Speed tests in Ruby

April 11, 2008

Maybe this is already somewhere, but I did not find it in the


documentation where I expected it. I want to make sure that a certain block of code would execute within a given time period. Granted, it’s a bit obvious, but in case you searched first like I did and found this:

class Test::Unit::TestCase
def assert_faster_than(delta)
    start = Time.now.to_f
    finish = Time.now.to_f
    assert_in_delta start, finish, delta, "Expected to take less than #{delta} seconds but took #{finish-start}."

# Then just use it like this....
assert_faster_than(3) { something_that_could_take_a_while }

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