Machine.Specifications – The alternative nunit


In my last post, I explored xunit as an alternative to MSpec. In this blog post, I’m going to do the same with NUnit. Most people underestimate the power of NUnit. It is a great testing framework that has been around since the early days of .NET and Open Source and is still actively maintained. When it comes to tool integration, NUnit has one major advantage: The Resharper plugin is developed by JetBrains and shipped together with every Resharper release. So everybody which uses NUnit...

Machine.Specifications – The alternative xunit


In my last post, I showed how a Heisenbug can look like to you. In this post, I want to explore the different options I was considering to get rid of some of the pesky things around Machine.Specifications. During the work, I did for Machine.Specifications I asked myself more and more if it is really worth maintaining a whole ecosystem of tools when there are excellent frameworks available in the Open Source world. Why did I even look at alternatives? Why didn’t I just say, that’s it...

Machine.Specifications 0.9.1 released


This is a really quick announcement. I recently released Machine.Specifications 0.9.0. With that release I introduced a breaking change: I disabled the console output capturing by accident. If you are using console outputs in your specs and need to see them then I strongly advise you to upgrade to Machine.Specifications 0.9.1. You only need to upgrade the Machine.Specifications nuget package in your solution. None of the other components are affected. This is the beauty of the new architecture...

Machine.Specifications 0.9.0 released


Today we released the next version of Machine.Specifications. This release implements an important feature to move on in the future. We implemented a complete runner dependency abstraction. What does that mean? Let me take a step back.   The picture above shows the state of Machine.Specifications previous to V0.9.0. The console runner, the resharper runner, the TDnet runner and more were directly dependent upon the same Machine.Specifications version. This means when we release a new...

Machine.Specifications 0.8.3 released


This might seem like a minor release but I personally think is a very good and worthwhile update! The first cool thing in this release is that we have now full AppVeyor support in the console runner. By default the console runner uses auto detection to determine whether it is running under AppVeyor and automatically prints out the necessary outputs for AppVeyor to report the progress, the passed and failed specs and more on the user interface. The auto detection feature uses the...

Machine.Specifications 0.8.2 released


After some short nights we finally managed to stabilize the resharper plugin for Machine.Specifications. The latest stable release is 0.8.2. What has changed?

Fixes specs not being loaded into Resharper
Fixes specs only temporarily shown when base class has tags attribute
Support subject attribute on derived and base class in Resharper Runner

Thanks for the patience! Happy coding

Machine.Specifications 0.8.0 released


I just released the newest stable release of Machine.Specifications. The newest stable release contains the version number 0.8.0. What has changed in this release? Resharper 8.2 support dotCover 2.7 support dotCover 2.0 to 2.2 support dropped Resharper 6.0 to 7.0 support dropped I decided to drop the support for the old versions of dotCover and Resharper. In the future I will only support two versions of Resharper back. Because there is an issue regarding thread appartments with the Resharper 8...

Machine.Specifications & Machine.Specifications.Should 0.7.0 released


I just released the newest stable release of Machine.Specifications. The newest stable release contains the version number 0.7.0. What has changed in this release? There is one big change and in fact this is the only relevant change for the users of the library: The should extensions have been decoupled into its own nuget package! Machine.Specifications used to ship directly with its own ShouldExtensions. This was a bit of a pain for people using other assertion libraries like FluentAssertions...

Machine.Specifications 0.6.2 released


While we are constantly pushing forward the development of Machine.Specifications it can happen that regression occurs especially in the area of the resharper provider and runner. Unfortunately we don’t have integration tests in that area. Apart from the 0.6.0 build we broke the capability of having internal specs or private nested specs. This issue is now addressed and a new release under 0.6.2 is available on nuget. Check it out and provide feedback. So the this release contains the two...

Machine.Specifications 0.6.1 released


Unfortunately while migrating a lot of existing stuff around the nuget packaging scripts I accidentally broke the nuspec file. I’m really sorry for that! So here is the newest release 0.6.1 which addresses the nuget related issues. Happy coding! The latest release contains the following changes: Nuget package adds proper references for .NET 4.0 and 4.5 Nuget package excludes sources I’m planning advance more and more to version 1.0.0. Along the way I will be dropping support for old...

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