[rspec-users] Spec/Test Speed

Scott Taylor mailing_lists at railsnewbie.com
Sun Oct 7 15:03:48 EDT 2007

On Oct 7, 2007, at 3:01 PM, Ben Mabey wrote:

>> 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)...
> Scott,
> Where is this factory plugin you speak of?


There is also a screencast at the top of that page.  I would highly  
advise you watch it.


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