Forum: Ruby rcov 0.3.0 (code coverage tool): happier Rails

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Mauricio F. (Guest)
on 2006-05-05 13:44
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Source code, additional information, screenshots... available at
    http://eigenclass.org/hiki.rb?rcov
Release information:
    http://eigenclass.org/hiki.rb?rcov+0.3.0

If you're on win32, you can also find a pre-built rcovrt.so (which makes
code coverage analysis >100 times faster) in the above-mentioned pages.

Overview
--------
rcov is a tool for simple code coverage analysis in Ruby. It features:
* fast execution: 20-300 times faster than previous tools
* multiple analysis modes
* more accurate coverage information through code linkage inference
using
  simple heuristics
* XHTML, plain text, ANSI-escaped text outputs
* convenient interface
* colorblind-friendliness

What's new in 0.3.0
-------------------
A change summary can be found at
http://eigenclass.org/hiki.rb?rcov+0.3.0

Even shorter summary:

rcov 0.3.0 introduces a number of features that simplify the analysis of
Rails
applications.

The new code coverage analysis mode, --test-unit-only, records
exclusively code
executed inside Test::Unit::TestCase(s). Another important addition is
the
ability to detect aliased source files: this was very needed to analyze
Rails
apps, where a file could get loaded under several different names, due
to the
extensive usage of #require with relative paths.

Features
    * --exclude-only
    * consolidate multiple references to the same underlying .rb file
      (much needed for Rails)
    * --test-unit-only
Fixes
    * consider and/op operators
    * honor --no-color in (rich) text mode
    * output valid XHTML indices


Thanks (do tell if I forgot to list your name)
------

Tom Dolbilin:
 * identified and fixed backslash problem on win32 for generated
filenames

Andrew K.:
* made the index XHTML compliant
* consolidate multiple references to the same underlying .rb file

Robert F.:
* pointed me to dynamic uses of the tracing hooks, provided the
inspiration
  for RCOV__.run_hooked


Downloading
-----------

The last version is available at
  http://eigenclass.org/hiki.rb?rcov


How do I use it? What does it look like?
----------------------------------------

Just use rcov to run your program (instead of ruby), and a number of
XHTML
files with the code coverage information will be generated, e.g.

 rcov test/*.rb

will execute all the .rb files under test/ and generate the code
coverage report
under coverage/. rcov can also operate in "bogo-profiling mode"
and output the relevant information in alternative formats (for the time
being, plain text with execution count annotations and colored text).
Use
 rcov -h
for more information.


Sample output
-------------

See http://eigenclass.org/hiki.rb?rcov (once again) for screenshots.
The (undecorated) textual output with execution count information looks
like this:

 $ rcov --no-html -t b.rb
 ================================================================================
 ./b.rb
 ================================================================================
                                                                       |
2
 a, b, c = (1..3).to_a                                                 |
2
 10.times do                                                           |
1
   a += 1                                                              |
10
   20.times do |i|                                                     |
10
     b += i                                                            |
200
     b.times do                                                        |
200
       c += (j = (b-a).abs) > 0 ? j : 0                                |
738800
     end                                                               |
0
   end                                                                 |
0
 end                                                                   |
0


License
-------
rcov is released under the terms of Ruby's license.
rcov includes xx 0.1.0, which is subject to the following conditions:

ePark Labs Public License version 1
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All rights reserved.

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