123, Test test

A project log for iPath

Script customizable and reactive vector graphic files for browser or CNC

jeroenjeroen 05/14/2016 at 13:150 Comments

Every software library should have a testsuite attached and iPath is not different. Being written in Javascript a few options are available for a Test framework, and I have chosen Jasmin.

A test suite consists of a tests which will compare the outcome of a function on a certain input against a reference value. When your testsuite is in place and covers enough of your code, you can refactor and extend your code with far more confidence than without a proper testsuite.

A very simple javascript function which doubles a numeric value, can look like:

function double (v) {
      return 2*v;
A very simple jasmin test could look like:
  it ("tests the double function",function () {
      var b = 5;
the iPath functionality is in general a bit more complex than the function above. And involves testing of svg and dxf output. An example for testing a piece of code to convert a bezier to a chain of polylines is displayed below:
  it ("tests a bezier in dxf",function () {
      var b = new Bezier2Poly(0.5),pb = new PathBuilder(3);
      	  var array = [{x:20, y:0}, {x:0,y:20}, {x:20, y:20}];
	  expect(JSON.stringify(b.convert(array), signy))
Normally a test executed during a build cycle but, but for iPath this is done by accessing a test page which is publicly accessible here