95% into my first Django Website built by yours truly with the help of this book and something came into my mind. Testing.

I recently stumbled upon the words of Jacob Kaplan-Moss, one of Django’s original creators, “Code without tests is broken as designed.” this hit me in a way that I know to my self that I suck at designing, which motivated me to learn how to test.

"Writing tests is important because it automates the process of confirming that the code works as expected." - Django For Beginners

I tried two tests because obviously I had troubles with the first one and was getting an error:

AssertionError: 301 != 200

The first test I used was SimpleTestCase. It is a subclass of unittest.TestCase that adds some functionality

from django.test import SimpleTestCase

class PageTest(SimpleTestCase):

def test_portfolio_page_status_code(self):
    response = self.client.get("/portfolio")
    self.assertEquals(response.status_code, 200)

def test_blog_page_status_code(self):
    response = self.client.get("/blog")
    self.assertEqual(response.status_code, 200)

def test_home_page_status_code(self):
    response = self.client.get("")
    self.assertEquals(response.status_code, 200)

def test_quotes_page_status_code(self):
    response = self.client.get("/quotes/")
    self.assertEquals(response.status_code, 200)

but the traceback was:

======================================================================
FAIL: test_blog_page_status_code (personal_portfolio.tests.PageTest)
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/Users/user/dir/personal_portfolio/tests.py", line 
11, in test_blog_page_status_code
self.assertEqual(response.status_code, 200)
AssertionError: 301 != 200

======================================================================
FAIL: test_portfolio_page_status_code 
(personal_portfolio.tests.PageTest)
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/Users/user/dir/personal_portfolio/tests.py", line 
7, in test_portfolio_page_status_code
self.assertEquals(response.status_code, 200)
AssertionError: 301 != 200

I went to StackOverflow to ask for help and this is what I got:

I told myself, there must be another way to test my code. I tested my patience by reading through the article and stumbled upon TransactionTestCase which inherits from SimpleTestCase to add some database-specific features.

from django.test import TransactionTestCase

class Personal_PortfolioTests(TransactionTestCase):

        def test_home_page_status_code(self):
        response = self.client.get('/')
        self.assertEqual(response.status_code,200)

        def test_portfolio_page_status_code(self):
        response = self.client.get('/portfolio/')
        self.assertEqual(response.status_code,200)

        def test_quotes_page_status_code(self):
        response = self.client.get('/quotes/')
        self.assertEqual(response.status_code,200)

        def test_blog_page_status_code(self):
        response = self.client.get('/blog/')
        self.assertEqual(response.status_code,200)

And viola!

test

Django’s TestCase class is a more commonly used subclass of TransactionTestCase that makes use of database transaction facilities to speed up the process of resetting the database to a known state at the beginning of each test. A consequence of this, however, is that some database behaviors cannot be tested within a Django TestCase class. For instance, you cannot test that a block of code is executing within a transaction, as is required when using select_for_update(). In those cases, you should use TransactionTestCase.

Read more here: https://docs.djangoproject.com/en/2.2/topics/testing/tools/# django.test.TransactionTestCase

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