Chapter 16. Testing

Kick Assembler has .assert directives that are useful for testing. They were made to make it easy to test the assembler itself, but you can use them for testing your own pseudo-commands, macros, functions. When assertions are used, the assembler will automatically count the number of assertions and the number of failed assertions and display these when the assembling has finished.

16.1. Asserting expressions

With the assert directive you can test the value of expressions. It takes three arguments: a description, an expression, and an expected result.

.assert "2+5*10/2", 2+5*10/2, 27 
.assert "2+2", 2+2, 5 
.assert "Vector(1,2,3)+Vector(1,1,1)", Vector(1,2,3)+Vector(1,1,1), Vector(2,3,4)

When assembling this code the assembler prints the description, the result of the expression and the expected result. If these don’t match an error message is appended:

2+5*10/2=27.0 (27.0)
2+2=4.0 (5.0) – ERROR IN ASSERTION!!!
Vector(1,2,3)+Vector(1,1,1)=(2.0,3.0,4.0) ((2.0,3.0,4.0))