[rspec-users] Testing code that integrates with Rspec

Mike Grafton grafton at gmail.com
Wed Feb 24 02:07:15 EST 2010


Oops, forgot the gist:

http://gist.github.com/312383

Thanks,
Mike

On Feb 23, 9:19 pm, Mike Grafton <graf... at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey all,
>
> I've been using Rspec for a while now, but this is the first time I've run
> up against the following problem: how do you use Rspec to test code that
> uses Rspec?
>
> Basically my code takes as input a representation of example groups, and it
> should dynamically create those example groups and then run them. I borrowed
> this code from a open-source project that doesn't appear to have tests for
> it; the code works, but I'd like to get it under test so I can improve it.
>
> Going through the Rspec code (v 1.3.0), it appears that this should be
> possible.  There's Spec::Runner::Options, which looks to be a decent entry
> point for kicking off an Rspec run (with #run_examples). It has something
> attached to it called a Reporter, which looks like an observer that, if I
> could mock it, I could sense exactly what my run of Rspec did.
>
> Unfortunately, when I wrote a spec to invoke this code, both the code under
> test and the spec itself seemed to talk to the same Reporter (the one that
> got created first, for the the spec). So my spec and my code are entangled.
>
> Any suggestions?
>
> Here's a gist with a stripped down version of my code and a description of
> what output it produced. I can work on this gist to make it actually
> runnable if anybody is interested.
>
> Thanks a bunch,
> Mike
>
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