Identifying Apex tests to run using wildcards in sf:deploy

When developing code including tests that builds on a managed package it is typically necessary to exclude the managed package tests from the test runs. For example, the new code might add an additional data constraint that causes a managed package test to fail because its data setup violates the constraint. (There is also the secondary issue that the managed package tests may slow the development cycle if they take many minutes to run.)

The sf:deploy Ant task supports a flag to run all tests or alternatively accepts the names of the test classes to run. If the number of tests involved is small, the latter option works fine. But if you have a large number of tests it starts to become tedious and error prone to maintain the list of tests. This is the same problem that Java projects using the JUnit Ant task face and there the solution is to allow the set of tests that are run to be driven by file name matches in the source tree via the batchtest nested element.

I’ve added this mechanism to the DeployWithXmlReportTask (an extension of sf:deploy) that is available in the force-deploy-with-xml-report-task Google code project. Below is an example of how to use it in a project where all test classes follow the convention of having their file names end in “Test”.

<path id="ant.additions.classpath">
    <fileset dir="ant"/>
<target name="deployAndTestAndReport">
    <delete dir="test-report-xml" quiet="true"/>
    <echo message="deploying to ${sf.username}"/>
        <!-- Run all tests that match the include file name pattern (so avoiding running managed package tests) -->
            <fileset dir="src/classes">
                <include name="*Test.cls"/>

2 thoughts on “Identifying Apex tests to run using wildcards in sf:deploy

  1. This is pretty sweet. Gonna implement it at the Daily Telegraph today… we’re using Hudson as our CI server and a combination of 3rd party packages with our validation rules is breaking things.

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