Unit testing questions

I have been working on a msg4r wrapper that provides a number of
messaging clients (i.e. Websphere MQ, ActiveMQ, Stomp) to ruby all
with that same API. I have some simple unit tests in place that
require the actual messaging systems to be available - this mean that
there is significant work required to setup the test, but when they
run I know that they are actually working. I am considering some sort
of mock approach, but I fear that I will be missing out on testing the
specifics of the wire protocols, timing etc.

I am not sure if there is a “right” answer, but I was wondering if
there were any ideas/hints other developers might have.

Thanks
pth

On 10/26/06, Patrick H. [email protected] wrote:

there were any ideas/hints other developers might have.

If you have tests that work, why change them?

Here are my reasons for using mock objects:

  1. fixture is too complex to configure for unit testing
  2. you do not have control over the entire system (i.e. talking to a
    remote web service)
  3. you are controlling an external device that could be damaged

Mock objects are great, but they require work to maintain. If you can
test without them, great! One less thing to modify when the system
needs to change.

If you are constrained by 1, 2, or 3, then you cannot live without mock
objects.

I’ve used Jim W.'s FlexMock, and I’d highly recommend it. A
fellow rubyist has recommended MockFS for mocking out the entire file
system.

Blessings,
TwP

http://onestepback.org/software/flexmock/
http://rubyforge.org/projects/mockfs/

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