[rspec-users] Testing RESTful routes

Ben Mabey ben at benmabey.com
Sat Sep 22 19:51:52 EDT 2007

Hi all,
The app I am making right now uses restful routing entirely.  I want to 
prevent people from accessing my actions without the proper HTTP verb so 
I commented out the :controller/:action/:id catch all routes that were 
used in pre-RESTful Rails apps.  Like so:
   #map.connect ':controller/:action/:id.:format'
   #map.connect ':controller/:action/:id'
When I did this however all of my routing specs broke.  I have been 
testing my routes like the rspec-scaffold generator tests them:
it "{ :controller => 'users', :action => 'new' } to /users/new" do
    route_for(:controller => "users", :action => "new").should == 

To get around this the easiest thing I could think of was to add this to 
my routes.rb:
if RAILS_ENV=="test"
    map.connect ':controller/:action/:id.:format'
    map.connect ':controller/:action/:id'

Are there better solutions?
This is a workaround for the problem, but I'm wondering if there is a 
better way to test restful routes without relying on the old routing 
convention of controller/action/id.  Ideally, the routing specs should 
also verify the HTTP verb as well.  Is there any way to do this?


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