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Data driven testing with JUnit and Gradle

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Post summary: How to do data driven testing with JUnit and Gradle.

In Data driven testing with JUnit parameterized tests post I’ve shown how to create data driven JUnit test. It should be annotated with @RunWith(Parameterized.class).

Older Gradle and Parameterized.class

Gradle cannot run JUnit tests annotated with @RunWith(Parameterized.class). There is official Gradle bug which states issue is resolved in Gradle 2.12, so if you are using older Gradle then current post is suitable for you.

Data Driven JUnit tests

There is library called junit-dataprovider which is easy to use. What you have to do to use it is:

  1. Annotate the test class
  2. Define test data
  3. Create test and use test data

Annotate the test class

Class needs to be run with specialised runner in order to be treated as data driven one. Runner is: com.tngtech.java.junit.dataprovider.DataProviderRunner. Class looks like:

import com.tngtech.java.junit.dataprovider.DataProviderRunner;
import org.junit.runner.RunWith;

@RunWith(DataProviderRunner.class)
public class LocatorDataProviderTest {
}

Define test data

Test data is seeded from static method: public static Object[] dataProvider(). This method returns array of Object arrays where each array is one row with input and expected output test data. This method is annotated with @DataProvider. Here is how test data is defined:

@DataProvider
public static Object[] dataProvider() {
	return new Object[][] {
		{-1, -1, new Point(1, 1)},
		{-1, 0, new Point(1, 0)},
		{-1, 1, new Point(1, 1)},

		{0, -1, new Point(0, 1)},
		{0, 0, MOCKED_POINT},
		{0, 1, MOCKED_POINT},

		{1, -1, new Point(1, 1)},
		{1, 0, MOCKED_POINT},
		{1, 1, MOCKED_POINT}
	};
}

Create test and use test data

In order to use the test data in some test method it should be annotated with @UseDataProvider(“dataProvider”) where “dataProvider” is the name of the static method which generates the test data. Another mandatory is test method should have same number and type of arguments as each line of the test data array. Here is how test method looks like:

@Test
@UseDataProvider("dataProvider")
public void testLocateResults(int x, int y, Point expected) {
	assertTrue(PointUtils.arePointsEqual(expected, 
				locatorUnderTest.locate(x, y)));
}

Putting it all together

Combining all steps into one class leads to code bellow:

import com.automationrhapsody.junit.utils.PointUtils;
import com.tngtech.java.junit.dataprovider.DataProvider;
import com.tngtech.java.junit.dataprovider.DataProviderRunner;
import com.tngtech.java.junit.dataprovider.UseDataProvider;

import org.junit.Before;
import org.junit.Test;
import org.junit.runner.RunWith;

import static org.junit.Assert.assertTrue;
import static org.mockito.Matchers.any;
import static org.mockito.Mockito.mock;
import static org.mockito.Mockito.when;

@RunWith(DataProviderRunner.class)
public class LocatorDataProviderTest {

	private static final Point MOCKED_POINT = new Point(11, 11);

	private LocatorService locatorServiceMock = mock(LocatorService.class);

	private Locator locatorUnderTest;

	@DataProvider
	public static Object[] dataProvider() {
		return new Object[][] {
			{-1, -1, new Point(1, 1)},
			{-1, 0, new Point(1, 0)},
			{-1, 1, new Point(1, 1)},

			{0, -1, new Point(0, 1)},
			{0, 0, MOCKED_POINT},
			{0, 1, MOCKED_POINT},

			{1, -1, new Point(1, 1)},
			{1, 0, MOCKED_POINT},
			{1, 1, MOCKED_POINT}
		};
	}

	@Before
	public void setUp() {
		when(locatorServiceMock.geoLocate(any(Point.class)))
				.thenReturn(MOCKED_POINT);

		locatorUnderTest = new Locator(locatorServiceMock);
	}

	@Test
	@UseDataProvider("dataProvider")
	public void testLocateResults(int x, int y, Point expected) {
		assertTrue(PointUtils.arePointsEqual(expected, 
				locatorUnderTest.locate(x, y)));
	}
}

Benefits

Using junit-dataprovider has one huge benefit over JUnit’s Parameterized runner. Test data provider is used only for the method annotated with its name. JUnit’s Parameterized runner runs each and every test method with given data provider. In one test class you can define several data providers as different static methods and use them in different test methods. This is not possible with JUnit’s Parameterized runner.

Conclusion

JUnit-dataprovider is very nice library which makes JUnit 4 data driven testing very nice and easy. Even if you do not have issues with Gradle I still would recommend it to use it instead of standard Parameterized runner because it gives you the flexibility to bind data provider method with specific unit test method.

 

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