[rspec-users] Testing an API I'm creating, need test server to be running

Sidu Ponnappa ckponnappa at gmail.com
Sat Jan 14 22:00:43 EST 2012


Agreed. This is even more a bullet to bite early if your app orchestrates
over more than one service, or if services talk to other services or both.

Testing this kind of setup is pretty difficult and the tests are typically
very brittle.

Best,
Sidu.
http://c42.in
http://rubymonk.com

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On Jan 15, 2012 7:20 AM, "Hedge Hog" <hedgehogshiatus at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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.
> >
> > <snip/>
> >
> > 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.
> >
> > <snip/>
> >
> > 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
> > programmatically.
> >
> >
> > 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
> this.
> 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
> rack-test :)
> 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
> time.
>
> 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 ;)
>
> HTH
>
> >
> > http://rubydoc.info/gems/rspec-rails/file/README.md#Request_Specs
> > http://guides.rubyonrails.org/testing.html#integration-testing
> >
> >
> >
> >
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