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Smashing Magazine: Writing Unit Tests For WordPress Plugins

Note: This article was originally published at PHPDeveloper on 10 March 2012.
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On the Smashing Magazine site there's a recent post looking at how to unit test WordPress plugins via the frontend using QUnit (part of the jQuery project).

My first goal for the WordPress Editorial Calendar was to make it do anything useful. I was new to JavaScript and PHP and didn't really know what I could pull off. In a few days I had a proof of concept. In a few more I had a working version and was asking friends to install it. The calendar worked...sort of. I spent three times as much time fixing bugs as I did coding. Once the plugin worked, I wrote unit tests to make sure it kept working.

He introduces the QUnit testing tool and includes some sample tests showing you how to create both a pass/fail and how to test a PHP value passed out to the page via PHP. There's also a section on getting WordPress and QUnit integrated and only executing when there's a "qunit" parameter on the URL. Actual tests for his calendar plugin are included and you can see the results of the tests here.