Submissions/Testing for MediaWiki
- Review no.
- Title of the submission
Testing for MediaWiki
- Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)
- Author of the submission
- Markus Glaser
Priyanka Dhanda Trevor Parscal
- Timo Tijhof
- Ryan Lane
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- Mark Hershberger: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Markus Glaser: email@example.com
- Priyanka Dhanda: firstname.lastname@example.org
Trevor Parscal: email@example.com
- Timo Tijhof: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Country of origin
- Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)
- Personal homepage or blog
- Abstract (please use no less than 300 words to describe your proposal)
One of the things that the MediaWiki software lacks and would benefit greatly from is a robust and reliable test infrastructure. This panel would discuss feasible ways to achieve better test coverage of the software and how we can encourage test driven development. These are some of the things that we hope to achieve with reliable tests and better code coverage:
- Enable developers to make core changes with more confidence.
- Extension writers can run a set of smoke tests to make sure they have not broken something in core.
- Reduce the likelihood of broken code being deployed
- Better quality code.
This panel will consist of MediaWiki developers who have all, at some point, worked on the existing test infrastructure. We will start with a few brief presentations on the following topics:
- Writing testable code, testing best practices and the benefits and pitfalls of coding with testing in mind.
- How to write a unit test for MediaWiki's PHP backend using our existing PHPunit framework.
- How to run PHPunit and some of its nice features.
- Browser testing using Selenium. Status of the existing framework and future plans.
- Running automated tests using phpUnderControl and Selenium.
This will be followed by a Q&A session where we hope to gain some insight into the following:
- What works well at present.
- Things we have we done in the past that worked and that developers adopted quickly.
- Are there any low hanging fruit that will make it very easy for developers to write and run tests more regularly?
- How to best achieve our long term goals
- Continuous automated tests.
- A test cluster where we can run tests on various configurations, platforms and browsers.
- How to engage with developers who are currently writing their own test infrastructure for MediaWiki.
We’re hoping that part of this session will be informal and interactive. We would like to hear from people who have experience with similar projects in the past or who have suggestions for us.
- Track (People and Community/Knowledge and Collaboration/Infrastructure)
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