Modernizing Lunchpicker Part 2

When I wrote lunchpicker, I was obviously not yet enlightened with TDD. While migrating lunchpicker from Rails 2 to Rails 3, I took the opportunity to learn RSpec. So again, here is my journey with RSpec. Since lunchpicker is a Rails app, I’ll be using rspec-rails

1.) Some stuff from the Sass plugin has been deprecated in Rails3. Remove the plugin by removing the directory in vendor/plugins and add in your Gemfile.

2.) Move filter_parameter_logging in application_controller.rb to /config/application.rb

3.) Remove the test folder because we’ll be using Rspec

4.) Add the following lines into your Gemfile. These gems should be loaded in Dev and Testing environments only.

group :development, :test do
  gem 'rspec-rails'
  gem 'spork'
  gem 'awesome_print', :require => 'ap'
  gem 'mocha'
  gem 'shoulda'
  gem 'vcr'
  gem 'webmock', :require => false

5.) Run bundle install and then run rails g rspec:install. This will create the rspec folder and the rake file to create a test database.

6.) The structure of your spec/ directory should mirror that of app/. For example, the spec file for app/models/location.rb would be spec/models/location_spec.rb.

7.) Create your rspec test! Need example? See here.

8.) Now, in the lunchpicker directory, type bundle exec rspec spec. This will run the tests. Since we’re testing the controllers and models, rspec would need to bootstrap all the Rails stuff. The result? Slowness.

9.) To overcome this, we’ll be using spork to bootstrap the Rails libraries. Open another terminal window and cd to the lunchpicker folder. Type in bundle exec spork rspec.

10.) Open another window and cd into the lunchpicker folder. Type in bundle exec rspec --drb spec. Notice that the tests run faster. If you change any Rails related config, remember to restart spork.

What’s VCR? VCR records your test suite’s HTTP interactions and replay them during future test runs for fast, deterministic, accurate tests. We’re interacting with Google Weather which is an external API.

ps. lunchpicker is now Rails 3

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