[rspec-users] Routes helpers work differently from helper examples compared to page rendering

Ed Ruder ed.ruder at gmail.com
Wed Jul 8 15:03:57 EDT 2009

I don't think that ticket applies to my problem--as I read it,
https://rspec.lighthouseapp.com/projects/5645/tickets/843 is about
enhancing RSpec with additional routing tests/specs.

My issue is that in the context of a helper spec, when calling route
helpers (_url/_path methods) from a helper, a different Rails code
path is executed, giving different results in some cases.  This means
that sometimes your helper specs pass when the helper "in the wild"
doesn't do what's spec'd--you cannot trust your specs!



On Jul 4, 3:53 pm, David Chelimsky <dchelim... at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 4, 2009 at 4:40 PM, Ed Ruder<ed.ru... at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I have a helper that calls a Rails route _url method. In the context
> > of a helper spec file, the route helper method ends up calling url_for
> > in rails/actionpack/lib/action_controller/base.rb. In the context of
> > rendering a page, the route helper method calls url_for in rails/
> > actionpack/lib/action_view/helpers/url_helper.rb. Though very similar,
> > they can return different results, as I found out.
> > Specifically, ActionController::Base#url_for doesn't do html escaping--
> > ActionView::Helpers::UrlHelper#url_for does, and has an additional
> > parameter, :escape => true|false, to controller whether or not the
> > escaping is done.
> > This took some frustrating time to track down.
> > Since the code path executed by helper examples is not the same as
> > production, tests can produce invalid results. Also, some behavior
> > cannot be tested, since the code generating the results is not being
> > executed.
> > Is this a bug in RSpec, or is there a "correct" way to test helpers
> > that I'm missing?
> Not sure if this is directly related, but you may be interested in
> this ticket:https://rspec.lighthouseapp.com/projects/5645/tickets/843
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