Test a simple function

The Ballerina language has a built-in robust test framework, which allows you to achieve multiple levels of the test pyramid including, unit testing, integration testing, and end-to-end testing. It provides assertions, data providers, mocking, and code coverage features, which enable the programmers to write comprehensive tests.

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To get started, let’s set up the Ballerina package to run tests.

  1. Create a Ballerina package with the bal new command as follows.

    bal new hello_world
  2. Create a directory in the root directory of the package named tests in which the test files will be stored.

  3. Create the following function in the main.bal file.

     public function intAdd(int a, int b) returns (int) {
         return a + b;
  4. In the main_test.bal file, make use of the test module to test out the functionality of the intAdd function in the main.bal file.

     import ballerina/test;
     @test:Config {}
     function intAddTest() {
         test:assertEquals(intAdd(1, 3), 4);
  5. Execute the tests using the following command.

    $ bal test

    Then you can see the output as follows.

    Compiling source
    Running Tests
                    [pass] intAddTest
                    1 passing
                    0 failing
                    0 skipped