This article is fairly old and probably contains information that is no longer relevant. Read with care!
Researching a little bit more about automated testing tools led to the discovery of a metric called ‘Code Coverage’, a statistic that gives you a percentage of how much of your code executed during a certain period of time (usually while your automated test was executing).
Screenshot Example of running the tool at yahoo.com
- Mozilla Firefox
- Firebug Extension for Mozilla Firefox
- Does not include statistics on anonymous functions.
- Is limited to function (entry) code coverage, does not include other forms such as exit, statement, condition, or path code coverage. (Description: Wikipedia)
- Is my first Firefox add-on, so there was a learning curve involved.
- Automated integration with Selenium IDE (one button to run tests and do code coverage)
- Better display of results, instead of a big kludge of function names
- Additional types of coverage, depending on what options are available from jsdIDebuggerService
Update: After many requests and much self deliberation, I have decided not to update the plugin to work with newer versions of Firefox. Code Coverage doesn’t belong in the browser, it’s just the wrong place in the tool chain to have something like this. Code Coverage results need to be exportable, and the utility must be executable from the command line to use with unit tests and continuous integration.