[Development] Supporting helper functions in auto tests by providing throwing Qt Test macros

Joerg Bornemann Joerg.Bornemann at qt.io
Wed Apr 3 09:55:15 CEST 2019

On 4/2/19 5:14 PM, Mitch Curtis wrote:

> As described in https://bugreports.qt.io/browse/QTBUG-66320, currently Qt users are on their own if they want to call helper functions that can fail a test. The reason is documented:
>      Note: This macro can only be used in a test function that is invoked by the test framework.
> A common workaround for this is to make the helper function return a bool indicating success or failure, and pass in a QString reference which is set to the failure message (if any).
> I don't know how many people reading this have written comprehensive auto tests for an application, but not having helper functions is just not an option if you want maintainable code.

This is massively annoying, and also a reason for
   - either writing longish macros that should be functions instead
   - duplicated code in tests.

> I looked into this briefly during the last hackathon we had, and from what I found, throwing an exception was the best approach:
> https://codereview.qt-project.org/#/c/248490/

To me this looks promising. I wonder if qtestlib could catch a dedicated 
QTestException instead to avoid the need of the QCHECK_EXCEPTION macro.



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