On the heels of Mark's
contribution to the deployment panel discussion
, I'll be doing a quick talk on mocking libraries
in Ruby at tomorrow's NovaRUG meeting
. Back in January, I was blown away by the demo of FlexMock
that Jim Weirich gave during his "Red, Green, Refactor"
talk at the Rails Edge conference. Since then, we have been making extensive use of both FlexMock and Mocha
when we need to control the behavior of objects inside the code we're testing. This is especially useful when our models rely on external resources (e.g. resources fetched via HTTP
), but it also comes in handy when we want to hone in on testing a single piece of code:
class Die def roll rand(6) + 1 end end
In our tests, we can stub out the behavior of Kernel#rand
so that we're working with a defined state (using FlexMock):
require 'rubygems' require 'test/unit' require 'flexmock' require 'flexmock/test_unit' require 'die' class DieTest < Test::Unit::TestCase def test_roll_when_rand_returns_zero_should_return_one die = Die.new flexmock(die).should_receive(:rand).once.with(Integer).and_return(0) assert_equal 1, die.roll end end
I'll be testing a simple bit of Ruby code and comparing both libraries side-by-side to discuss their usage. Mocking is a concept that I've been interested in for a while (and have been writing about more
), so I'm really looking forward to the event. Hope to see you there.