Why did I stop using JUnit?

What’s my issue?

For most of my private & work projects, I mostly use Kotlin. I can’t imagine code without tests. Until last year I have been using JUnit 5 for testing my applications. It works okay. Frequent usage gives it a ton of examples all over the Internet.

Still, you can feel that it’s a little bit clumsy. Especially when you create parameterized tests, you need to use a whole bunch of annotations & write arguments generators. Using it with Kotlin feels like a step back to over-verbose Java code.

The solution

Thanks to my colleagues, I discovered that testing Kotlin apps can be better. They introduced me to Kotest. No need to use annotations. Multiple flexible styles of writing tests in pure Kotlin. Out-of-the-box support for property-based testing. Just take a look at this example:

Why should you try it?

Besides that Kotest is clean & flexible, it has a vast list of useful perks, like:

Give it a try next time you’re starting a new Kotlin project. If you want to know more about Kotest, check out this list of articles.

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