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Alternatives to Mocha

Jasmine, Jest, Chai, Cypress, and SinonJS are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Mocha.
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What is Mocha and what are its top alternatives?

Mocha is a feature-rich JavaScript test framework running on node.js and the browser, making asynchronous testing simple and fun. Mocha tests run serially, allowing for flexible and accurate reporting, while mapping uncaught exceptions to the correct test cases.
Mocha is a tool in the Javascript Testing Framework category of a tech stack.
Mocha is an open source tool with 20.9K GitHub stars and 2.9K GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Mocha's open source repository on GitHub

Top Alternatives to Mocha

  • Jasmine

    Jasmine

    Jasmine is a Behavior Driven Development testing framework for JavaScript. It does not rely on browsers, DOM, or any JavaScript framework. Thus it's suited for websites, Node.js projects, or anywhere that JavaScript can run. ...

  • Jest

    Jest

    Jest provides you with multiple layers on top of Jasmine.

  • Chai

    Chai

    It is a BDD / TDD assertion library for node and the browser that can be delightfully paired with any javascript testing framework. It has several interfaces that allow the developer to choose the most comfortable. The chain-capable BDD styles provide an expressive language & readable style, while the TDD assert style provides a more classical feel. ...

  • Cypress

    Cypress

    Cypress is a front end automated testing application created for the modern web. Cypress is built on a new architecture and runs in the same run-loop as the application being tested. As a result Cypress provides better, faster, and more reliable testing for anything that runs in a browser. Cypress works on any front-end framework or website. ...

  • SinonJS

    SinonJS

    It is a really helpful library when you want to unit test your code. It supports spies, stubs, and mocks. The library has cross browser support and also can run on the server using Node.js. ...

  • SuperTest

    SuperTest

    It is a super-agent driven library for testing node.js HTTP servers using a fluent API. It provides a high-level abstraction for testing HTTP, while still allowing you to drop down to the lower-level API provided by superagent. ...

  • Protractor

    Protractor

    Protractor is an end-to-end test framework for Angular and AngularJS applications. Protractor runs tests against your application running in a real browser, interacting with it as a user would. ...

  • Enzyme

    Enzyme

    Enzyme is a JavaScript Testing utility for React that makes it easier to assert, manipulate, and traverse your React Components' output. ...

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Jasmine

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DOM-less simple JavaScript testing framework
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PROS OF JASMINE
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    Can also be used for tdd
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    Open source
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    Originally from RSpec
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    Great community
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    No dependencies, not even DOM
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    Easy to setup
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    Simple
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    Created by Pivotal-Labs
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    Works with KarmaJs
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    Async and promises are easy calls with "done"
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    Jasmine is faster than selenium in angular application
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    SpyOn to fake calls
CONS OF JASMINE
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    Unfriendly error logs

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CEO at Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) · | 6 upvotes · 115.8K views

For our internal team and collaboration panel we use Nuxt.js (with TypeScript that is transpiled into ES6), Webpack and npm. We enjoy the opinionated nature of Nuxt.js over vanilla Vue.js, as we would end up using all of the components Nuxt.js incorporates anyways and we can adhere to the conventions setup by the Nuxt.js project, which allows us to get better support in case we run into any dead ends. Webpack allows us to create reproducable builds and also debug our application with hot reloads, which greately increased the pace at which we are able to perform and test changes. We also incorporated a lot of testing (ESLint, Chai, Jasmine, Nightwatchjs) into our pipelines and can trigger those jobs through GitLab CI. All packages are fetched through npm, so that we can keep our git repositories slim and are notified of new updates aswell as reported security flaws.

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Sai Chaitanya Mankala
Tech Lead at KIOT Innovations · | 5 upvotes · 37.3K views

Protractor or Cypress for ionic-angular?

We have a huge ionic-angular app with almost 100 pages and 10+ injectables. There are no tests written yet. Before we start, we need some suggestions about the framework. Would you suggest Cypress or Angular's Protractor with Jasmine / Karma for a heavy ionic app with Angular?

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Jest

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Painless JavaScript Unit Testing
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PROS OF JEST
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    Open source
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    Mock by default makes testing much simpler
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    Testing React Native Apps
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    Parallel test running
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    Fast
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    Bundled with JSDOM to enable DOM testing
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    Mock by default screws up your classes, breaking tests
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    Out of the box code coverage
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    One stop shop for unit testing
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    Promise support
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    Great documentation
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    Built in watch option with interactive filtering menu
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    Preset support
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    Assert Library Included
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    Can be used for BDD
CONS OF JEST
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    Documentation
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    Ambiguous configuration
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    Multiple error messages for same error
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    Difficult to run single test/describe/file
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    Ambiguous
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    Many bugs still not fixed months/years after reporting
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    Difficult
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    Bugged
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    Reporter is too general
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    BeforeAll timing out makes all passing tests fail
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    Unstable
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    Bad docs
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    Still does't support .mjs files natively
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    Can't fail beforeAll to abort tests
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    Interaction with watch mode on terminal

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Chai

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      For our internal team and collaboration panel we use Nuxt.js (with TypeScript that is transpiled into ES6), Webpack and npm. We enjoy the opinionated nature of Nuxt.js over vanilla Vue.js, as we would end up using all of the components Nuxt.js incorporates anyways and we can adhere to the conventions setup by the Nuxt.js project, which allows us to get better support in case we run into any dead ends. Webpack allows us to create reproducable builds and also debug our application with hot reloads, which greately increased the pace at which we are able to perform and test changes. We also incorporated a lot of testing (ESLint, Chai, Jasmine, Nightwatchjs) into our pipelines and can trigger those jobs through GitLab CI. All packages are fetched through npm, so that we can keep our git repositories slim and are notified of new updates aswell as reported security flaws.

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      React LoopBack Node.js ExpressJS Elasticsearch Kibana Logstash Sequelize Mocha Chai Visual Studio Code are the combo of technologies being used by me to build BestPrice Extension with all its micro-services & Web-based fragments

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      Cypress

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      When testing is easy, developers build better things faster and with confidence.
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      PROS OF CYPRESS
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        Open source
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        Great documentation
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        Fast
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        Simple usage
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        Cross Browser testing
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        Easy us with CI
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        Npm install cypress only
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        Good for beginner automation engineers
      CONS OF CYPRESS
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        Cypress is weak at cross-browser testing
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        Switch tabs : Cypress can'nt support
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        No iFrame support
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        No file upload support
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        No xPath support
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        No multiple domain support
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        No page object support
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        Re-run failed tests retries not supported yet
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        Cypress doesn't support native app
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        No support for multiple tab control
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        No support for multiple browser control
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        No support for Safari
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        $20/user/thread for reports
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        Not freeware
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        Adobe
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        No 'WD wire protocol' support
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        Using a non-standard automation protocol

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      SinonJS

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        More concepts than Jest
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        Less questions and answers on StackOverflow than Jest

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              I use both mocha and Jest because:

              • I don't care whether teams use Jest or Mocha. But jest is way too overhyped. Most devs are writing integration tests and think that it's so much better but frankly I don't write integration tests as the way to get both design feedback and confidence when I code. I adhere to the test pyramid, not ice cream cone or the dumb "trophy"

              • I TDD, so I only ever use the "API" of test frameworks. I don't do a lot of integration tests for TDD and all the bells and whistles Jest provides you from the command-line I just don't need. And I certainly do not care about or touch Jest Snapshots, I despise them

              • My tests are fast enough because I write isolated tests with TDD, so I don't run into performance issues. Example: I write my tests in a way that I can run 300 tests in literally 1 second with mocha. So the Jest ability to pinpoint and only run those tests which are affected by code changes. I want to run all of them every time when I TDD. It's a different mindset when you TDD

              • I also mainly code in IntelliJ or WebStorm because I feel the tools in that IDE far surpass VSCode and I also love running the test UI runner in it vs. lousy command-line

              • I feel both mocha and Jest read just fine in terms of code readability. Jest might have shorter assertion syntax but I don't really care. I just care that I can read the damn test and my tests are written well and my test descriptions, as well as the code itself including constants represent business language, not technical. I care most about BDD, clean code, 4 rules of simple design, and SOLID

              • I don't like using mock frameworks so no I don't use Jest's Mocking framework. I don't have to mock a lot in my tests due to the nature of how I strive to code...I keep my design simple and modular using principals such as clean code and 4 rules of simple design. If I must mock, I create very simple custom mocks with JS

              • On the contrary to the belief that integration tests and mount are the way to go (this belief drives me absolutely crazy, especially Dodd's promoting that), I TDD with shallow & enzyme. My tests are simple. My design is driven by my tests and my tests give me quick and useful feedback. I have a course I'm working on coming out soon on TDD with React to show you how to truly test the FE and why the ice cream cone and trophy suck (you're being scammed people). Watch for that here: https://twitter.com/DaveSchinkel/status/1062267649235791873

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