Micro setup for minitest in rails

Sat, 21 Jan 2012 18:27:16 +0000

I think this is the bare minimum setup for being able to write Minitest::Spec tests in a Rails 3.1 app, and certainly a lot simpler than all that faffage with minitest-rails and stuff

    config.generators do |g|
      g.test_framework nil
    end

inside YourApp::Application in config/application.rb

This is all pretty vanilla – it doesn’t do spork or any of the faster-testing-through-not-loading-the-framework stuff, but with those three simple steps you can run rake test:units just as you would with the default Test::Unit stuff. test:foo for other values of foo appears also to work, but I don’t have any integration tests in this project yet so don’t take my word for it.

Double Trouble

I can see no way in minitest to create a partial mock: viz. a real object with some but not all methods mocked. In fact I can see no documented way in minitest to do any kind of mocking at all. As the new fashionable Double Ruby (a.k.a. rr ) library scores highly on both these counts, I decided to use that too.

This is a simple matter of adding “rr” to the Gemfile, then amending test/test_helper.rb to include the lines

require ‘rr’
and
class MiniTest::Unit::TestCase
  include RR::Adapters::MiniTest
end