November 1, 2023
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Deprecation Announcement: @ionic/react-test-utils

Sean Perkins

As web development continues to evolve, so have our tools for testing. In light of recent advancements in testing libraries and frameworks, we are announcing the deprecation of @ionic/react-test-utils, a package that has served the Ionic React community well.

Why the Deprecation?

We believe in delivering the best tools and experiences for our developers, and that includes keeping our testing ecosystem up-to-date. Over time, the landscape of web component testing has evolved, and we’ve seen significant improvements in testing libraries and frameworks.

Testing libraries like Vitest and testing-library have made great strides in providing comprehensive testing capabilities for web components, including those used in Ionic React applications. These libraries are actively maintained, well-documented, and have a thriving community of users and contributors.

By deprecating @ionic/react-test-utils, we can focus on delivering the best possible testing experience to our users by leveraging these modern tools that align with the evolving best practices in web component testing.

What Does This Mean for You?

Developers can continue to use the @ionic/react-test-utils package today in their applications, but will receive a deprecation warning when installing.

For new applications or applications looking to migrate, we have updated our documentation to guide you on how to set up and use the latest testing libraries effectively. You can find this updated documentation here.

Our goal is to make the transition as smooth as possible for our users. The updated documentation will walk you through the process of setting up testing for your Ionic React applications using the recommended libraries and best practices. We believe this change will help you write more robust tests and better maintain your projects.

Moving Forward

As technology changes, so do the tools we use to build and test our applications. The deprecation of @ionic/react-test-utils is a step towards embracing modern testing libraries and ensuring that Ionic React developers have access to the best testing tools available.

We appreciate your understanding and continued support as we make these necessary updates to provide you with the best possible development experience. If you have any questions or need assistance with transitioning your tests to the recommended libraries, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our community or discord

Thank you for being a part of the Ionic community, and we look forward to seeing your continued success in building amazing applications!

Sean Perkins