Testing your code can be painful and tedious, but it greatly increases the quality of your code. testthat tries to make testing as fun as possible, so that you get a visceral satisfaction from writing tests. Testing should be addictive, so you do it all the time. To make that happen, testthat:
Provides functions that make it easy to describe what you expect a function to do, including catching errors, warnings, and messages.
Easily integrates in your existing workflow, whether it’s informal testing on the command line, building test suites, or using R CMD check.
Displays test progress visually, showing a pass, fail, or error for every expectation. If you’re using the terminal or a recent version of RStudio, it’ll even colour the output.
testthat is the most popular unit testing package for R and is used by thousands of CRAN packages.
The easiest way to get started is with usethis. Assuming you’re in a package directory, just run
usethis::use_test("name") to create a test file, and set up all the other infrastructure you need. If you’re using RStudio, press Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + T (or run
devtools::test() if not) to run all the tests in a package.