It helps get into the natural "red, green, refactor" rhythm.
I'm currently totally immersed in Django, and greatly miss the lack of colour support within the "test" management command. A simple workaround for this is to use Fabric with a few modified color commands. Your fabric file should include the following:
from fabric.colors import _wrap_with green_bg = _wrap_with('42') red_bg = _wrap_with('41') # Set the list of apps to test env.test_apps = "app1 app2" def test(): with settings(warn_only=True): result = local('./manage.py test %(test_apps)s --settings=settings_test -v 2 --failfast' % env, capture=False) if result.failed: print red_bg("Some tests failed") else: print print green_bg("All tests passed - have a banana!")
You can choose your own success and failure messages.
Now we have lovely colors while doing TDD in Django: