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Re: [xml-dev] Testing XML don't use xUnit

On 10 April 2013 15:28, Ihe Onwuka <ihe.onwuka@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 10, 2013 at 2:48 PM, Andrew Welch <andrew.j.welch@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I'm not sure what you think you might be missing because your previous
>>> response suggested you got it.
>>> As far as possible you want your tests to carry on working unchanged
>>> if the structure of the XML changes. That will not happen if your test
>>> cases expose Xpaths.
>> Examples please.
>> if I compare //title in the input, with //title in the output - how
>> will that not handle changes in the structures of the XML ?
>> I've happily used this technique on 2 large projects now (I'm pretty
>> confident in how it works : )
> I'll take your example from the other thread.
> Below if as the result of changes to the structure in the XMLe any of
> the elements "some" "path" or "to" change, disappear, become reodered,
> or now require predicates to be included, changed or removed that test
> will not work. Note the multitude of things that the test is
> vulnerable to.

As I said, if that is a requirement for the test to handle, then you
would just write the xquery accordingly.   What do you think the
Schematron you write gets turned into?

> String someValue = runQueryOnInput("/some/path/to/val/string(.)");
> String valueInResult = runQueryOnOutput("/result/path/to/val/string(.)");
> assertEquals(someValue, valueInResult);
> Uche correctly identified that it's the ability in Schematron to set a
> context that makes it resilient to this problem.

?? As I said, it uses XQuery - you can set whatever context you like.


Andrew Welch

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