JUnit 4 Showcase – Parameterized Tests

A very interesting feature is the usage of parameterized tests to save us of the trouble of repetitive test code and automatically call test cases using predefined collection of test data.

Everything starts with the @RunWith(Parameterized.class) annotation that needs to be applied on the test class this time. A special public static method annotated as @Parameters signals the collection of test data. This set will be called by JUnit behind the scenes once per each data set calling the constructor for the creation of a new test class. The constructor should allocate this collection of test data into encapsulated members. These members would be used by the @Test annotated methods performing the test cases.

An example would look like this:

package com.dimitrisli.junitshowcase.parameterizedTest;

import java.util.Arrays;
import java.util.Collection;

import junit.framework.Assert;

import org.junit.Test;
import org.junit.runner.RunWith;
import org.junit.runners.Parameterized;
import org.junit.runners.Parameterized.Parameters;

public class ParameterizedTesting {

	public static Collection<?> data(){
		return Arrays.asList(new Object[][]{
	private int a;
	private int b;
	private int result;
	public ParameterizedTesting(int a, int b, int result){
		this.a = a;
		this.b = b;
		this.result = result;
	public void multiplicationCalculation(){
		int calcResult = a*b;
		System.out.println("a="+a+", b="+b+". Expected result= "+result+", and calculated result= "+calcResult);
		Assert.assertEquals(result, calcResult);

that yields back the result:

a=2, b=3. Expected result= 6, and calculated result= 6
a=3, b=4. Expected result= 12, and calculated result= 12
a=4, b=5. Expected result= 20, and calculated result= 20
a=5, b=6. Expected result= 30, and calculated result= 30
a=6, b=7. Expected result= 42, and calculated result= 42

This code can be found in this Github repository.


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