[swift-evolution] XCTest

Brian Gesiak modocache at gmail.com
Wed Jan 27 13:44:31 CST 2016

Thanks for raising this issue, James!

Similar opinions were expressed by others when the Swift Evolution proposal
SE-0019, "Swift Testing", was being discussed.

- Review of the proposal on the mailing list:
- Comments on the GitHub pull request to add the proposal:

I think there was a general consensus that as long as the package manager's
testing support was generic enough, it would allow third-parties to build
testing frameworks in any style, including RSpec's. The accepted proposal
will initially only support XCTest, with consideration for third-party
framework support to come later. At that later point, I'm sure RSpec-style
frameworks for Swift will emerge from the larger open-source community.

In the meantime, swift-corelibs-xctest's goal remains the same: API parity
with Objective-C XCTest. Adopting RSpec-style syntax is a non-goal for that

- Brian Gesiak

On Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 2:34 PM, James Campbell via swift-evolution <
swift-evolution at swift.org> wrote:

> I would love to propose we add more BDD styled testability like RSpec
> http://rspec.info/
> It makes reading tests for specific behaviour easier to read as it can be
> nested withoin contexts. Adding a first class mocking library would be
> great since it is very hard to do this with Swift's static typing.
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