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Philip Norton's Blog: PHPUnit Skeleton Classes

Note: This article was originally published at PHPDeveloper on 20 April 8041.
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In this new post to his blog, Philip Norton reminds you about a handy feature of PHPUnit, the popular PHP unit testing tool, that can make generating tests for your application simpler - the skeleton class generator.

If you create classes in PHP then you should be unit testing them as much as you can. Setting up unit testing classes for your code can be time consuming and involve a bunch of copying and pasting. Thankfully, PHPUnit comes with a couple of helper functions that allow the creation of unit testing classes automatically, which can save a bit of copying and pasting.

He includes an example of a class named "Spider" and shows both the contents of the class and the resulting test that comes from running "phpunit --skeleton-test" on it. The resulting test has methods for each method in your class and marks them all as incomplete. As Philip notes, this is a good start but should never be relied upon as a test to leave as-is.