Testing a model method - private method?

Hi everyone,

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

def html_email
return “” + self.email + “
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 + “”), @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:inmethod_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

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.

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! :slight_smile:

Sean

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