How to access local variable(s) of controller methods called via RSpec in Rails 3

Hi,

I’m testing for action caching via RSpec. Currently the method that is
cached is in a controller. I’m able to call this method using
subject.send(:method_name) Thanks to this
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/5200326/rspec-testing-calling-controller-method-received-nomethoderror.

I want to test a scenario to check if action caching is perfectly
working. My test case goes something like this:-

Step 1 : Call the action which is cached. This action has an
instance variable which stores queried results of user specific stats
like number of users belonging to each of the areas out of a number of
areas within a city. I need to fetch the initial set of results some how
from the controller to my spec file.( The question is how do I do that
?
)

Step 2: Update an area for a single user. This would change the
overall stats wrt this area(if it already exists) or would add a new
area if its completely unique.

Step 3: Recall the cached action, and check If I am still able to
end up with the old results, not the latest changes as of what was done
in step 2; in terms area stats for the users. Now to do this, I need to
use the instance variable result as in Step 1, with an instance variable
result I obtain after recalling the cached action this very Step.

Step 4: Finally , comparing both results, they should be same. This
would pass my test case.

The BIG Question again, how do I access the local variable(s) of a
controller method in my spec file?

Thanks.

On Nov 17, 2011, at 10:52 AM, Mohnish G j wrote:

Step 1 : Call the action which is cached. This action has an
Step 3: Recall the cached action, and check If I am still able to
end up with the old results, not the latest changes as of what was done
in step 2; in terms area stats for the users. Now to do this, I need to
use the instance variable result as in Step 1, with an instance variable
result I obtain after recalling the cached action this very Step.

Step 4: Finally , comparing both results, they should be same. This
would pass my test case.

The BIG Question again, how do I access the local variable(s) of a
controller method in my spec file?

You don’t need to, so why would you want to?

Here’s the strategy I use to spec caching, and I think this is pretty
common.

  1. In a request spec (or integration, if you prefer that naming), write
    an end to end example that specifies that you repeatedly get the same
    result. This doesn’t say anything about caching, just that the same
    result comes back twice. This should have no stubbing or mocking. It
    will be slow, but there’s only one of these.

  2. In a controller spec, set a message expectation on a model that the
    query is only requested once, and invoke the controller action twice.
    e.g.

User.should_receive(:in_zipcode).once
get :the_action_that_is_being_cached
get :the_action_that_is_being_cached

That’s it! No need to interrogate internals. No need to actually access
data. The only thing being mocked is on the surface of the object.

Now you probably want to specify how/when the cache expires as well, but
that’s a different matter. This only covers the caching itself.

HTH,
David

Now you probably want to specify how/when the cache expires as well, but
that’s a different matter. This only covers the caching itself.

HTH,
David

Thanks David, your inputs were really useful. How do you suggest I can
test expiry of cache in this scenario. Are there any common strategies
for this too?

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