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Django and GitLab - Running Continuous Integration and tests with your FREE account

This article attempts to explain how to setup your Django project so you can leverage’s free Continuous Integration features - available on their hosted environment, for their free account tier, on top of unlimited private repositories!

The TLDR version is:

You push your changes to a remote “dev” branch and GitLab will:

  • Read a very simple config file.
  • Build your environment on their cloud.
  • Run your tests - including PhantomJS Integration tests - on this environment.
  • Mark the build as “successful” if all tests...

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Django - Develop faster with BrowserSync

This is probably the simplest/fastest way to integrate BrowserSync with your Django development workflow, allowing a few cool thinks to happen automatically:

  • Browser reloads whenever you edit your code (no more CTRL+R or F5);

  • Sync your view across multiple browsers and devices, so you can see how changes are displayed in different platforms/window sizes;

  • Interactions on one device are also synced, any scrolling or typing in one window is simultaneously reflected in the other ones;

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ColdFusion - Testing FW/1 Controllers with TestBox

Some frameworks allow you to test your controllers directly - usually a faster approach to using Selenium and headless browsers.

I decided to try that for a new FW/1 app, but since I could only find discussions on how to do that, and not a lot of code, I decided to try that on my own, using TestBox.

This picks up where my FW/1 Example Application Articles left… I suggest you read that in case any of the code seems confusing.

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Starting Tests for Flask Apps - Integration and PhantomJS Examples

This article is similar to the Ready to use Structure for Django Tests and the main goals are:

  • get your tests up and running quickly
  • provide a starting point for more complex tests

We’ll use my Flask App to generate summaries as the test target (feel free to clone it).

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Ready to use Structure for Django Tests + Examples (Pt. 2)

This article builds up on the Structure for Django Tests and shows how you can easily display individual running times for each test in a group or suite - and you can use in Flask tests too! - check out my Flask App to generate summaries.

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Ready to use Structure for Django Tests + Examples (Pt. 1)

This article proposes a flexible and efficient test structure, so readers don’t have to go through the many Django testing resources available online before getting started.

This structure allows developers to:

  • Organize and group different test types (unit, integration, functional tests, etc…).

  • Run tests individually, or by group, or all of them.

  • Define logic that is common to all tests (e.g. client login/logout, utility functions)

  • Populate your test database programmatically.

  • Get the elapsed running time for...

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FW/1 Example Application - Testing your App with BDD and Integration Tests

This final article is probably the most interesting (and important!) in the series and details how to implement Behaviour Driven Development tests and Integration Tests on the Example Application using FW/1.

The links above provide excellent definitions on these different concepts, so I strongly suggest the reader to become familiar with them.

BDD, specifically, encompasses much more than just the tests - learning and implementing these concepts was incredibly rewarding, as it changed some of my stubborn ways of approaching development!

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