To make testing fun I looked at improving the speed of static syntax checks.
The latest incarnation is now using make targets to represent a specific checks. The nice thing about this is, that you can use Make's
-jswitch to run those tests in parallel.
So basically it looks like this:
check-static-pep8: $(PYTHONSOURCES:%=%.pep8) @echo Passed $@ %.pep8: PYTHONPATH=. pep8 -r "$*"
The complete makefile is here and the numbers:
... --- Passed check-local --- real 0m22.875s user 0m20.466s sys 0m2.158s
And in parallel:
--- Passed check-local --- real 0m11.459s user 0m34.780s sys 0m3.325s
There is so much that can be done.