FAQ: Unit Testing - Test Fixtures

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Why do we have result:

Power cycling bluetooth device…
Testing Feature A
Power cycling bluetooth device…
Power cycling bluetooth device…
Testing Feature B
Power cycling bluetooth device…

After executing those example code:

def power_cycle_device():
    print('Power cycling bluetooth device...')
class BluetoothDeviceTests(unittest.TestCase):
    def setUp(self):
    def test_feature_a(self):
        print('Testing Feature A')
    def test_feature_b(self):
        print('Testing Feature B')
    def tearDown(self):

can not understand :frowning:

You are very inconsiderate my little boy:

A method named setUp runs before each test case in the class. Similarly, a method named tearDown gets called after each test case.


Why did we replace our setUp method with the setUpClass method and added the @classmethod decorator. ?
what does @classmethod do with setUpClass?

Your questions tie together somewhat so I’ll try to answer them both at once. We get that output because the methods setUp and tearDown are called before every test we perform.

So we have the first test test_feature_a which behaves in the following way-
setUp()Power cycling bluetooth device…
test_feature_a()Testing Feature A
tearDown()Power cycling bluetooth device…

Then the second test:
setUp()Power cycling bluetooth device…
test_feature_b()Testing Feature B
tearDown()Power cycling bluetooth device…

Using the setUpClass as a class method means this method is called once before any testing is run and tearDownClass is run after all the tests are complete. So the biggest difference is when and how often these methods are called.

setUpClass()Power cycling bluetooth device…
test_feature_a()Testing Feature A
test_feature_b()Testing Feature B
tearDownClass()Power cycling bluetooth device…

I did not understand the purpose of decorator here. Why do we put @classmethod above setUpClass ?
As I remember from video-explanation from Mike What Are Decorators? - YouTube we using wrapper() to “boost” decorating method/function passing it name after “@”. But what are we wrapping in setUpClass with decorator @classmethod?

It’s part of the implementation that these need to be wrapped with classmethod-

It’s a bit of a guess but I think the implementation is such that every defined test is performed on a new instance of this testing class. So .setUp and .tearDown and run for each and every new instance, whereas we want the set-up to be available for every possible new instance so we use @classmethod around .setUpClass to modify the class itself. I’ve not looked too closely at the implementation of testtunit so I could be wrong. If you wanted a definite you might have to search elsewhere.