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Browsing and Searching an Online Book Catalog

In this second part of a three-part series on building an online book catalog in Ruby-on-Rails, you'll learn how to set up the application to allow users to view book details and search for books. This article is excerpted from chapter four of the book Practical Rails Projects, written by Eldon Alameda (Apress; ISBN: 1590597818).

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May 18, 2010
  1. · Browsing and Searching an Online Book Catalog
  2. · Adding Links
  3. · Implementing the Search Books User Story
  4. · Updating the Integration Test

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Browsing and Searching an Online Book Catalog - Updating the Integration Test
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We start by extending our integration test to span searching, too. We do this by adding a new method,searches_for_tolstoy, to theBrowsingTestDSLmodule intest/integration/ browsing_and_searching_test.rb, as shown in Listing 4-2.

Listing 4-2. Test Method for Book Searches

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

class BrowsingAndSearchingTest < ActionController::IntegrationTest
  fixtures :publishers, :authors, :books, :authors_books

  def test_browsing_the_site
    jill = enter_site(:jill)


  def test_getting_details
    jill = enter_site(:jill)
    jill.get_book_details_for "Pride and Prejudice"


  module BrowsingTestDSL
include ERB::Util
    attr_writer :name

    def browse_index
      get "/catalog"

      assert_response :success
      assert_template "catalog/index"
      assert_tag      :tag => "dl", :attributes =>
                        { :id => "books" },
                      :children =>
                        { :count => 10, :only =>
                          {:tag => "dt"}}
      assert_tag :tag => "dt", :content => "The Idiot"

    def go_to_second_page
      get "/catalog?page=2"
      assert_response :success
      assert_template "catalog/index"
      assert_equal    Book.find_by_title("Pro Rails E-Commerce"),

    def get_book_details_for(title)
      @book = Book.find_by_title(title)

      get /catalog/show/#{@book.id}
      assert_response :success
      assert_template "catalog/show"

      assert_tag      :tag => "h1",
                      :content => @book.title
      assert_tag      :tag => "h2",
                      :content => "by #{@book.authors.map{|a| a.name}}"

    def searches_for_tolstoy
      leo = Author.find_by_first_name_and_last_name("Leo", "Tolstoy")

      get "/catalog/search?q=#{url_encode("Leo Tolstoy")}"
      assert_response :success
      assert_template "catalog/search"

      assert_tag      :tag => "dl", :attributes =>
                        { :id => "books" },
                      :children =>
                        { :count => leo.books.size, :only =>
                          {:tag => "dt"}}

      leo.books.each do |book|
        assert_tag :tag => "dt", :content => book.title

    def check_book_links
      for book in assigns(:books)
        assert_tag    :tag => "a", :attributes =>
                        { :href => "/catalog/show/#{book.id}"}

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

Our new test method makes Jill search for Leo Tolstoy with a search form and checks that the resulting result list will have exactly as many books as Leo has provided the shop, namely two. We use theurl_encodemethod to escape white space from the search string. It is provided by theERB::Utillibrary, so we need to require it at the beginning of our module. Last, we test that the books in the resulting list have the correct names by going through all the books written by Leo and checking that there is adtelement containing the book’s title.

Please check back tomorrow for the conclusion to this series.

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