[rspec-users] Using resource_controller (make_resourceful etc) and testing the

Zach Dennis zach.dennis at gmail.com
Thu Dec 11 18:04:36 EST 2008

On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 1:19 PM, Ben Mabey <ben at benmabey.com> wrote:
> Andrew Premdas wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> Trying to get some opinions about the use of such plugins and in
>> particular about how they test, and how we test with them. Can they work
>> well with BDD or do they do to much magic and create difficulties for
>> features and tests
>> TIA
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> Hey Andrew,
> Controllers using such plugins should not pose any difficulty wrapping
> features around them at all.  How are they any different from any other
> controller from the request point-of-view?  My current thinking on the
> matter is this:  Use features, but skip the controller specs.  The features
> verify the actual behaviour of them alongside the rest of the stack and
> provide me with the best confidence that I'm using the plugin correctly and
> giving the end-users the functionality that the app needs to.  I don't see
> controller specs adding any additional value at this point.  We would simply
> be testing the plugin's code over and over again...  There is also no design
> benefit from mocking/stubbing the plugins code either.
> That is what I have been doing for all the standard RESTful actions.  If I
> ever need to vary from the basic behaviour that is provided from the plugins
> then I then start adding controller specs for that deviating behaviour.  At
> which point I will stub out what I need to to make the plugin work.


Zach Dennis

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