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4.1.4 Test Foundation Code

Some tests use foundation code. Foundation code is reusable across multiple tests that are themselves independent of each other. It is intended to be compiled and included in an environment as part of the compilation process of a test. If the test is executable, the foundation code must be bound with all other code for the test prior to execution.
Foundation code is always expected to compile successfully; it is never expected to be run by itself. Foundation code is not, in and of itself, a test, and is therefore not characterized by a test class (see 4.2). One may think of it as providing some utility definitions and routines to a number of different tests. Names of foundation units (and therefore names of files containing foundation code) are distinguished as described in Naming Convention, Section 4.3.

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