Running Salesforce unit tests inside namespaces with Gearset

Oli Lane on October 22nd 2016


We’ve talked before about Salesforce testing best-practice, and why automating your unit tests is important. The free unit testing feature in Gearset will already set this automation up for you in just a few clicks, but today we’re pleased to announce an important extension to its functionality: the ability to run tests hidden behind namespaces.

The original iteration of the test runner didn’t run tests within namespaces. This was a conscious choice - often these tests are parts of installed packages. Since these packages sometimes contain a huge number of tests, including them by default would introduce problems with noise in your monitoring job’s results, and could also result in the test run taking a very long time to complete.

Having said that, sometimes you do want to run namespaced tests. Gearset will now help you out with this, by allowing you to select exactly which namespaces you want to include in your daily test run.

When setting up or editing a test monitoring job, you’re now able to specify a list of namespaces to run tests in:

Setting up namespaced unit tests in Gearset

Tests which aren’t inside a namespace will still run. If you don’t want any namespaced tests to run, you can leave the field blank and Gearset will exclude them.

When your monitoring job has run, you’ll be able to see the usual breakdown of successes and failures, with an added column to tell you which namespace a test belongs to:

Viewing namespaced unit tests in Gearset

As always, we’d love your feedback on how we can continue to make Gearset even better. You can reach us at [email protected], or through the in-app chat. You can also add suggestions and comments in our feedback forum.

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