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Python Testing Cookbook, by Greg L Turnquist : Review

  Python Testing Cookbook, by Greg L Turnquist is one of the latest books from Packt Publishing. It is the second book on Python Testing; the first one was Python Testing: Beginners Guide by Daniel. The Python Testing Cookbook is a collection of useful easy to learn tips and tricks. Even though this book is labeled as "cookbook" it is quite useful for the newbies in Python testing too. All the essential tips to play with Python testing is given in the introductory chapters with illustrative examples. The book can serve as a good resource to train Python newbies in the art of Software Testing.

The first chapter of the book deals with basics of unittest with Python. It gives step by step examples to understand unit-testing.

The second chapter helps you to put your nose in to testing with Python "nose" framework. The chapter gives insights on how to write nose-plugins to make the testers life easy. Third chapter of the book deals with doctest. The chapter gives good intro to writing docstring for doc-test. The art of doc-test is well covered in this chapter.  The fourth chapter deals with testing behavior driven development. The chapter introduces Mock, mockito and Lettuce testing tools. The fifth chapter deals with Acceptance Testing with Pyccuracy and Robot tools. This chapter gives some insight on selinium too. The sixth chapter speaks about test automation with Continuous Integration(CI). The chapter introduces Jenkins and NoseXunit. The chapter is very useful for the people who follows the waterfall model in Software Development. The seventh chapter discusses about test coverage.The chapter is bit complicated for beginners. Some play with database, springpython etc are there. In some examples I feel that the element of testing missed out ;-). The eighth chapter deals with Smoke and Load testing in Python. This chapter introduces the tool Pyro too.  The 9th chapter is a collection of general advices for automated testers. After making your hands dirty with testing u can relax and clear the doubts with advices in this chapter.

The book comes with extensive code samples. Even if the book is all about testing I found one bad practice in coding through out the examples; that is import * . This makes the learner to scratch his head to understand what comes from where. I think it is worth to buy and read the book to get good insights on Test Automation with Python. It is a good book for beginners to learn testing and good reference book for experienced professionals too.

disclaimer: I received a free eBook from Packt for review

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