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VIN Discrepancies Solution


test_vins.py
from vins import fetch_vins_from_db

def test_vin_discrepancies():
    """Check for discrepancies in VINs between vins.txt and the database"""

    # load VINs from database
    vins_db = fetch_vins_from_db()

    # Load VINs from text file
    vins_file = open('vins.txt', 'r')
    vins_txt = vins_file.read().splitlines()

    # Convert to sets for easy comparison
    vins_db = set(vins_db)
    vins_txt = set(vins_txt)

    # Check for VINs in db not in txt and vice versa
    vins_db_not_tx = vins_db - vins_txt
    vins_txt_not_db = vins_txt - vins_db

    assert len(vins_db_not_tx) == 0 and len(vins_txt_not_db) == 0, \
        f"VIN discrepancies found!\n" \
        f"VINs in database not in vins.txt: {vins_db_not_tx}\n" \
        f"VINs in vins.txt not in database: {vins_txt_not_db}"

Explanation

The strategy here is to represent each collection of VINs as a set. Then we can use set differences to get the values in one set not in the other.

In order to report a useful error message, we place an f-string alongside the assertion as described here.


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