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Re: Testing and Test Driver

From: Raymond Toy <rtoy@google.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2012 09:32:12 -0700
Message-ID: <CAE3TgXE9a7zi1nJHrWp9VOKNuF+g505fXMEAAAmTVinMJr4xDA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Marcus Geelnard <mage@opera.com>
Cc: public-audio@w3.org
On Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 12:17 AM, Marcus Geelnard <mage@opera.com> wrote:

> Den 2012-07-19 01:00:18 skrev Doug Schepers <schepers@w3.org>:
>  Hi, folks-
>>  [snip ;) ]
>> Thoughts?
> Generally, I'm positive to early testing and DFT (design for test)
> methodology. However, the current state of the Web Audio API poses a few
> issues:
> * Much of the signal processing behavior of the audio API is undefined,
> meaning that the majority of semantic tests are currently impossible to
> write based on the spec. Here, writing the tests and writing the spec would
> go hand-in-hand, and can probably only be done successfully by the editor.

Having written some tests, I don't think it needs to be that tightly
coupled to the editor.  Granted, this will cause some delay in updating the
spec, but for the areas that are incomplete, I doubt this adds any
additional time because we all need to come to an agreement on what details
need to be resolved.

> * Generally speaking, writing tests would more often than not require
> changes/additions to the spec (e.g. turning non-normative wording into
> normative text), and I don't really see how we can do that efficiently
> unless the test writers are also spec writers in one way or the other.

Sometime back, I added a small enhancement for biquad nodes.  After writing
the test for that, I just wrote a patch with appropriate text for the
enhancement, and some additional text describing the 7 biquad types and
gave it to Chris Rogers.  He incorporated the changes fairly quickly.

I guess what I'm saying is that we will probably spend a lot more time
deciding on what the tests should actually be testing and whether they're
valid or not than we will on updating the spec to say what we mean.

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