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DbUnit vs Kahlan: What are the differences?

DbUnit: A JUnit extension targeted at database-driven projects. It is a JUnit extension (also usable with Ant) targeted at database-driven projects that, among other things, puts your database into a known state between test runs. This is an excellent way to avoid the myriad of problems that can occur when one test case corrupts the database and causes subsequent tests to fail or exacerbate the damage; Kahlan: A full-featured Unit & BDD test framework. It is a full-featured Unit & BDD test framework a la RSpec/JSpec which uses a describe-it syntax and moves testing in PHP one step forward.

DbUnit and Kahlan belong to "Testing Frameworks" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by DbUnit are:

  • Ability to export and import your database data to and from XML datasets
  • Works with very large datasets when used in streaming mode
  • Helps you to verify that your database data match an expected set of values

On the other hand, Kahlan provides the following key features:

  • RSpec/JSpec syntax
  • Code Coverage metrics (xdebug or phpdbg required)
  • Handy stubbing system (mockery or prophecy are no longer needed)

Kahlan is an open source tool with 1K GitHub stars and 54 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Kahlan's open source repository on GitHub.

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What is DbUnit?

It is a JUnit extension (also usable with Ant) targeted at database-driven projects that, among other things, puts your database into a known state between test runs. This is an excellent way to avoid the myriad of problems that can occur when one test case corrupts the database and causes subsequent tests to fail or exacerbate the damage.

What is Kahlan?

It is a full-featured Unit & BDD test framework a la RSpec/JSpec which uses a describe-it syntax and moves testing in PHP one step forward.
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