[rspec-users] Controller specs for sub-controllers

Dean genlighten at gmail.com
Mon Dec 6 07:29:01 EST 2010


I'm completely new to RSpec (and fairly new to Rails, too.) I'm
working on an existing application that has an Admin::BaseController
and sub-controllers such as Admin:TestimonialsController:

  class Admin::BaseController < ApplicationController
  end

  class Admin::TestimonialsController < Admin::BaseController

    def new
      @page_title = "Create New Testimonial"
    end
  end

I'm trying to write very basic tests for my Testimonials controller,
like so:

[testimonials_controller_spec.rb]

require 'spec_helper'

describe Admin::TestimonialsController do
  integrate_views

  describe "GET 'new'" do
    it "should be successful" do
      get 'new'
      response.should be_success
    end

    it "should have the right title" do
      get 'testimonials/new'
      response.should have_tag("title", /Create New Testimonial/)
    end
  end
end

I've created the 'new' view and it gets the right title tag, but the
tests fail:

1)
'Admin::TestimonialsController GET 'new' should render the create
testimonial template' FAILED
expected success? to return true, got false
/Users/Lowell/rails_projects/genlighten_dr/spec/controllers/admin/
testimonials_controller_spec.rb:9:

2)
'Admin::TestimonialsController GET 'new' should have the right title'
FAILED
Expected at least 1 element matching "title", found 0.
<false> is not true.
/Users/Lowell/rails_projects/genlighten_dr/spec/controllers/admin/
testimonials_controller_spec.rb:14:

I suspect it has something to do with the path to my views. Because
the testimonials sub-controller inherits from the admin
BaseController, both testimonials controllers and views are in
subdirectories, e.g.:

app/controllers/admin/testimonials_controller.rb

and

app/views/admin/testimonials/new.html.erb

Should my tests say something like:

get 'admin/testimonials/new' instead of get 'new'? Or am I making a
less subtle mistake?

Thanks,

Dean


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