Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Continuous testing using Fireworks

This past weekend I installed the Fireworks plugin for IntelliJ IDEA. Fireworks will periodically check your source directories and if anything changed, will run all the tests (after recompilation) without you, the developer, having to initiate the test runner. There are some things that I'd like to see different in the plugin (e.g. the ability to exclude integration tests from continuous build), but overall, it's a worthwhile tool for the arsenal. One other gripe is that Fireworks pops up the compilation dialog. I think I can actually get this to work in the background by tweaking an IntelliJ preference. You can still use the test runner within IntelliJ; Fireworks just ensures that you're running tests more often. Thumbs up!

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