[rspec-users] How To Express Change of Associated Data

Pat Maddox pergesu at gmail.com
Sun Jul 6 18:00:57 EDT 2008

On Sun, Jul 6, 2008 at 5:43 PM, s.ross <cwdinfo at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello--
> I'm not sure if I'm pushing too far out of specing a given model, but here's
> what I want to express:
> class A < AR::Base
>  has_many :bs
>  def okay(segment)
>  end
> end
> class B < AR::Base
>  belongs_to :a
> end
> it A, "should increase the vote count for a given segment if okayed" do
>  @a = A.create(stuff)
>  @a.okay(10) # okay segment 10
>  # here's where I'm having trouble...
>  # a.bs should have one row, and it should have a segment number of 10 and
> various other stuff should happen
>  # subsequent @a.okay with different values should transform numbers in a
> predictable way. This is handled in
>  # the A model because the transforms occur only in Bs that belong to a
> given A.
>  @a.bs.find_by_segment_number(10).thingie.should be(1)  # not too expressive
>  @a.okay(9)
>  @a.bs.find_by_segment_number(9).thingie.should be(1)  # still not too
> expressive
>  @a.bs. find_by_segment_number(9).transformed_thingie.should
> be(something_else)
> end
> This kind of spec smells to me, yet I am having trouble figuring out how to
> explain, using rspec, exactly what the behavior is to be in a multi-step
> sequence.
> Anybody have thoughts regarding how this might be done better?


You could do

lambda {
}.should change { @a.bs.find_by_segment_number(9) }.

I do wonder if you might be able to make it a bit more
behavior-oriented, maybe something like

lambda {
}.should change { @a.count_votes_for(9) }.by(1)

I don't know exactly what you're trying to get at though, so I can't
be more specific.  At any rate, does using "should change" make it
more readable to you?


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