Lettuce recipe: Using nose for pretty assertionsΒΆ

Lettuce uses python’s builtin exception AssertionError to mark tests as failed.

Although in order to describe the assertion with a custom string you would need to do something like:

from lettuce import step

@step('some step with "(.*)"'):
def some_step(step, from):
    assert from == 'expectation', \
        "Ooops, '%s' should be equal 'expectation', but isn't" % from

nose is a python module that provides a set of assert functions that already have a nice description, and fortunately it still uses AssertionError, which makes nose totally compliant with lettuce.

The example below shows how the step above could be written taking advantage of nose:

from lettuce import step
from nose.tools import assert_equals

@step('some step with "(.*)"'):
def some_step(step, from):
    assert_equals(from, 'expectation')

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