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How to do JUnit Testing Example

JUnit – Testing
JUnit is a simple Java testing framework to write tests for you Java application. This tutorial gives
you an overview of the features of JUnit and shows a little example how you can write tests for
your Java application.
Sascha Wolski
Sebastian Hennebrueder – Tutorials for Struts, EJB, xdoclet and eclipse.
April, 12 2005
Eclipse 3.x
Junit 2.x
Source code:
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What is JUnit
JUnit is a simple open source Java testing framework used to write and run repeatable automated
tests. It is an instance of the xUnit architecture for unit testing framework. Eclipse supports
creating test cases and running test suites, so it is easy to use for your Java applications.
JUnit features include:
• Assertions for testing expected results
• Test fixtures for sharing common test data
• Test suites for easily organizing and running tests
• Graphical and textual test runners
What is a test case
A test case is a class which holds a number of test methods. For example if you want to test some
methods of a class Book you create a class BookTest which extends the JUnit TestCase class and
place your test methods in there.
How you write and run a simple test
1. Create a subclass of TestCase:
public class BookTest extends TestCase{
2. Write a test method to assert expected results on the object under test:
Note: The naming convention for a test method is testXXX()
public void testCollection() {
Collection collection = new ArrayList();
3. Write a suite() method that uses reflection to dynamically create a test suite containing all the
testXXX() methods:
public static Test suite(){
return new TestSuite(BookTest.class);
4. Activate the JUnit view in Eclipse (Window > Show View > Other.. > Java > JUnit).

You find the JUnit tab near the Package Explorer tab. You can change the position of the tab by
drag and drop it.
5. Right click on the subclass of TestCase and choose Run > JUnit Test to run the test.
Using a test fixture
A test fixture is useful if you have two or more tests for a common set of objects. Using a test
fixture avoids duplicating the test code necessary to initialize and cleanup those common objects
for each test.
To create a test fixture, define a setUp() method that initializes common object and a tearDown()
method to cleanup those objects. The JUnit framework automatically invokes the setUp() method
before a each test is run and the tearDown() method after each test is run.
The following test uses a test fixture:
public class BookTest2 extends TestCase {
private Collection collection;
protected void setUp() {
collection = new ArrayList();
protected void tearDown() {
public void testEmptyCollection(){
Dynamic and static way of running single tests
JUnit supports two ways (static and dynamic) of running single tests.
In static way you override the runTest() method inherited form TestCase class and call the desired
test case. A convenient way to do this is with an anonymous inner class.
Note: Each test must be given a name, so you can identify it if it fails.
TestCase test = new BookTest("equals test") {
public void runTest() {
The dynamic way to create a test case to be run uses reflection to implement runTest. It assumes
the name of the test is the name of the test case method to invoke. It dynamically finds and
invokes the test method. The dynamic way is more compact to write but it is less static type safe.
An error in the name of the test case goes unnoticed until you run it and get a
NoSuchMethodException. We leave the choice of which to use up to you.
TestCast test = new BookTest("testEquals");
What is a TestSuite
If you have two tests and you'll run them together you could run the tests one at a time yourself,
but you would quickly grow tired of that. Instead, JUnit provides an object TestSuite which runs
any number of test cases together. The suite method is like a main method that is specialized to
run tests.
Create a suite and add each test case you want to execute:
public static void suite(){
TestSuite suite = new TestSuite();
suite.addTest(new BookTest("testEquals"));
suite.addTest(new BookTest("testBookAdd"));
return suite;
Since JUnit 2.0 there is an even simpler way to create a test suite, which holds all testXXX()
methods. You only pass the class with the tests to a TestSuite and it extracts the test methods
Note: If you use this way to create a TestSuite all test methods will be added. If you do not want all
test methods in the TestSuite use the normal way to create it.
public static void suite(){
return new TestSuite(BookTest.class);
A little example
Create a new Java project named JUnitExample.
Add a package de.laliluna.tutorial.junitexample where you place the example classes and a
package test.laliluna.tutorial.junitexample where you place your test classes.
The class Book
Create a new class Book in the package de.laliluna.tutorial.junitexample.
Add two properties title of type String and price of type double.
Add a constructor to set the two properties.
Provide a getter- and setter-method for each of them.
Add a method trunk for a method equals(Object object) which checks if the object is an instance of
the class Book and the values of the object are equal. The method return a boolean value.
Note: Do not write the logic of the equals(..) method, we do it after finish creating the test method.
The following source code shows the class Book.
public class Book {
private String title;
private double price;
* Constructor
* @param title
* @param price
public Book(String title,
double price) {
this.title = title;
this.price = price;
* Check if an object is an instance of book
* and the values of title and price are equal
* then return true, otherwise return false
public boolean equals(Object object) {
return false;
public double getPrice() {
return price;
public void setPrice(double price) {
this.price = price;
public String getTitle() {
return title;
public void setTitle(String title) {
this.title = title;
The test case BookTest
Create a new test case BookTest in the package test.laliluna.tutorial.junitexample Right click on
the package and choose New > JUnit Test Case.
In the wizard choose the methods stubs setUp(), tearDown() and constructor().
The following source code shows the class BookTest
public class BookTest extends TestCase {
* setUp() method that initializes common objects
protected void setUp() throws Exception {
* tearDown() method that cleanup the common objects
protected void tearDown() throws Exception {
* Constructor for BookTest.
* @param name
public BookTest(String name) {
Now we want to write a test for the equals(..) method of the class Book. We provide three private
properties, book1, book2 and book3 of type Book.
private Book book1;
private Book book2;
private Book book3;
Within the setUp() method we initializes the three properties with some values. Property book1
and book3 are the same.
protected void setUp() throws Exception {
book1 = new Book("ES", 12.99);
book2 = new Book("The Gate", 11.99);
book3 = new Book("ES", 12.99);
Within the tearDown() method we cleanup the properties:
protected void tearDown() throws Exception {
book1 = null;
book2 = null;
book3 = null;
Now, add a test method testEquals() to the test case. Within the method we use the assertFalse()
method of the JUnit framework to test if the return-value of the equals(..) method is false, because
book1 and book2 are not the same. If the return-value is false the logic of the equals() method is
correct, otherwise there is a logical problem while comparing the objects. We want to test if the
method compares the objects correctly by using the assertTrue() method. Book1 and Book3 are
the same, because both are an instance of the class Book and have the same values.
The following source code shows the testEquals() method:
public void testEquals(){
Writing the logic of the equals() method
We have finished the test and now we can add the logic to the equals() method stub. Open the
class Book and add the logic to the equals() method. First we check if the object given by the
method is an instance of Book. Then compare the properties title and price, if they are equal
return true.
public boolean equals(Object object) {
if (object instanceof Book) {
Book book = (Book) object;
return getTitle().equals(book.getTitle())
&& getPrice() == book.getPrice();
return false;
Create the suite() method
In order to run the test method testEquals() add a method suite() to the class BookTest.
Note: You can also create a separate class where you add the suite() method.
Within the method create a new instance of TestSuite and use the method addTest(..) to add a
test. Here we use the dynamically way to add a test to a TestSuite.
The method looks like the follows:
public static Test suite(){
TestSuite suite = new TestSuite();
suite.addTest(new BookTest("testEquals"));
return suite;
Run the test
After finishing all test methods we want to run the JUnit test case. Right mouse button on the class
BookTest and choose Run As > JUnit Test.
On the JUnit view (Menu Windows -> show view) of Eclipse you can see how many runs, errors
and failures occurred.



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