[rspec-users] New RSpec methods to Object proposal: should_all and should_none

Rick DeNatale rick.denatale at gmail.com
Wed Dec 9 15:01:09 EST 2009

On Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 2:16 PM, Wincent Colaiuta <win at wincent.com> wrote:
> El 09/12/2009, a las 19:15, David Chelimsky escribió:
>> On Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 11:55 AM, Pat Maddox <mailinglists at patmaddox.com>
>> wrote:
>>> [@admin, @allowed_user].should all(be_allowed_to_visit(url))
>>> [@admin, @allowed_user].should all_be_allowed_to_visit(url)
>>> On Dec 9, 2009, at 5:27 AM, David Chelimsky wrote:
>>> On Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 5:41 AM, Rodrigo Rosenfeld Rosas
>>> <lbocseg at yahoo.com.br> wrote:
>>>> I was thinking that it would be great to add 2 additional methods to
>>>> Object: should_all and should_none.
>>>> The idea is that we would be able to write tests like:
>>>> [@admin, @allowed_user].should_all be_allowed_to_visit(url)
>>>> [@unprivileged, @non_welcome].should_none be_allowed_to_visit(url)
>>>> Implementation is trivial, but I think that tests would become much
>>>> cleaner than:
>>>> [@admin, @allowed_user].each{|u| u.should be_allowed_to_visit(url)}
>>>> Any thoughts on that?
>>> How about:
>>> each_of(@admin, @allowed_user).should be_allowed_to_visit(url)
>>> none_of(@admin, @allowed_user).should be_allowed_to_visit(url)
>>> This gets the cleanliness without adding to Object.
> I'm puzzled as to why people are so focussed on making specs read like plain
> text English when they are still developer-facing Ruby code.
> Especially suprised in this case of wanting to avoid the "each + block"
> enumeration idiom, which is about as "bread and butter" Ruby as you can get,
> readable to anybody who's ever read the first chapter of a Ruby book.

I think that the english text is secondary to doing something which
doesn't require mixing another method or methods into all objects.

In the early days RSpec added quite a few more methods to Object
besides (or perhaps instead of) should and should_not. One of the
goals is to minimize disturbing the system being speced.

Rick DeNatale

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