[rspec-users] Can I use mocking in this way?

Julian Leviston julian at leviston.net
Sat Apr 3 21:45:26 EDT 2010


On 04/04/2010, at 7:32 AM, David Chelimsky wrote:

> On Sat, Apr 3, 2010 at 8:56 AM, Vojto Rinik <zero0xxx at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello RSpec users!
>> I have one abstract class and a few classes that inherit from that abstract
>> one.
> 
> Ruby doesn't have abstract classes. You can have a base class that you
> don't _intend_ to instantiate directly, but there's nothing stopping
> you from doing so, so it's not like an abstract class in java, which
> you actually can't instantiate directly.
> 
> I've seen some cases where the initialize method is made private so
> you can't just call Foo.new, so it sort of feels like an abstract
> class, but even in that case you can still use send() to instantiate
> one in a test:
> 
>  AbstractIshClass.send(:new)
> 

How about if you overrode new and __new__ ?

Julian.




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