#StackBounty: #python #python-3.x #parsing #unit-testing #pandas Pytest fixture for testing a vertex-parsing function

Bounty: 50

I have just started using pytest and I am still getting used to how they do things. It seems like fixtures are at the core of the library, and that they can be used for making small pieces of dummy data that will get reused. I see that there are other methods for handling large dummy data. I have the following test code which tests a module I wrote called generate_kml.

import pytest
import generate_kml as gk
import pandas

def line_record():
    return pandas.Series({gk.DB_VERTICES: "LINESTRING(1.1 1.1,2.2 2.2)"})

def test_convert_wkt_to_coords(line_record):
    expected = pandas.Series({gk.DB_VERTICES: [("1.1", "1.1"), ("2.2", "2.2")]})
    assert gk.convert_wkt_vertices_to_coords(line_record).equals(expected)

I am wondering if this is the way fixtures are meant to be used; to set up small reused data. (I plan to use the line_record multiple times in the test file). Additionally, I am wondering about the readability or redundancy of assigning the expected value to expected. If I directly compared the two Series, the line would exceed PEP8’s recommended line length, so I would break it into two lines anyway. If it adds readability here, then would it be good practice to always assign the expected value to a variable called expected (assuming you are comparing values that are expected to be equal)?
Here is the function being tested from generate_kml:

def convert_wkt_vertices_to_coords(vertices_as_wkt):
    def parse_coords(wkt):
        wkt = wkt[wkt.find("(") + 1:wkt.find(")")]
        coords = wkt.split(",")
        coords = [tuple(x.split(" ")) for x in coords]
        return coords
    return vertices_as_wkt.apply(parse_coords)

One more thing here; in convert_wkt_vertices_to_coords I have a nested function. I don’t plan on reusing it, but in the past I haven’t had a need for nested functions, so it feels a bit off to me. Should I leave it as a nested function or break it out as its own function in the module?

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