I’ve seen at least two mock object libraries for Python (here and here). But I wonder, what is the benefit of using a simpler mock object over creating your own dummy class? It seems that if I created my own dummy class (a class which implements the same interface that it is attempting to “mock”), I would have tighter control over the behavior of the thing as well as have a nicer re-use experience. It seems that mock objects are typically defined on the fly and then thrown away. I’m sure you could re-use them, but if they are really intended to be use-once-then-throw-away, it may be a little harder.
I guess what I’d really like to see is something between mock objects and dummy classes, something where you define a dummy class to be used as one of your application classes, but which also contains the convenience methods that the two mock libraries have. Suggestions, anyone?