[rspec-users] undefined method

David Chelimsky dchelimsky at gmail.com
Mon Jun 28 15:00:45 EDT 2010

On Jun 28, 2010, at 1:14 PM, bertly_the_coder wrote:

> Hey Guys,
> I am working on my first TDD/BDDD example and running into a problem,
> when I run 'ruby app.rb" The app seems to run fine, but when I run
> it's rspec 'spec app_spec.rb" I get a no method defined.
> app.rb
> require 'rubygems'
> require 'open-uri'
> require 'hpricot'
> class Timer
> 	#this is the retrieve method used to retrieve the contents of the xml
> file
> 	def self.retrieve
> 	 	doc = Hpricot(open('some site'))
> 		#get the times
> 		times = doc/"//times"
> 		puts times
> 	end
> end
> Timer.retrieve - this works fine
> rspec
> require 'app'
> describe Timer do
> 	it "should retrieve the xml info from the site" do
> 		Timer.should retrieve
>  end
> end
> error:
> NameError in 'Timer should retrieve the xml info from the site'
> undefined local variable or method `retrieve' for
> #<Spec::Example::ExampleGroup::Subclass_1:0xb6dc9c70>
> ./app.rb:7:

This error tells you that there is no retrieve() method on the example itself, but the expression "Timer.should retrieve" expects there to be.

Try something like this:

describe Timer do
  it "retrieves xml from the site" do
    Timer.retrieve.should == "whatever you're expecting"

> Hope that's clear enough, I am a tad confused about what's going on,
> it looks pretty clear cut.

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