excited about the promise of this project, but if the website is any indicator, things just ain't happening. So it's a bit hard to get excited for this next round...

Testing tools should be very lightweight, posted 26 Aug 2000 at 21:23 UTC by Bram » (Master)

For Mojo Nation we're using a very lightweight testing process which works quite nicely. It uses introspection to find all the testing functions written into the code, and calls them all, with each either passing or failing. If everything passes, you just keep coding.

Removing the need for humans to look at test results produces a fundamental improvement in regression test functionality - you actually start to run them.

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