Hi, If I have this line in my model: validates_presence_of :name, :message => "Please enter a name" and I test this with the following code: def test_should_require_name user= User.new(valid_user_attributes(:name => "")) assert !applicant.save end Is there a way to write an additional test to ensure that not only the name field may not be blank, but that if it is blank the message "Please neter a name" is thrown? Many thanks
on 2009-05-28 19:56
on 2009-05-28 20:03
Yep try... def test_should_not_be_valid_without_name user = User.new user.valid? assert_equal user.errors.on(:name), "Please enter a name" end
on 2009-05-28 20:11
Hi, That worked perfectly. Thank you very much.
on 2009-05-28 20:19
You're welcome. Just a little advice - It's generally better practice to be more specific with the names of your tests. I find it helps define exactly what it is you're testing for. Here's an article about BDD if you're interested: http://dannorth.net/introducing-bdd
on 2009-05-28 21:43
> Here's an article about BDD if you're interested: > http://dannorth.net/introducing-bdd Hey, cool article. Thanks a lot. I will read that through this evening. I'm still a bit new to TDD and am still finding my way around, so thanks for the advice.
on 2009-05-28 22:10
I'd also recommend checking out rspec. It's a BDD framework that helps you write tests that feel a lot more intuitive than the default rails testing suite. simply install the rspec gem and the rspec-rails gem Specs are written like: describe User do it "should not be valid without a name" do user = User.new user.valid? user.errors.on(:name).should == "can't be blank" end end Hope you find that useful :)
on 2009-05-29 00:09
> Hope you find that useful > :) Thanks for the tip. I'm currently reading a book "Professional Webdevelopment with RoR2" by Jens-Christian F. and he's just getting into Rspec. I wasn't sure how indepth I should read that part, but now I will definitely take the time to check it out.