Property based Testing for Domain Models

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Debasish Ghosh describes the benefits of property based testing compared to traditional xUnit style testing. He advocates to use libraries like ScalaCheck ((Similar libraries are available for many programming languages; cf. where only the property to satisfy by the production code is described and the library generates the test data to check the property with:

I don’t need to construct concrete data by hand (in fact this is what makes xUnit based frameworks a sophisticated manual testing system - it only automates the execution part of your testing).


property(“Enrichment of a trade should result in netvalue > 0”) {
forAll((a: Trade) =>
enrichTrade(a).netAmount.get should be > (BigDecimal(0)))

This method shifts writing test from how to test to what to test.