turning
A state-based testing framework.
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Turning

This project is currently just a proof of concept, any feedback is welcome.

Automated state transition testing.

Why & How

Writing E2E test cases is frustrating, and the best we can do in practice usually is just very limited test cases for every single feature.

The scenario that triggers this idea was testing a package manager similar to npm, but it should apply to varieties of scenarios including E2E tests for web apps.

Turning splits the composition of test cases into two parts: states and transitions.

The state definitions can verify whether the current context complies the states it's claimed to be; and the transition definitions tell possible paths of how the states transit from one to another in context.

Example

Assuming we need two states to represent the a web session:

turning.define('session:not-logged-in').test(async ({page}) => {
  await expect(page).not.toMatchElement('.profile');
  await expect(page).toMatchElement('.login-link');
});

turning.define('session:logged-in').test(async ({page}) => {
  await expect(page).not.toMatchElement('.login-link');
  await expect(page).toMatchElement('.profile');
});

And we can transit those two states by two transitions:

turning
  .turn(['session:not-logged-in'])
  .to(['session:logged-in'])
  .alias('login')
  .by(async ({page}) => {
    await page.click('.login-link');

    await page.type('input.username', 'admin');
    await page.type('input.password', '123456');

    await page.click('.login-submit-button');

    await page.waitForNavigation();
  });

turning
  .turn(['session:logged-in'])
  .to(['session:not-logged-in'])
  .alias('logout')
  .by(async ({page}) => {
    await page.click('.logout-link');

    await page.waitForNavigation();
  });

Thus a test case can be automatically generated:

  • login -> logout

By introducing more states and transitions, plentiful test cases could be generated without your spending time struggling thinking of different compositions.

Turning currently uses a tricky algorithm to search for available test cases. It tries to find possible combinations of test cases that cover all the states and transitions, while keep the number of test cases reasonable.

Installation

yarn add turning --dev

A test runner (e.g., jest) is required.

yarn add jest

Usage

// Function `describe` and `test` is defined by your test runner.
let turning = new Turning({describe, test});

// Define states:

turning.define('state-a');

turning.define('state-b').test(async context => {
  // Assert the context.
});

// Define initialize nodes:

turning
  .initialize(['state-a'])
  .alias('initialize a')
  .by(async () => {
    // Initialize the context to `state-a` and return the context object.
    return {};
  });

// Define transition nodes:

// Check out the content below for differences about `turn` and `spawn`.

turning
  .turn(['state-a'])
  .to(['state-b'])
  .alias('a to b')
  .by(async context => {
    // Mutate the context or return a new one.
  });

turning
  .spawn(['state-b'])
  .to(['state-a'])
  .alias('b to a')
  .by(async context => {
    // Spawn transition must return new context object.
    return {};
  });

// Generate test cases with `describe` and `test` provided.
turning.test().then(passed => {
  process.exit(passed ? 0 : 1);
});

For now, you can checkout makeflow-e2e for more usages.

Transitions

Turning provides two different concepts of transitions: turn and spawn.

  • turn: transit a context from states to states.
  • spawn: duplicate a context and transit the states.

So basically if you are using turn, every leaf would result in a new test case from the initialization (or recent spawning); and if you are using spawn, the spawned branches would begin with the same context before spawn.

Manual Cases

turning.case('manual case 1', ['initialize a', 'a to b', 'b to a', 'a to b']);

License

MIT License.

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