[rspec-users] Accessing the model class from within an rspec-rails spec

Cameron Booth cameron.booth at gmail.com
Tue Oct 28 09:40:45 EDT 2008

Hi again,

I think I may have partly found my own answer.

Looking at this gist http://gist.github.com/14050 by Andy Freeman, it seems
to do much of what I'm looking for right now (thanks, awesome!!).

But playing around with it a bit, calling self.described_type which I
thought would return the class, it's not, it seems to be looking only for a

      def described_type
        description_parts.find {|part| part.is_a?(Module)}

Is there something I'm missing?


On Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 8:09 AM, Cameron Booth <cameron.booth at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi everybody,
> New to the list, so apologies if this has been answered elsewhere, but I
> didn't find it. I'm trying to build up a plugin of useful rspec macros for
> rails development, eg. things like:
> it_should_return_success
> it_should_redirect_to { some_url }
> I'm basing my ideas off of some stuff technoweenie has done, as well as a
> few others.
> One thing I'd love to do is be able to figure out the model class in a
> rails model spec, so I can do something like:
> describe User do
>   it_should_validate_presence_of :name
> end
> I can get it working if I pass in User as an argument:
> describe User do
>   it_should_validate_presence_of User, :name
> end
> but that feels redundant. Is there a way to access the class itself that
> I'm missing? On the controller spec side, I see there is
> controller_class_name, but that needs to be set with the controller_name
> method. I could go for something like that if required, but somehow it seems
> like it would be overkill.
> Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thanks!!
> Cameron
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