[rspec-users] stubbing network calls

David Green justnothing at tiscali.co.uk
Wed Aug 22 14:22:24 EDT 2007

On 8/22/07, David Green <justnothing at tiscali.co.uk> wrote:
> I have a couple of methods which make networks calls. Where's the best
> place
> to stub them so they are stubbed for every description automatically? I
> tried in spec_helper.rb but they are no longer stubbed when a spec runs.
> at the moment, I'm checking for the test environment in the methods
> themselves, and returning a dummy value, but I'm sure there's a better
> way.

Instead of stubbing methods on Socket (or whatever network class
you're using) I would design the client of the "network" class in such
a way that you can pass in whatever. The dependency injection
technique. Then you just pass it a mock.


thanks for the suggestion. I'd still need to do this every place there's a
call to a network method right? My problem is the methods are used
extensively. One is a before_filter so it's easy to stub. The other is in a
general purpose class which various models and controllers use, i was hoping
there would be one central place where I could stub that out
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