[rspec-users] Testing an API I'm creating, need test server to be running
hedgehogshiatus at gmail.com
Sat Jan 14 20:25:34 EST 2012
On Sun, Jan 15, 2012 at 3:36 AM, David Chelimsky <dchelimsky at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Jan 14, 2012, at 10:32 AM, David Chelimsky wrote:
> On Jan 14, 2012, at 8:40 AM, apneadiving wrote:
> As I am writing a brand new API, I'd like to test it's response.
> Basically, it would be great in my case to test if ActiveResource gets
> the expected data but it means I have to launch a test server in
> background for the whole suite.
> Is there a convenient to handle this? Currently, I launch the test
> server in console but it would be much better to have this handled
> I'd recommend you check out https://github.com/brynary/rack-test.
> It provides access to attributes of the request and the response object, and
> obviates the need for running a server. Take a look at its
> specs: https://github.com/brynary/rack-test/blob/master/spec/rack/test_spec.rb.
> Of course, you get rack-test for free if you use request specs (which wrap
> Rails integration tests, which use rack-test).
This could be considered to be off topic, but rack-test was advised....
Some think this issue is a trap for young players, others that it is
just a different test philosophy. Nonetheless:
After a while you will eventually face the fact that you _have_ to
test responses from your whole 'stack', specifically all the
interactions of the different components, and rack-test does _not_ do
Better to bite this bullet early.
FWIW I have unit tests that are just that, and integration tests that
are, well, integration tests - which precludes (by definition) using
To get interagtion tests running (quickly) you'll likely need to use
Vagrant+Chef+VCR, or some such toolbox, to launch your test stack
(locally, AWS, Rackspace etc.)
Again, this is inevitable, so better to bite integration testing early
while things are simple - build the complexity incrementally over
>From someone who years ago wasted too many days trying to isolate
issues that rack-test happily passed.
Now at least you can't say your weren't forewarned ;)
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