[rspec-users] Spec/Test Speed

Ben Mabey ben at benmabey.com
Sun Oct 7 15:01:26 EDT 2007

> The factory method (or attribute_helper) still hits the database.  I  
> don't see it as any sort of performance gain. In fact, I've even  
> developed a plugin around the Factory idea, and it was only when I  
> started using it in all of my tests that the speed really started to  
> affect me (I was using mocking/stubbing, with much frustration prior  
> to that point).  But to me it's pretty clear the plugin (or the  
> factory) is not the problem - the hit is the database.  DHH saw this  
> hit, and since they were using fixtures,he found that creating the  
> fixtures, and then wrapping each test in a transaction was a huge  
> performance gain.  I wonder if the same would be true with setups/ 
> before(:each)...


Where is this factory plugin you speak of?


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