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Basic Tests for Forum Implementation

In this second part of a four-part series on setting up a forum in Ruby on Rails, you'll learn how to unit test a model, generate a forum controller and view, and more. This article is excerpted from chapter six of the book Practical Rails Projects, written by Eldon Alameda (Apress; ISBN: 1590597818).

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May 21, 2010
  1. · Basic Tests for Forum Implementation
  2. · Generating the Controller and View
  3. · Implementing the User Stories
  4. · Creating the Integration Test

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Basic Tests for Forum Implementation - Creating the Integration Test
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First, create the integration test with the generate script:

$ script/generate integration_test Forum

  exists  test/integration/
  create  test/integration/forum_test.rb

If you open the generated test, you can see that it contains one dummy test, which should be removed.

Next, create the new testing DSL for the forum by adding the code shown in Listing 6-3 to test/integration/forum_test.rb .

Listing 6-3. First Version of the Integration Test

require "#{File.dirname(__FILE__)}/../test_helper"

class ForumTest < ActionController::IntegrationTest

  def test_forum


  module ForumTestDSL
    attr_writer :name

  def new_session_as(name)
open_session do |session|
      session.name = name
      yield session if block_given?


The new_session_as method is used for opening a new session for a user. This can be used to simulate George starting his browser and going to the Emporium website, for example. The test_forum method is the main method for the integration test that will use the DSL to test all the user stories as a whole.

Next, add the post_to_forum method to the ForumTestDSL directly after the line attr_writer :name :

def post_to_forum(parameters)
  get "/forum/post"
  assert_response :success
  assert_template "forum/post"

  post "/forum/create", parameters

  assert_response :redirect
  assert_response :success
  assert_template "forum/index"
  return ForumPost.find_by_subject(parameters[:post][:subject])

The post_to_forum method simulates a user creating a new post. First, it opens the URL /forum/post and verifies that it works simply by checking the HTTP status code. Then it creates a new post by calling the /forum/post URL. Next, the test verifies that the request was successful and that there is a redirect to the forum main page. At the end, the method returns the post object that was created by the test, so that we can use it later in the test.

Next, put the new method to use by changing the test_forum method as follows:

  def test_forum
jill = new_session_as(:jill)
post = jill.post_to_forum :post => {
:name => 'Bookworm',
:subject => 'Downtime',
:body => 'Emporium is down again!'

This will test the Post to Forum user story. It simulates Jill creating a new post on the forum. Note that we are saving the post for later use in the integration test, so that we can reply to it.

You can now run the integration test, in true TDD style (it should fail):

$ ruby test/integration/forum_test.rb

Loaded suite test/integration/forum_test Started
Finished in 0.061169 seconds.

  1) Failure:

    [test/integration/forum_test.rb:26:in 'post_to_forum'
     test/integration/forum_test.rb:7:in 'test_forum'
     /usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/actionpack-1.12.1/lib/action_controller/ ?
integration.rb:427:in `run']:
Expected response to be a <:redirect>, but was <200>

1 tests, 3 assertions, 1 failures, 0 errors

It fails because we haven't implemented anything but the test yet. Now let's complete the user story by modifying the controller and views that were created by the generate script.

Please check back next week for the third part of this article.

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