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Jasmine vs SuperTest: What are the differences?

  1. Syntax: Jasmine uses a behavior-driven development (BDD) syntax that focuses on writing human-readable test specifications using keywords like describe, it, and expect. On the other hand, SuperTest uses a more traditional syntax that follows the express.js framework, where requests are sent using the get, post, put, etc. methods.

  2. Testing Scope: Jasmine is primarily designed for unit testing and is suitable for testing individual functions, classes, or modules within an application. SuperTest, on the other hand, is designed for integration testing and is used to test the entire end-to-end functionality of an application, including the HTTP routes and endpoints.

  3. Framework Compatibility: Jasmine is a testing framework that can be used with various JavaScript frameworks like Angular, React, and Node.js, whereas SuperTest is a testing library specifically designed for Node.js and Express applications, making it the preferred choice for testing HTTP servers built with Express.

  4. Testing Approach: Jasmine follows a traditional testing approach where tests are written as separate files and executed using a test runner. SuperTest, on the other hand, integrates testing within the application code itself by using middleware, allowing the tests to be seamlessly executed alongside the application.

  5. Assertions and Expectations: Jasmine provides a comprehensive set of assertion functions and matchers that enable developers to check the expected behavior of their code. SuperTest, on the other hand, relies on the expect library for assertions, which provides a more minimalist set of assertion methods.

  6. HTTP Requests: SuperTest is specifically designed for testing HTTP requests and provides built-in methods like get, post, put, etc., which allow developers to easily simulate and test different types of HTTP requests. Jasmine does not have built-in support for making HTTP requests and requires additional libraries or frameworks to handle the HTTP requests.

In Summary, Jasmine is a behavior-driven testing framework primarily used for unit testing, while SuperTest is a library designed for integration testing of Node.js and Express applications, specifically focusing on testing HTTP endpoints.

Decisions about Jasmine and SuperTest

We use Mocha for our FDA verification testing. It's integrated into Meteor, our upstream web application framework. We like how battle tested it is, its' syntax, its' options of reporters, and countless other features. Most everybody can agree on mocha, and that gets us half-way through our FDA verification and validation (V&V) testing strategy.

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Pros of Jasmine
Pros of SuperTest
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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
  • 14
    No dependencies, not even DOM
  • 10
    Easy to setup
  • 8
  • 3
    Created by Pivotal-Labs
  • 2
    Works with KarmaJs
  • 1
    Jasmine is faster than selenium in angular application
  • 1
    SpyOn to fake calls
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    Async and promises are easy calls with "done"
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      Unfriendly error logs
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      What is 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.

      What is 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.

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        What are some alternatives to Jasmine and SuperTest?
        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.
        Jest provides you with multiple layers on top of Jasmine.
        Karma is not a testing framework, nor an assertion library. Karma just launches a HTTP server, and generates the test runner HTML file you probably already know from your favourite testing framework. So for testing purposes you can use pretty much anything you like.
        JavaScript is most known as the scripting language for Web pages, but used in many non-browser environments as well such as node.js or Apache CouchDB. It is a prototype-based, multi-paradigm scripting language that is dynamic,and supports object-oriented, imperative, and functional programming styles.
        Git is a free and open source distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency.
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