ut VS doctest

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ut doctest
7 15
914 4,218
3.7% 3.3%
6.9 8.5
19 days ago about 19 hours ago
C++ C++
Boost Software License 1.0 MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of ut. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-09-05.
  • [C++20] New way of meta-programming?
    5 projects | reddit.com/r/cpp | 5 Sep 2022
    https://github.com/boost-ext/ut (for better user interface when defining tests without macros)
  • Getting started with Boost in 2022
    5 projects | reddit.com/r/cpp | 14 Apr 2022
    https://github.com/boost-ext/ut from Kris Jusiak is worth checking
  • How to unit test
    8 projects | reddit.com/r/cpp_questions | 9 Feb 2022
  • Calculate Your Code Performance
    5 projects | dev.to | 23 Oct 2021
    C++: C++ has quite a number of benchmarking libraries some of the recent ones involving C++ 20's flexibility. The most notable being Google Bench and UT. C does not have many specific benchmarking libraries, but you can easily integrate C code with C++ benchmarking libraries in order to test the performance of your C code.
  • Benchmarking Code
    6 projects | dev.to | 19 Oct 2021
  • Another C++ unit testing framework without macros
    6 projects | reddit.com/r/cpp | 16 Apr 2021
    By Boost.UI you mean this?
    6 projects | reddit.com/r/cpp | 16 Apr 2021
    In Boost.UT there is a number of different styles to add a parametrized test case. All of them are pretty cryptic bue to heavy isage of oeverloaded operators of custom "non-public" classes. Except for the for-loop method, in all other methods the list of parameter values goes after the test procedure definition. I find this inconvenient, as I want to see list of parameter value next to the test name. This is what I used to from the times I was coding a lot of unit tests in C#.


Posts with mentions or reviews of doctest. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-05-17.
  • Testing framework Catch2 3.0 final released
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/cpp | 17 May 2022
    Keep in mind https://github.com/doctest/doctest/issues/554. Also, doctest lacks: - Matchers - Data generators - Benchmarking - ...
  • The Lisp Curse
    11 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 25 Mar 2022
    I like working in C++, after a decade of working in Java, Python, Javascript and Clojure, I find working in C++ (which I learned before these other languages) to be quite fun and pleasant, at least with relatively modern C++.

    I've been, on and off, working on a little toy game engine, for a few years. Its a mix of keeping up with C++ advancements, learning various concepts like physically based rendering, and just the fun of crafting a big project, with no constraints other than my time and ability, no deadlines, no expectation of releasing anything. Its cathartic and enjoyable. I really do enjoy it.

    Last September, I got frustrated with something I was working on in a more serious capacity. It was some server software, it responded to HTTP requests, it accessed third party services over HTTP and Websockets, it talked to a Postgres database. Overall it was an event driven system that transformed data and generated actions that would be applied by talking to third party services. The "real" version was written in Clojure and it worked pretty well. I really like Clojure, so all good.

    But because I was frustrated with some things about how it ran and the resources it took up, I wondered what it would be like if I developed a little lean-and-mean version in C++. So I gave it a try as a side project for a few weeks. I used doctest[1] for testing, immer[2] for Clojure-like immutable data structures, [3] lager for Elm-like application state and logic management, Crow[4] for my HTTP server, ASIO[5] and websocketpp[6] for Websockets, cpp-httplib[7] as a HTTP client and PGFE[8] for Postgres, amongst some other little utility libraries. I also wrote it in a Literate Programming style using Entangled[9], which helped me keep everything well documented and explained.

    For the most part, it worked pretty well. Using immer and lager helped keep the logic safe and to the point. The application started and ran very quickly and used very little cpu or memory. However, as the complexity grew, especially when using template heavy libraries like lager, or dealing with complex things like ASIO, it became very frustrating to deal with errors. Template errors even on clang became incomprehensible and segmentation faults when something wasn't quite right became pretty hard to diagnose. I had neither of these problems working on my game engine, but both became issues on this experiment. After a few weeks, I gave up on it. I do think I could have made it work and definitely could go back and simplify some of the decisions I made to make it more manageable, but ultimately, it was more work than I had free time to dedicate to it.

    So my experience was that, yes, you can write high level application logic for HTTP web backends in C++. You can even use tools like immer or lager to make it feel very functional-programming in style and make the application logic really clean. Its not hard to make it run efficiently both in terms of running time and memory usage, certainly when comparing to Clojure or Python. However, I found that over all, it just wasn't as easy or productive as either of those languages and I spent more time fighting the language deficiencies, even with modern C++, than I do when using Clojure or Python.

    I think I would think very long and hard before seriously considering writing a web backend in C++. If I had the time, I'd love to retry the experiment but using Rust, to see how it compares.

    [1] https://github.com/doctest/doctest

    [2] https://github.com/arximboldi/immer

    [3] https://github.com/arximboldi/lager

    [4] https://github.com/CrowCpp/crow

    [5] https://think-async.com/Asio/

    [6] https://www.zaphoyd.com/projects/websocketpp/

    [7] https://github.com/yhirose/cpp-httplib

    [8] https://github.com/dmitigr/pgfe

    [9] https://entangled.github.io/

  • C++17 python like print function
    4 projects | reddit.com/r/embedded | 9 Mar 2022
    For stuff like this which is very easy to test (very predefined input vs output), I highly suggest using some testing framework. Catch2 is great, but there is also doctest and good ole googletest. If you do this, it would also be a great intro to CI, where you do some plumbing on github or gitlab where every commit causes a build to happen on their servers and run through the unit tests, and if it passes it gets merged into master.
  • How to unit test
    8 projects | reddit.com/r/cpp_questions | 9 Feb 2022
    doctest is my favorite framework. Really simple to use, header only, supports compile-time tests, lots of features and it works well with cmake.
    8 projects | reddit.com/r/cpp_questions | 9 Feb 2022
    I haven't used it, but I've heard that doctest is also quite good: https://github.com/doctest/doctest
  • Unit testing and mocking for c++
    6 projects | reddit.com/r/cpp | 19 Oct 2021
    I usually use doctest with trompeloeil.
  • Best IDE For C++ OpenGL?
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/opengl | 14 Sep 2021
    I use doctest for unit testing.
  • Python 3 Types in the Wild: A Tale of Two Type Systems [pdf]
    6 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 14 Apr 2021
    Even aside from deliberate backwards-compatibility breaks in the standard, compilers sometimes break compatibility. Both MSVC and GCC 11 have changed their header file transitive includes within the past few years, causing projects (like doctest and Qt5) to stop compiling because they forgot to include headers, which built fine in the past but not anymore. IDK if it's "very common", but it's definitely happening in the wild.

    MSVC: https://github.com/onqtam/doctest/issues/183


    - https://invent.kde.org/qt/qt/qtbase/-/commit/8252ef5fc6d0430...

    - https://invent.kde.org/qt/qt/qtbase/-/commit/cb2da673f53815a...

  • Resurse C/C++?
    8 projects | reddit.com/r/programare | 8 Apr 2021
  • Any good unit testing libraries for C++?
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/cpp_questions | 2 Apr 2021

What are some alternatives?

When comparing ut and doctest you can also consider the following projects:

Catch - A modern, C++-native, test framework for unit-tests, TDD and BDD - using C++14, C++17 and later (C++11 support is in v2.x branch, and C++03 on the Catch1.x branch)

Google Test - GoogleTest - Google Testing and Mocking Framework

Google Mock

CppUTest - CppUTest unit testing and mocking framework for C/C++

Boost.Test - The reference C++ unit testing framework (TDD, xUnit, C++03/11/14/17)

benchmark - A microbenchmark support library

Unity Test API - Simple Unit Testing for C

CppUnit - C++ port of JUnit

UnitTest++ - A lightweight unit testing framework for C++

FakeIt - C++ mocking made easy. A simple yet very expressive, headers only library for c++ mocking.

trompeloeil - Header only C++14 mocking framework