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From: Sohail Somani (sohail_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-06-27 16:04:53

Robert Ramey wrote:
> Sohail Somani wrote:
>> Daryle Walker wrote:
>> Should I
>>> use a text format (plain and/or XML) with a string-stream
>>> source/sink so I can check by reading? Should I make up a string of
>>> a text archive and have my routine try reading it?
>> Never use anything except what you will use in production. If you are
>> using binary, then use the binary archives to write to a buffer.
> Hmm - my view is the opposite - test everything.
> The serialization library tests are setup so that all archive classes
> are tested against all serializable types. This has been referred
> to as the "carpet bombing" approach. Crude? true, Effective?
> pretty much.

Yeah, that totally came out wrong. I meant to say that you should
*atleast* test what you are using in production. I don't know that it
makes sense for applications to test each archive if they don't use it
but if it isn't too much work, why not?


Sohail Somani

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