Porting Tomboy from C# to C++

Hubert Figuiere writes about porting Tomboy from C# to C++. I tried to leave a comment in his blog, but something doesn’t work, so here is my comment:

Porting Tomboy from C# to C++ seems like a step back to me. C# is a higher level language than C++ and is much easier to write good and clean code with than C++. C++ rises the maintenance burden.

Also, at the moment Tomboy’s code base is under heavy development with one WSOP project (Maria Soler Climent’s) and one Summer of Code project (mine) going on. The code base is changing rapidly, so it seems this is a bad time to do such porting.

XML Test Runner for PyUnit

JUnit features an XML Test Runner. This means that the result of a test run is not written to stdout, but instead written into an XML file. This XML file can then be automatically processed. This is for example useful for fully automated builds using software like CruiseControl. The XML output is easily converted into an XHTML file for easy human reading.

Until now PyUnit was lacking an XML Test Runner. Since I needed one for one of my projects that used CruiseControl, I wrote one. It is available for download here. Since this is an extension to a unit testing framework, the classes are of course fully tested. 🙂

If you have any suggestions or criticism, please let me know. I’m a nitpicker myself, so even if you have some small suggestions about coding style or improvement hints, I would like to hear about them.

Update: I have now submitted this patch to Python’s patch tracker, ticket number 1522704.

Update^2: I created a page with more information about PyUnit and CruiseControl integration, including sample configuration files and scripts.

Update^3: I updated the XmlTestRunner after input from Mirko Friedenhagen: It now recovers gracefully from unit tests overriding sys.stdout and sys.stderr, the XmlTestRunner returns the TestResult instance instead of a boolean value, and you can now stream multiple test suite results into a single XML file, since the XML header is not written to file streams by default.

Update 2017-10-30: While XMLTestRunner can be found on GitHub nowadays, its use has been deprecated for a while. Instead, use maintainer projects, such as unittest-xml-reporting.

Python Warts

I started my own page of Python warts, similar to A. M. Kuchling’s popular page. At the moment it just features one wart (the len() function vs. a length property on container classes). But I plan to add more warts in the future. I will probably concentrate on warts in the standard library. (And there are tons of them.) Two warts that come to mind are the unpythonic (but very SAXy) SAX library, and several warts in the unittest module.