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Test::WriteVariants - Dynamic generation of tests in nested combinations of contexts


    use Test::WriteVariants;

    my $test_writer = Test::WriteVariants->new();


        # tests we want to run in various contexts
        input_tests => {
            'core/10-foo' => { require => 't/core/10-foo.t' },
            'core/20-bar' => { require => 't/core/20-bar.t' },

        # one or more providers of variant contexts
        variant_providers => [
            sub {
                my ($path, $context, $tests) = @_;
                my %variants = (
                    plain    => $context->new_env_var(MY_MODULE_PUREPERL => 0),
                    pureperl => $context->new_env_var(MY_MODULE_PUREPERL => 1),
                return %variants;
            sub {
                my ($path, $context, $tests) = @_;
                my %variants = map {
                    $_ => $context->new_env_var(MY_MODULE_WIBBLE => $_),
                } 1..3;
                delete $variants{3} if $context->get_env_var("MY_MODULE_PUREPERL");
                return %variants;

        # where to generate the .t files that wrap the input_tests
        output_dir => 't/variants',

When run that generates the desired test variants:

    Writing t/variants/plain/1/core/10-foo.t
    Writing t/variants/plain/1/core/20-bar.t
    Writing t/variants/plain/2/core/10-foo.t
    Writing t/variants/plain/2/core/20-bar.t
    Writing t/variants/plain/3/core/10-foo.t
    Writing t/variants/plain/3/core/20-bar.t
    Writing t/variants/pureperl/1/core/10-foo.t
    Writing t/variants/pureperl/1/core/20-bar.t
    Writing t/variants/pureperl/2/core/10-foo.t
    Writing t/variants/pureperl/2/core/20-bar.t

Here's what t/variants/pureperl/2/core/20-bar.t looks like:

    END { delete $ENV{MY_MODULE_WIBBLE} } # for VMS
    END { delete $ENV{MY_MODULE_PUREPERL} } # for VMS
    require 't/core/20-bar.t';

Here's an example that uses plugins to provide the tests and the variants:

    my $test_writer = Test::WriteVariants->new();

    # gather set of input tests that we want to run in various contexts
    # these can come from various sources, including modules and test files
    my $input_tests = $test_writer->find_input_test_modules(
        search_path => [ 'DBI::TestCase' ]


        # tests we want to run in various contexts
        input_tests => $input_tests,

        # one or more providers of variant contexts
        # (these can be code refs or plugin namespaces)
        variant_providers => [

        # where to generate the .t files that wrap the input_tests
        output_dir => $output_dir,


NOTE: This is alpha code that's still evolving - nothing is stable.

See List::MoreUtils (on github) for an example use.



    $test_writer = Test::WriteVariants->new(%attributes);

Instanciates a Test::WriteVariants instance and sets the specified attributes, if any.


    $bool = $test_writer->allow_dir_overwrite;

If the output directory already exists when tumble() is called it'll throw an exception (and warn if it wasn't created during the run). Setting allow_dir_overwrite true disables this safety check.


    $bool = $test_writer->allow_file_overwrite;

If the test file that's about to be written already exists then write_output_files() will throw an exception. Setting allow_file_overwrite true disables this safety check.


        input_tests => \%input_tests,
        variant_providers => \@variant_providers,
        output_dir => $output_dir,

Instanciates a Data::Tumbler. Sets its consumer to call:

    $self->write_output_files($path, $context, $payload, $output_dir)

and sets its add_context to call:

    $context->new($context, $item);

and then calls its tumble method:



    $input_tests = $test_writer->find_input_test_modules(


Not yet implemented - will file .t files.


        $input_tests,   # the \%input_tests to add the test module to
        $test_name,     # the key to use in \%input_tests
        $test_spec      # the details of the test file

Adds the $test_spec to %$input_tests keys by $test_name. In other words:

    $input_tests->{ $test_name } = $test_spec;

An exception will be thrown if a test with $test_name already exists in %$input_tests.

This is a low-level interface that's not usually called directly. See "add_test_module".


        $input_tests,     # the \%input_tests to add the test module to
        $module_name,     # the package name of the test module
        $edit_test_name   # a code ref to edit the test module name in $_


    $providers = $test_writer->normalize_providers($providers);

Given a reference to an array of providers, returns a reference to a new array. Any code references in the original array are passed through unchanged.

Any other value is treated as a package name and passed to Module::Pluggable::Object as a namespace search_path to find plugins. An exception is thrown if no plugins are found.

The corresponding element of the original $providers array is replaced with a new provider code reference which calls the provider_initial, provider, and provider_final methods, if present, for each plugin namespace in turn.

Normal Data::Tumbler provider subroutines are called with these arguments:

    ($path, $context, $tests)

and the return value is expected to be a hash. Whereas the plugin provider methods are called with these arguments:

    ($test_writer, $path, $context, $tests, $variants)

and the return value is ignored. The $variants argument is a reference to a hash that will be returned to Data::Tumbler and which should be edited by the plugin provider method. This allows a plugin to see, and change, the variants requested by any other plugins that have already been run for this provider.


    $test_writer->write_output_files($path, $context, $input_tests, $output_dir);

Writes test files for each test in %$input_tests, for the given $path and $context, into the $output_dir.

The $output_dir, @$path, and key of %$input_tests are concatenated to form a file name. A ".t" is added if not already present.

Calls "get_test_file_body" to get the content of the test file, and then calls "write_file" to write it.


    $test_writer->write_file($filepath, $content);

Throws an exception if $filepath already exists and "allow_file_overwrite" is not true.

Creates $filepath and writes $content to it. Creates any directories that are needed. Throws an exception on error.


    $test_body = $test_writer->get_test_file_body($context, $test_spec);

XXX This should probably be a method call on an object instanciated by the find_input_test_* methods.

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