[rspec-users] Trying to test flash messaging with rspec

James Martin jimmymartin at gmail.com
Thu Mar 10 20:27:52 EST 2011


How about just testing the flash directly, which should be accessible from
your test:

flash[:success].should =~ /welcome new user/i

I've used a case insensitive regex here, which I think captures the intent
of your test without being quite so rigid.

What do you think?



On Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 10:06 AM, Tyrel R. <lists at ruby-forum.com> wrote:

> Hello every one,
>
> So my this rspec test fails:
>
> [code]
> it "should have a welcome message" do
>        post :create, :user => @attr
>        response.flash[:success].should eql("Welcome new user!")
>      end
> [/code]
>
> However when I create a new user the flash message does display just as
> I had wanted it to.
>
> The controller has this in it:
> [code]
> def create
>    @user = User.new(params[:user])
>    if @user.save
>      flash[:success] = "Welcome new user!"
>      redirect_to @user
>    else
>      @title = "Sign up"
>      render 'new'
>    end
>  end
>
>  def show
>    @user  = User.find(params[:id])
>    @title = @user.userName
>  end
> end
> [/code]
>
> And the view displays with:
> [code]
> <%= flash_helper %>
>
> The helper is:
>
> def flash_helper
>      f_names = [:success]
>      fl = ''
>
>      for name in f_names
>        if flash[name]
>          fl = fl + "<div class=\"notice\">#{flash[name]}</div>"
>        end
>      flash[name] = nil;
>    end
>    return fl.html_safe
>  end
> [/code]
>
> Like I said the flash message works just fine however the test fails any
> ideas would be greatly appreciated.
>
> Hope all is well :)
>
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