Go Testing Notes

In this post I’m just going to maintain a list of notes for Go testing that I seem to commonly need to reference. It will also serve as an index for the posts related to testing that I have to commonly look up as well. Here is a quick listing of the table of contents: Basics Table Driven Tests Fixtures Golden Files Frameworks No Framework Ginkgo & Gomega Helpers Temporary Directories Sources and References Basics Just a quick reminder of how to write tests, benchmarks, and examples....

September 22, 2018 · 6 min · Benjamin Bengfort

Benchmarking Secure gRPC

A natural question to ask after the previous post is “how much overhead does security add?” So I’ve benchmarked the three methods discussed; mutual TLS, server-side TLS, and no encryption. The results are below: Here are the numeric results for one of the runs: BenchmarkMutualTLS-8 200 9331850 ns/op BenchmarkServerTLS-8 300 5004505 ns/op BenchmarkInsecure-8 2000 1179252 ns/op PASS ok github.com/bbengfort/sping 7.364s Here is the code for the benchmarking for reference:...

March 5, 2017 · 1 min · Benjamin Bengfort

Secure gRPC with TLS/SSL

One of the primary requirements for the systems we build is something we call the “minimum security requirement”. Although our systems are not designed specifically for high security applications, they must use minimum standards of encryption and authentication. For example, it seems obvious to me that a web application that stores passwords or credit card information would encrypt their data on disk on a per-record basis with a salted hash. In the same way, a distributed system must be able to handle encrypted blobs, encrypt all inter-node communication, and authenticate and sign all messages....

March 3, 2017 · 10 min · Benjamin Bengfort

Fixed vs. Variable Length Chunking

FluidFS and other file systems break large files into recipes of hash-identified blobs of binary data. Blobs can then be replicated with far more ease than a single file, as well as streamed from disk in a memory safe manner. Blobs are treated as single, independent units so the underlying data store doesn’t grow as files are duplicated. Finally, blobs can be encrypted individually and provide more opportunities for privacy....

February 8, 2017 · 3 min · Benjamin Bengfort

In-Memory File System with FUSE

The Filesystem in Userspace (FUSE) software interface allows developers to create file systems without editing kernel code. This is especially useful when creating replicated file systems, file protocols, backup systems, or other computer systems that require intervention for FS operations but not an entire operating system. FUSE works by running the FS code as a user process while FUSE provides a bridge through a request/response protocol to the kernel. In Go, the FUSE library is implemented by bazil....

January 30, 2017 · 5 min · Benjamin Bengfort

Resolving Matplotlib Colors

One of the challenges we’ve been dealing with in the Yellowbrick library is the proper resolution of colors, a problem that seems to have parallels in matplotlib as well. The issue is that colors can be described by the user in a variety of ways, then that description has to be parsed and rendered as specific colors. To name a few color specifications that exist in matplotlib: None: choose a reasonable default color The name of the color, e....

January 17, 2017 · 5 min · Benjamin Bengfort

Benchmarking Readline Iterators

I’m starting to get serious about programming in Go, trying to move from an intermediate level to an advanced/expert level as I start to build larger systems. Right now I’m working on a problem that involves on demand iteration, and I don’t want to pass around entire arrays and instead be a bit more frugal about my memory usage. Yesterday, I discussed using [channels to yield iterators from functions]({% post_url 2016-12-22-yielding-functions-for-iteration-golang %}) and was a big fan of the API, but had some questions about memory usage....

December 23, 2016 · 2 min · Benjamin Bengfort