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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Testing: just (start) doing it

Trying to test something that I don;t know how to automate. In fact, my goal is to automate - but I can't automate it enough even to run the smallest self checking automated test. The blinking procedure only works, at all, interactively.

So, do what I can:

I can't run the program under test automatically. (Yet: I hope to change this.)

But the program under test does leave some output files, etc.

Therefore, I can automate CHECKING the output of the manual test.

Perhaps in a while I will be able to automate the whole thing.

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It is amazing the sense of ease that even this small degree of automation brings.

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