[rspec-users] How To Drive Out AJAX Functionality in a Rails View
mike at mikedoel.com
Tue May 12 10:04:33 EDT 2009
On May 12, 2009, at 8:36 AM, Lee Longmore wrote:
> I am new to RSpec and have just started to drive out my first Rails
> view using a spec. I have used the The RSpec Book (beta) to do the
> basic stuff like testing for the presence of a field but I am unsure
> where to start for driving out some AJAX functionality.
Check out Adam McCrea's fork of webrat:
It includes a submit_form_via_ajax method that I use to do this. It
basically just forces Rails into treating the form request as asking
for a .js response. There are limitations on what you can do with the
response (e.g. inspecting the entire page is no longer possible), but
you are able to look at the response body of the call and match it
against regular expressions. So, I use features like:
When I go to the homepage
And I use a search term of "foo"
And I press "search"
And the edit_search_form is submitted via ajax
Then the search results should have 2 bars
with the critical step like:
When /^the (.+) is submitted via ajax$/ do |form|
I've left out a couple of things here (in particular, a step that
makes it possible to have acceptance tests for ajax based features
that are written in the language of the customer and yet operate
quickly (i.e. you don't need to have selenium or something else like
that involved to run this).
The drawback of course is that it's not really exercising the full end-
to-end system. While I understand that this is frowned upon (and for
good reason), in my case, I have decided that the speed of the tests
(and thus my willingness to use them) makes up for the drawbacks
unit tests that will ensure that the behavior I stub out above
actually works as expected.
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