We use Fitnesse with tens of project-specific fixtures to design the tests. However, writing the correct test is tedious, because of some trivial errors we make:

  • Syntax errors: unclosed tables, incorrect number of columns in table, unclosed comments, etc.
  • Fixture invocation error: incorrect fixture class/package name, incorrect name of fixture parameter/method, etc.

Those are validated when the test is run, but that's defintely too late. Feedback loop is way toooo long.

Is there any editor that would validate my Fitnesse test as I write it?

  • Don't tell me you've never had this problem with Fitnesse ;-)
    – dzieciou
    Oct 22, 2012 at 20:16
  • I think the answer to the problem is no (no such editor), which still does not resolve my problem. Maybe it would be more fair to ask how would you resolve the problems of long feedback loop when writing Fit tests?
    – dzieciou
    Nov 15, 2012 at 6:49

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Have you tried using the fitness-editor plugin for Eclipse?

If your team maintain the fitness source alongside the project source code using some sort of version control, Eclipse will also let you manage the changes and commits more effectively.

Theres also a plugin for intelij (fitnesse4idea) and for the particularlly adventurous a syntax highligher script for vim

  • Thank you! I see those tools do syntax highlighting, so it might help a bit to eliminate some syntax errors. Do they also validate Fixture invocation? Or provide autocomplete functionality for Fixture invocation?
    – dzieciou
    Oct 28, 2012 at 9:14
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    Not that I know of, even in the case of the eclipse plugin, the text based DSL isn't validated against the java annotations/methods that deliver that functionality. It does support some auto complete, but it isn't as rich as it could be. I would imagine this is true for the vim, and probable for the IntelliJ plugin too. Oct 28, 2012 at 10:12

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