[rspec-users] Difference between :each and :all

David Chelimsky dchelimsky at gmail.com
Thu Jan 27 21:58:12 EST 2011


On Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 8:53 PM, Rick DeNatale <rick.denatale at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 6:16 PM, David Chelimsky <dchelimsky at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Jan 27, 2011, at 5:11 PM, John Feminella wrote:
>>
>>> That's not quite right. :each runs before _each_ spec, while :all runs
>>> once, before _any_ spec.
>>
>> Perhaps :any is a better name? We could add it as an alternative for the same as :all. WDYT?
>>
>
> Speaking for myself, I never was confused between before(:each) and
> before(:all).  The first always meant before each OF the examples, and
> the latter before all the examples.
>
> As a devil's advocate, while before(:any) might evoke the current
> meaning of before(:all) for some people, after(:any) to me evokes the
> curent meaning of after(:each) more than it does after(:all), i.e.
> after any OF the examples rather than after all the examples, because
> I'd never say after any the examples.
>
> But that might just be me.

You're absolutely right that it would be confusing for after, and
given that, I think we should probably not add it.


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