[rspec-users] Testing upload via web services

Nicholas Wieland nicholas.wieland at gmail.com
Wed Jul 16 07:07:43 EDT 2008

Hi *,
I need to write a web service that accepts file uploads (even large  
ones). My WS is REST based, so I have a create method that accepts  
only POST.
My problem is passing the file to the method, so if someone already  
solved this problem please let me know.
My method is like this:

  def create
    radio = Radio.create!( params[ :radio ] )
    ad = Ad.new( params[ :ad ].merge( :user => current_user, :resource  
=> radio ) )
    respond_to do |format|
      format.xml { render :xml => ad.to_xml, :status => :created }
  rescue ActiveRecord::RecordInvalid
    respond_to do |format|
      format.html { render :action => :new }
      format.xml { render :xml => "<errors> <error> #{e.message} </ 
error> </errors>", :status => :unprocessable_entity }

and this is the spec:

   it "should upload radios remotely" do
     @request.env[ "HTTP_AUTHORIZATION" ] = "Basic " +  
Base64::encode64( "quentin:test" )
     puts @request.accepts
     file = MockUpload.new( 'example_radio.mp3' )
     Radio.should_receive( :create! ).with( 'audio' => file )
     post :create, :contest_slug => 'pago', :format => :xml,
       :radio => { :audio => file },
       :ad => { :title => 'test 1', :description => 'test test test  
test test test test',
         :contest => contests( :pago ), :copyright_disclaimer => true }

It answers with a 406 code, so there's something wrong with my code  
(request.accepts returns */*).
My concern is about what gets saved inside the Radio object, I don't  
think I can pass a raw binary object (AFAIK), and also the way I'm  
doing things, couldn't find any example on the net, I'm in the dark  
about how to pass stuff and how to get it, let's not even talk about  
how to spec it.
About rspeccing the whole thing things get even more messy, I think I  
need to write controller tests that check that the file I begin with  
is exactly the same I have after using the WS, but isn't it something  
I shouldn't do in RSpec ? I mean, using real data. In this case I can  
have the controller behaving exactly as I think it should by calling  
the right methods in the right way, but having a corrupted file in the  
fs .... I can't test data in the model either, because corruption will  
happen exactly inside the controller.
I'm new to this stuff, so I'm pretty clueless. Every help is very  


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