[rspec-users] How to unit test code that connects to the external resources?

Yi Wen hayafirst at gmail.com
Mon Sep 8 16:29:29 EDT 2008

    def run
        url = URI.parse(run_path)
        http = Net::HTTP.new(url.host, url.port)
        http.use_ssl = use_ssl_for_run
        http.start {
            req = Net::HTTP::Get.new run_path
            req.basic_auth self.class.user, self.class.password
            @response = http.request(req)

run_path and use_ssl_for_run are both instance methods. run

On Mon, Sep 8, 2008 at 3:23 PM, Chuck Remes <cremes.devlist at mac.com> wrote:

> On Sep 8, 2008, at 12:12 PM, Yi Wen wrote:
> By external resources, I mean, the code start a http connection and GET
> xmls from the url specified. I will definitely not rely my unit test on an
> external url or anything like that. But how do I unit test the method? I
> mean, I can basically mock the Net::HTTP, but then the test will pretty much
> be like the method itself, except all the calls will be replaced by stub! or
> should_receive.
> I made this method as simple as possible. There is no *if* statements or
> loop in the method, should I just NOT test this one?
> Thanks for any ideas
> Show us the code so we can help.
> cr
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