[rspec-users] Stubs and contract tests

David Chelimsky dchelimsky at gmail.com
Fri May 11 16:48:54 UTC 2012

On Fri, May 11, 2012 at 9:24 AM, Alexandre de Oliveira <
chavedomundo at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hey guys, could you help me (in)validating an idea?
> As you might know, Contract tests solve a problem stubs have: if the
> object interface changes, the stubbed tests will continue passing.
> In RSpec, it's common to use a shared_context to describe contracts, so
> both Posts and Comments tests would have PostsCommentsContract. If
> Comment's interface ever changed, Posts tests would present a failure
> wherever we ran it. However, it won't tell us which stubbed methods were
> invalid now; it just tell us the file that have invalid stubs.
> If we had, for example, #stub_contract(:method), automatically raising
> a failure if its reference (double) object's interface changed, how would
> it be bad?
> I'm trying to think the cons of it. Could you guys help me finding it?

See https://github.com/rspec/rspec-mocks/issues/15
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