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Mock Objects

  Asked By: Bonni    Date: Jul 14    Category: Java    Views: 896
  

Mock Objects is a test-first development process for building
object-oriented software and a generic unit testing framework that
supports that process. Mock objects give you:

* A methodology for developing and using mock objects.
* A core mock objects framework. This is a library of code that
supports the implementation of mock objects. It is based around a set
of expectation classes for values and collections. There are also
various other classes to make mock objects easier to write or to use.
* A default set of mock implementations for the standard Java
platform APIs. We have made a start on packages such as servlets, sql,
and io.
* Mock implementations for more specialised libraries,
particularly third party products. So far, we have started on ATG
Dynamo and IBM's VisualAge for Java tools API.
* A community for exchanging ideas on anything related to unit
testing, with a bias towards Mock Objects.

Our larger aim is to make www.mockobjects.com the point of reference
for ideas and tools for unit testing particularly based on Mock
Objects. Our first implementation is in Java, largely because that's
what we've been working in, but also because it has a stable set of
APIs that are suitable for writing Mock Objects. We have applied these
techniques to other environments and intend to publish the results here.

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