[rspec-users] How to spec the existence of specs

Joseph Wilk lists at ruby-forum.com
Sun Aug 31 15:40:23 EDT 2008

I've been giving this some thought, I've not had the chance to test it 
out yet,
but here are my examples:
it "should add a 'it' test" do
  example_group = Class.new(Spec::Example::ExampleGroup)
  example_group.should_receive(:it).with(...) ...

  example.class_eval do
    describe_model_attribute(model, attribute, valid_values, 


describe "valid model"
  it "should generate a spec which will pass" do
    example_group = Class.new(Spec::Example::ExampleGroup) do
      describe_model_attribute(model, attribute, valid_values, 
    example_group.run.should be_true

So this means the scope of 'it' and 'describe' are against ExampleGroup. 
Giving you something to mock against to check 'it'/'describe'.

Invoking run on the ExampleGroup class will run the specs you generate, 
and then you can check if they succeed/fail. An alternative to checking 
the output could be to test that the model has the relevant methods 
invoked on it.

I hope that helps
Joseph Wilk

Nick Hoffman wrote:
> On 2008-08-29, at 05:06, Joseph Wilk wrote:
>>> Each method generates specs depending on its arguments
>> How does each method generate the specs?
>> * Using script/generate rspec...
>> or
>> * File handling and writing your own?
>> --
>> Joseph Wilk
>> http://www.joesniff.co.uk
> Hi again Joseph. Each method generates the specs by calling RSpec's
> #describe and #it methods, like this:
> def check_model_attributes_when_nil(model, ...
>    ...
>    columns_to_check.each do |attribute|
>      describe model, "with '#{attribute}' set to nil" do
>        ...
>        it "should be invalid" do
>          @model_instance.should_not be_valid
>        end
>        ...
>      end
>    end
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