Spies are a relatively new feature in RSpec. In this tutorial-style talk: we'll look at what spies are, how spies work in RSpec and how one can write better tests with spies. We'll work through some of examples of writing new tests with spies, improving old tests with spies and the reasons why spying is a useful tool for your testing practice.
If you're new to RSpec and looking for ways to improve your testing practice, understand the library better or just ask some questions, this session will be great for you.
“A testing tool by any other other name would assert as truthy.” – some guy. You’ve seen Rails’ built-in Test::Unit in the morning session. This afternoon, we’ll introduce RSpec, another popular testing tool. We’ll overview basic structure, contexts, “should” expectations, mocking and stubbing. We’ll also cover Rails model, view, controller, routing, helper, and request specs.
Everybody wants to do test-driven development, but switching to TDD or BDD on an existing project that doesn't have tests presents special challenges. Often, the current code is a tangled mess of dependencies that defeats the very concept of unit testing. Worse, if somebody has attempted TDD in the past, you might have a test suite that needs to be fixed before any new tests can be written.
Don't give up. Adding test-coverage and TDD to your application will make it easier.
This session will describe techniques that you can use to bootstrap a test-driven process into your project. You'll see how to use "black-box" techniques that don't depend on the structure of the code and "white-box" techniques that interact with the code more directly.
Topics covered will include:
* Using Cucumber to perform black-box testing.
* Using RSpec to perform white-box testing
RSpec is often described with the word “magic” by both its users and its detractors.
Understanding how RSpec matchers, doubles, and specifications work will help you as an RSpec user. You will be able to take advantage of RSpec’s flexibility to make your tests clearer and more expressive. You’ll also get some exposure to new RSpec features, like compound matchers.
Walking through a typical RSpec example, we’ll show the RSpec internals as RSpec evaluates matchers and uses doubles. You’ll leave with a better understanding of how to harness RSpec in your own tests.
Don’t you hate when testing takes 3x as long because your specs are hard to understand? Or when testing conditional permutation leads to a ton of duplication? Following a few simple patterns, you can easily take a bloated spec and make it readable, DRY and simple to extend. This workshop is a refactor kata. We will take a bloated sample spec and refactor it to something manageable, readable and concise.