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

Pat Maddox patmaddox at me.com
Mon Jan 31 03:34:28 EST 2011


On Jan 27, 2011, at 6:53 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.
> 
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I feel like a third option will cause more confusion, especially if it's just an alias of an existing option!

Pat


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