[Geany-devel] Updating build-system branch

Lex Trotman elextr at xxxxx
Fri Mar 27 07:04:55 UTC 2009

Hi all,

Please Note that there was a smiley after my suggestion of regression tests

On a serious note, regression tests and unit tests are good things with
proven positive effects on software quality and supportability and could
make finding out if a new build works properly easy, but.....

Adding even unit tests to a mature working application almost never repays
the effort to create them, so as I would classify Geany as mature and
working, I think it is too late to add even unit tests now, it won't repay
the effort.

Glad you decided not to or Geany wouldn't have many of its good features
since you would still be writing the unit tests.

At work we use many software packages from lots of places and regularly get
suggestions to add unit tests, but it is never worth the effort for an
existing package, the few who tried have come away sorry but wiser.

When you do the complete re-write at Geany version 2.0 maybe that would be
another story ...

As for the GUI testing, unfortunately all the testers I can find require the
application to be accessibility enabled, so that the tests can address
widgets by name not screen position and read their content for comparison
with expected.  What this adds to the application effort I don't know, but
again I doubt it is worthwhile for an existing application by the time the
tests are written as well.

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