Test::Skeleton::Generator - Create a skeleton for a test file based on an existing module



 generate_perl_test_skeleton -p ./lib/ -t t/test.t

Or from another script/module:

 use Test::Skeleton::Generator;
 my $generator = Test::Skeleton::Generator->new( {
     package_file => './lib/Some/',
     skip_private_methods => 1,
 } );
 my $test_file_content = $generator->get_test;


Test::Skeleton::Generator is supposed to be used from within your editor to quickly generate skeletons/stubs for a test file that is will test the module you are currently working on.

So suppose you are working on the file ./lib/Foo/ which hasn't got any tests yet. Now you simply press a keyboard shortcut or click an icon (if you really have to) and your editor will simply call perl like in the SYNOPSIS above to generate a .t file in your ./t/ directory. You don't have to write the boiler-plate code yourself.

Basically, there are two ways to use this module:

The simplest way to use this module is from the command line. Simply use the distributed script generate_perl_test_skeleton. See its documentation for more details.

But if you find it useful, you can also use it from another script or module which will give you more option and lets you handle the content of the future test file yourself.

Generated Code

The code generated by this module, basically looks like this:

 use Test::Most;

     use_ok( 'Your::Module' );



 sub get_object {
     return Your::Module->new( @_ );

 sub test_sub1 {
     can_ok 'Your::Module', 'sub1';

 sub test_sub2 {
     can_ok 'Your::Module', 'sub2';

So for each subroutine in your original module, you get a subroutine in the generated test code that is supposed to test the original sub's code. You also get a function that I find very handy, that you can call to get an object instance of your package. I should probably add an option to Test::Skeletion::Generator to suppress the generation of that sub. But you can also simply delete it, of course.


Test::StubGenerator is a module that is very similar to this one. It uses PPI to analyze a given module and it will then generate a test stub. It even has an option to run Perl::Tidy on the generated test code. The only thing I don't like about it is that it won't generate a test subroutine for each subroutine in the module.


Copyright (C) Manni Heumann.

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.


Manni Heumann <>