[rspec-users] How much test data to use in specs

Jonathan Linowes jonathan at parkerhill.com
Wed Aug 27 14:55:30 EDT 2008


what if my office were at

	Route 102 & Yahoo! Way, Suite #123

:)


On Aug 27, 2008, at 2:03 PM, Nick Hoffman wrote:

> On 2008-08-27, at 12:57, Rahoul Baruah wrote:
>> For this, trivial, example, I find that far too verbose.
>>
>> The "specification" says "if it is less than 2 characters then  
>> invalid" and "if it is more than 128 characters then invalid" .
>>
>> But you are actually running three checks - "if less than 2", "if  
>> greater than 2 but less than 128" and "if greater than 2 and  
>> greater than 128".
>>
>> B
>>
>>
>> Rahoul Baruah
>
> This is what I ended up with:
>
> Property addresses that are valid
> - can't be 129 characters
> - can't have a 1-letter street name
> - can't have an &
> - can't have an !
> - can't have a "
> - can't have 2 letters after the street number
> - can't be missing a street number
> - can't have only 3 characters
> - can't be empty
> - can have 128 characters
> - can have 127 characters
> - can have only 5 characters
> - can have only 4 characters
> - can have a ,
> - can have a -
> - can have a '
> - can have 1 letter after the street number
> - can have multiple spaces
>
> Each of the "can ..." examples are proper addresses in the sense  
> that they're variations of:
> - "123 A Street With A Long Name"
> - "123B Maple Ave"
> - "123 O'Connor Street"
> - etc
>
> One thing that I didn't do is write examples for each invalid  
> character. That'd be too hairy and verbose. Instead, I picked a  
> few, and wrote examples for them, as you can see above (Eg: "can't  
> have an &").
>
> Cheers,
> Nick
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