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Django Testing Guide

Testing web applications has historically been hard. It's even harder to write unit tests that work well when someone integrates your app. This guide aims to provide pointers and best practises for testing your apps and writing portable unit tests.

Writing portable tests

test_urls

Never use test_urls if your don't have a dedicated test template. Someone else may insert {% url %} tags in there (or template tags that do url reversing) causing your unit tests to fail.

Solving specific problems

Testing view classes

Testing view classes through the test.client() can often require you to write lots of views that call the test class. It's often convenient to write a mapper view class that allows you to map a function to a temporary url.

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