Test2 - Framework for writing test tools that all work together.
Test2 is a new testing framework produced by forking Test::Builder,
completely refactoring it, adding many new features and capabilities.
WHAT IS NEW?
Easier to test new testing tools.
From the beginning Test2 was built with introspection capabilities.
With Test::Builder it was difficult at best to capture test tool
output for verification. Test2 Makes it easy with
Better diagnostics capabilities.
Test2 uses an Test2::API::Context object to track filename, line
number, and tool details. This object greatly simplifies tracking for
where errors should be reported.
Test2 based tools produce events which get passed through a
processing system before being output by a formatter. This event
system allows for rich plugin and extension support.
More complete API.
Test::Builder only provided a handful of methods for generating lines
of TAP. Test2 took inventory of everything people were doing with
Test::Builder that required hacking it up. Test2 made public API
functions for nearly all the desired functionality people didn't
Support for output other than TAP.
Test::Builder assumed everything would end up as TAP. Test2 makes no
such assumption. Test2 provides ways for you to specify alternative
and custom formatters.
Subtest implementation is more sane.
The Test::Builder implementation of subtests was certifiably insane.
Test2 uses a stacked event hub system that greatly improves how
subtests are implemented.
Support for threading/forking.
Test2 support for forking and threading can be turned on using
Test2::IPC. Once turned on threading and forking operate sanely and
work as one would expect.
If you are interested in writing tests using new tools then you should
look at Test2::Suite. Test2::Suite is a separate cpan distribution that
contains many tools implemented on Test2.
If you are interested in writing new tools you should take a look at
This describes the namespace layout for the Test2 ecosystem. Not all
the namespaces listed here are part of the Test2 distribution, some are
implemented in Test2::Suite.
This namespace is for sets of tools. Modules in this namespace should
export tools like ok() and is(). Most things written for Test2 should
go here. Modules in this namespace MUST NOT export subs from other
tools. See the "Test2::Bundle::" namespace if you want to do that.
This namespace is for plugins. Plugins are modules that change or
enhance the behavior of Test2. An example of a plugin is a module that
sets the encoding to utf8 globally. Another example is a module that
causes a bail-out event after the first test failure.
This namespace is for bundles of tools and plugins. Loading one of
these may load multiple tools and plugins. Modules in this namespace
should not implement tools directly. In general modules in this
namespace should load tools and plugins, then re-export things into the
This namespace is for modules that cause a test to be skipped when
conditions do not allow it to run. Examples would be modules that skip
the test on older perls, or when non-essential modules have not been
Formatters live under this namespace. Test2::Formatter::TAP is the only
formatter currently. It is acceptable for third party distributions to
create new formatters under this namespace.
Events live under this namespace. It is considered acceptable for third
party distributions to add new event types in this namespace.
Hub subclasses (and some hub utility objects) live under this
namespace. It is perfectly reasonable for third party distributions to
add new hub subclasses in this namespace.
The IPC subsystem lives in this namespace. There are not many good
reasons to add anything to this namespace, with exception of IPC
IPC drivers live in this namespace. It is fine to create new IPC
drivers and to put them in this namespace.
This namespace is for general utilities used by testing tools. Please
be considerate when adding new modules to this namespace.
This is for Test2 API and related packages.
The Test2:: namespace is intended for extensions and frameworks. Tools,
Plugins, etc should not go directly into this namespace. However
extensions that are used to build tools and plugins may go here.
In short: If the module exports anything that should be run directly by
a test script it should probably NOT go directly into Test2::XXX.
Test2::API - Primary API functions.
Test2::API::Context - Detailed documentation of the context object.
Test2::IPC - The IPC system used for threading/fork support.
Test2::Formatter - Formatters such as TAP live here.
Test2::Event - Events live in this namespace.
Test2::Hub - All events eventually funnel through a hub. Custom hubs
are how intercept() and run_subtest() are implemented.
Many Test2 developers and users lurk on irc://irc.perl.org/#perl-qa and
irc://irc.perl.org/#toolchain. We also have a slack team that can be
joined by anyone with an @cpan.org email address
https://perl-test2.slack.com/ If you do not have an @cpan.org email you
can ask for a slack invite by emailing Chad Granum <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
The source code repository for Test2 can be found at
Chad Granum <email@example.com>
Chad Granum <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Copyright 2019 Chad Granum <email@example.com>.
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
under the same terms as Perl itself.