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Testing within an ActiveRecord block

Following on from the article about ActiveRecord blocks and a similar topics at the office book club, I’ve been trying to put some of these concepts into my code. I did find it difficult to figure out how to test within the block. Below I’ll outline what we did to test the code within the block.

Say we’ve got a Foo class which inherits from ActiveRecord.

class Foo < ActiveRecord::Base end 

When create a new foo, we can use a block to mutate the object.

Foo.create(args) do |foo| foo.x = 1 end 

In the test, we want to return a stub, but we can’t assert that x was called on that stub as the block won’t be executed.

Foo.should_receive(:create) { foo_stub } foo_stub.should_receive(:x=) # assertion fails 

We can use a block after the ‘should_receive’ call to get the block as a Proc and call it with the stub we want to run assertions on.

Foo.should_receive(:create) do |args, &block| end 

Now we can successfully test inside the block.

  • If you ever get down to this level, don’t you feel like your tests will exactly mimic your implementation?

  • Robbie Clutton

    Granted it’s a trivial example, you may be doing something more exciting inside a block that you feel requires testing.

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