[rspec-users] SOAP / VCR / General Advice

Justin Ko jko170 at gmail.com
Sun Apr 15 22:47:36 UTC 2012

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On Apr 15, 2012, at 4:04 PM, Michael Guterl <mguterl at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 2:24 AM, Justin Ko <jko170 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Apr 11, 2012, at 7:08 AM, Michael Guterl wrote:
>>> I'm building a ruby wrapper for a SOAP service using savon and I'm
>>> running into some issues with testing and I would love some feedback.
>>> I have added some tests with the help of VCR, but unfortunately that
>>> doesn't feel right given some of the constraints I'm running into.
>>> 1. The service provides no test mode or environment.
>>> 2. Putting the service into a known state is difficult because some
>>> objects are soft deleted. Attempting to save an object with the same
>>> unique identifier as a soft deleted object is a unique constraint
>>> violation.  In order to test saving a new object in the system, an
>>> actual new object will need to be created in our production
>>> environment every time.
>>> 3. It is hard to simulate certain conditions because of #2.  Other
>>> conditions like session timeouts are also difficult to simulate,
>>> because it requires actually sleeping in my spec.  Sleeping in the
>>> spec is only necessary when not using VCR cassettes, once they are in
>>> place the sleep is no longer needed.
>>> 4. In the past when using VCR, I would be able to clear my
>>> spec/cassettes directory, run the tests again, and refresh what was
>>> there.  Because of #2 this isn't possible for any tests that persist
>>> new objects using the service.
>>> The only thing I can come up with is building a clone of the service
>>> using sinatra and provide a subset of the functionality I need for
>>> testing.  I'm fairly certain this will allow me to get around all of
>>> the constraints I mentioned and allow me to stub out specific requests
>>> to simulate different conditions.
>>> Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
>>> Best,
>>> Michael Guterl
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>> They technically have no "sandbox", but could you open another production account for your own personal sandbox? Otherwise you're dealing with some serious limitations.
> I could, but I'm still dealing with the constraint that records can
> never be deleted: #2.  

So just pass a unique identifier each time. If the algorithm isn't unique enough, have some retry logic.

> Also the fact that there is no way to simulate
> certain conditions is also painful.  A good API should have a way for
> me to simulate an error, no?  

Correct. I would drop this company if you can.

> I'm getting by with little or no tests
> around this code, but I don't think it will last for long...
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