[rspec-users] To mock or not mock base classes

Pat Maddox pergesu at gmail.com
Tue Aug 14 23:36:54 EDT 2007

On 8/14/07, Scott Taylor <mailing_lists at railsnewbie.com> wrote:
> Just a general opinion question on idioms/common usage.  Is it better
> to mock Ruby's base classes, or to use real instances of those base
> classes?
> @string = mock String
> @string.stub!(:to_s).and_return "hello"
> # or:
> @string = "hello"
> I was wondering which is generally favored, and if so, for what
> reasons?  Or is it highly dependent on the type of spec which is
> being written?
> Regards,
> Scott
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I would say the second way is pretty clearly the favorite :)

However there might be usages where the first way could be
appropriate, but it's surely not that example.  Perhaps you could show
the actual spec you're trying to write?


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