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CATSRunner is a unit testing framework. C Automated Testing System (CATS) and its associated test runner (Catsrunner) implement a

License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
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Developer: Agile Rules
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CATSRunner is a unit testing framework.

C Automated Testing System (CATS) and its associated test runner (Catsrunner) implement a unit testing framework that provides developers of C-based systems, including embedded systems, the capability to use the popular test driven development approach.

CATS supports embedded cross-platform development by working in conjunction with hardware abstraction layers. CATS also comes with a thin wrapper around arm-elf-gdb's host/target communication functions.

A reference implementation for the ARM-7 CPU core is provided.

Here are some key features of "CATSRunner":
Catsrunner was built from the ground up for cross-platform embedded software development.
It's all written in ANSI C (yes, C++ can do more, but many embedded teams are using C).
This software is actively maintained - we at Agile Rules built it for our own use.
It's easy to add new target platforms. It builds now for PC and for ARM Evaluator7T board.
Catsrunner supports Test Driven Development (and Behavior Driven Development).
Catsrunner has been tested from its inception on real embedded hardware.
It's been released under the GPL as open source software


CATS and Catsrunner
Several other software modules that provide facilities often needed for embedded software development, and abstract hardware to aid easy porting to different architectures.
A build framework capable of building all of the software in the distribution on different platforms.
A sample application (appexample) using many of the modules as an example of how the software in the framework fits together.
A template application (apptemplate), mostly empty, to use as a starting point for new applications added to the framework.
Unit tests for all included modules and applications

Linux, UNIX, or other POSIX operating systems. The build environment should work under a POSIX wrapper, like Cygwin, but that has not yet been tested.
GNU toolchain:
binutils (tested with binutils-2.15)
gcc (tested with gcc-3.3.5)
gdb (tested with gdb-6.0)
newlib (tested with newlib-1.12.0)
It should work with gcc 3.3.5 and later toolchains.

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