[rspec-users] Spec the Application Controller application.rb

Pat Maddox pergesu at gmail.com
Wed Apr 23 02:36:33 EDT 2008

On Tue, Apr 22, 2008 at 11:19 PM, Andy Croll <lists at ruby-forum.com> wrote:
> Pat Maddox wrote:
>  > You can define a controller method on the fly in order to test this
>  > out.  I just did a quick experiment to demonstrate it...obviously
>  > modify to suit your needs.
>  Thanks Pat.
>  I think I'm confusing two issues.
>  1) How to test before filters for something like authentication
>  2) How to test functions provided in the application controller
>  I'm not putting the before filter in the application.rb, I'm likely to
>  be using it to protect various actions in the app.

You can still use the technique that I showed, you would just call
before_filter in the fake controller.  That would allow you to specify
and implement the filter in isolation.

>  Is there a way to to call methods directly within the application.rb,
>  spec them there and then sub for functionality in the other
>  controllers?

No to the first part, unfortunately.  Rails' controller design isn't
particularly test-friendly.

As far as using them in other controllers, you can just use the real
filter implementation if you want, or stub them if you prefer.


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