[rspec-users] Re-using Rspec Matchers

David Chelimsky dchelimsky at gmail.com
Wed Sep 8 18:25:46 EDT 2010

On Sep 8, 2010, at 5:19 PM, Brian Kaney wrote:

> On Sep 8, 2010, at 2:17 PM, "J. B. Rainsberger" <me at jbrains.ca> wrote:
>> On Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 14:42, Brian Kaney <brian at vermonster.com> wrote:
>>> Is it good practice to call matchers from within matchers?   Kinda like this pattern:
>>> See: http://gist.github.com/570467
>> David Chelimsky taught me not to invoke #should in a matcher, but
>> rather just answer a boolean, so I expect that, rather than matcher
>> using matcher, you could extract the low-level matcher behavior into
>> methods that both matchers would use.
> Okay thanks.
> I'll refractor matcher logic but was hoping I could be lazy and reuse / cascade failure messages.

You can :)

The reason to avoid cascading matchers is they become somewhat useless in the negative form (should_not). If you're NEVER going to use them that way, you're fine cascading.

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