[rspec-users] Ability to stub a method differently the second time its called

Rob Aldred Rob.aldred at stardotstar.com
Wed Jan 26 08:34:35 EST 2011

I'm having a bit of trouble stubbing out a method on a model which has some quite specific behaviour.
Basically I want to check the method returns something different after ive called update_attributes


@exam.draft?  (returns true)
@exam.update_attributes(params[:exam])  # sets draft to false
@exam.draft?  (returns false)

To give this some context, if the exam is a draft and update_attributes sets draft to false
then we want to redirect to the show view instead of edit because only exams that are draft can be edited.

if @exam.draft?
	@exam.update_attributes param[:exam]

if @exam.draft?
	redirect_to :action => :edit
	redirect_to :action => :show

I can obviously set consecutive values with and_return(true,false)
but this feels a bit unreliable? maybe im just confusing myself

Rob Aldred

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