[rspec-users] spec'ing the :conditions argument of a find

Ashley Moran ashley.moran at patchspace.co.uk
Fri Oct 31 04:24:03 EDT 2008

On Oct 31, 2008, at 7:49 am, Matt Wynne wrote:

>>> It also goes to the database, which will make it a slow unit test. I
>>> personally do pretty much the same thing myself mostly when working
>>> with ActiveRecord, but it doesn't mean I'm comfortable with it. (And
>>> it also doesn't mean our unit test suite is anything other than
>>> shamefully slow)
>  <snip>
> Sounds interesting. I'd still like to see us have a proper ORM for  
> ruby that lets us play with POROs 90% of the time, and just have a  
> separate suite of tests for the database-object mappings that we run  
> when necessary.

I'm using DataMapper in a (non-web) project I have on now, and for  
part of the spec suite where I am concerned with persistence as a  
black-box, I create an in-memory SQLite database:

     # story_spec.rb

     describe "Class", Story do

       # ...

       describe ".unposted" do
         include InMemoryDatabase

         before(:each) do

           @twitter_client = mock(TwitterAgent::Client, :post_story =>  

           @story_1 = Story.create(:title => "Story title 1",
                                   :published_at => DateTime.new(2008,  
9, 28))
           @story_2 = Story.create(:title => "Story title 2",
                                   :published_at => DateTime.new(2008,  
9, 29))
           @story_3 = Story.create(:title => "Story title 3",
                                   :published_at => DateTime.new(2008,  
9, 27))

         it "should find all stories (in ascending published date)  
when none have been posted" do
           Story.unposted.should == [ @story_3, @story_1, @story_2 ]

         it "should find only unpublished stories (in ascending  
published date)" do
           Story.unposted.should == [ @story_3, @story_2 ]


     # spec_helper.rb

     module InMemoryDatabase
       def setup_in_memory_database
         DataMapper.setup(:default, "sqlite3::memory:")

Aside from being unable to use DB-lever constraints, that gives me  
enough confidence in the persistence.  Other specs that don't need  
persistence simply omit the "setup_in_memory_database" call.

It's important not to lose sight of the fact that, even though  
ActiveRecord mixes business logic and persistence, *they are still  
separate concerns*.



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