Good code needs tests.
A project like django CMS simply can’t afford to incorporate new code that doesn’t come with its own tests.
Tests provide some necessary minimum confidence: they can show the code will behave as it expected, and help identify what’s going wrong if something breaks it.
Not insisting on good tests when code is committed is like letting a gang of teenagers without a driving licence borrow your car on a Friday night, even if you think they are very nice teenagers and they really promise to be careful.
We certainly do want your contributions and fixes, but we need your tests with them too. Otherwise, we’d be compromising our codebase.
So, you are going to have to include tests if you want to contribute. However, writing tests is not particularly difficult, and there are plenty of examples to crib from in the code to help you.
There’s more than one way to do this, but here’s one to help you get started:
# create a virtual environment virtualenv test-django-cms # activate it cd test-django-cms/ source bin/activate # get django CMS from GitHub git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:divio/django-cms.git # install the dependencies for testing # note that requirements files for other Django versions are also provided pip install -r django-cms/test_requirements/django-1.4.txt # run the test suite django-cms/runtests.py
It can take a few minutes to run.
When you run tests against your own new code, don’t forget that it’s useful to repeat them for different versions of Python and Django.
Contributing tests is widely regarded as a very prestigious contribution (you’re making everybody’s future work much easier by doing so). Good karma for you. Cookie points. Maybe even a beer if we meet in person :)
We have a wide and comprehensive library of unit-tests and integration tests with good coverage.
Generally tests should be: