Forum: Ruby on Rails Testing a model method - private method?

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Sean H. (Guest)
on 2006-01-25 22:59
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Hi everyone,

I'm trying to test a method in my model:

def html_email
  return "<a href='mailto:" + self.email + "'>" + self.email + "</a>"
end

The method works ok.  But when I try to test it:

    assert_equal ("<a href='mailto:" + people(:staff1_person).email +
"'>" + people(:staff1_person).email + "</a>"), @person.html_email

I get a failure:

  1) Error:
test_html_email(PersonTest):
NoMethodError: private method `html_email' called for
#<Person:0x256b460>
    /Applications/Locomotive/Bundles/rails-1.0.0-max.bundle/Contents/Resources/ports/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/activerecord-1.13.2/lib/active_record/base.rb:1501:in
`method_missing'
    test/unit/person_test.rb:32:in `test_html_email'

The method works without errors (that I can see) when using it in a
view.  Why not in a test?

Thanks,

Sean
Derrick S. (Guest)
on 2006-01-25 23:02
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Somewhere above the html_email method you have the keyword
'private'.  You need to move the html_email method above the private
keyword or it will only be accessible by member functions of your model.

-Derrick S.
Sean H. (Guest)
on 2006-01-25 23:08
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That wasn't it, but it clued me into what it was.  The method was
defined AFTER the Person class definition ended.

What's the statute of limitations on calling oneself a newbie?  I'm
going to have to finish off these posts with "Sorry, I'm a doofus"
instead.

Thanks, Derrick!  :)

Sean
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