Fixing my testing workflow

Okay I’m bored of this. I need to talk about it.

I love to use Ruby, RSpec, Cucumber and Rails to do test-driven development, but my tools for running tests are just infuriatingly dumb. Here’s what I want:

  • When a test fails, it should be kept on a list until it has been seen to pass
  • When more than one test fails:
    • Show me the list, let me choose one
    • Focus on that one until it passes, or I ask to go ‘back up’ to the list
    • When it passes, go back up to the list and let me choose again
    • When the list is empty, I get a free biscuit
  • When a test case is run, a mapping should be stored to the source files that were covered as it ran so that:
    • When a file changes, I can use that mapping to guess which test cases to run. Fuck all this naming convention stuff, it’s full of holes.
    • At any time, I can pipe the git diff though the tool to figure out which test cases to run to cover the entire commit I’m about to make.

When I say test case, I personally mean:

  • An RSpec example
  • A Cucumber scenario

…but it should work for any other testing framework too.

I feel like having a tool like this that I trusted would make a huge difference to me. There are all these various scrappy little pieces of the puzzle around: guard plugins, autotest, cucover, cucumber’s rerun formatter. None of them seem to quite do it, for me. Am I missing something?

Or shall we make one?

Agile / Lean Software Development
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Using Capybara with RSpec Outside Cucumber

If you want to try using Capybara for browser automation on it’s own, here’s a simple script to get you started:

require 'rubygems'
require 'capybara'
require 'capybara/dsl'
Capybara.default_driver = :selenium
Capybara.app_host = ""
require "rspec/expectations"
class Google
  include Capybara
  include RSpec::Matchers
  def search_for(text)
    visit "/"
    fill_in "q", :with => text
    click_button "Search"
  def ensure_results_contain(expected_text)
    page.should have_content(expected_text)
google =
google.search_for("Matt Wynne")

To make this work you’ll need to install the capybara and rspec Ruby gems:

gem install capybara rspec

Agile / Lean Software Development
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Behaviour-Driving Routes in Rails with RSpec

One thing that isn’t documented very well for RSpec is how to test your routes.

I came across an old post on the rspec mailing list which described a great way to do this:

describe TasksController "routing" do
    it "should route POST request for /tasks to the 'create' action" do
        params_from(:post, "/tasks").should == {:controller =>; "tasks", :action =>; "create"}

Very nice.

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