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DRY means “don’t repeat yourself”. A lack of repetition is a primary signifier of good, maintainable code.

A good way of cleaning up code is to look for repetitive patterns and de-duplicate them.

Since tests are also code, the same rules apply. Test code should be non-repetitive and tests themselves should be non-repetitive. Tests should regularly be refactored by looking for repetition and removing it by parameterizing your test cases.

Hitch provides the use of Jinja2 as a templating language to let you generate lots of similar tests without writing a lot of duplicated test cases. See howto/parameterize_test_cases for a guide on how to use it.

See also: Don’t Repeat Yourself Wikipedia Page