Output Utilities

Tests Output Utilities

Sometimes you will need to produce output from your tests and you can do so elegantly via some functions we have provided that are available in your test bundles:

Method

Comment

console()

Send output to the console

debug()

Send output to the TestBox reporter debugger

clearDebugBuffer()

Clear the debugger

print()

Send output to the ColdFusion output buffer

printLn()

Same as print() but adding a <br> separator

These are great little utilities that are needed to send output to several locations from within your tests.

Hint: Please note that the debug() method does NOT do deep copies by default.

console( myResults );
debug( myData );
debug( myData, true );
debug( var=myData, top=5 );
print( "Running This Test with #params.toString()#" );
println( "Running This Test with #params.toString()#" );

Request Output Utilities

Sometimes you need to dump something that is in the CFC you are testing or maybe an asynchronous test. The aforementioned methods are only accessible from your test bundle, so getting to the TestBox output utilities is not easy.

Since version 4.0 we have implemented the testing utilities into the request scope as request.testbox. Which will give you access to all the same output utilities:

Method

Comment

console()

Send output to the console

debug()

Send output to the TestBox reporter debugger

clearDebugBuffer()

Clear the debugger

print()

Send output to the ColdFusion output buffer

printLn()

Same as print() but adding a <br> separator

request.testbox.console( "I am here" )
request.testbox.debug( "why is this not running" )