Underscore and backbone Matchers for Jasmine-Node
expect(snafu).toInclude('s', 'n', 'a') // if snafu is an array, this is equivalent to: expect( _(snafu).include('s') && _(snafu).include('n') && _(snafu).include('a') ).toBeTruthy() // if snafu is a Backbone.js collection, this is equivalent to: expect( snafu.include('s') && snafu.include('n') && snafu.include('a') ).toBeTruthy()
That makes your tests easy to read, for example:
$ -> describe 'States and StateMachines', -> it 'should associate states with a state machine and the state machine with its states', -> engine_status = new StateMachine() running = engine_status.new_state() idling = engine_status.new_state() expect(running).toRepondTo('state_machine') expect(engine_status.states()).toInclude(running, idling) it 'should generate states with rpm', -> engine_status = new StateMachine() running = engine_status.new_state() expect(running).toBeA(State) expect(running).toHave('rpm')
Let's take it point by point:
- If you are using Underscore or Backbone and you are using Jasmine, your tests will be cleaner and more readable with these Underscore matchers for the same reason that your code is cleaner and more readable with Underscore.
npm install UnderscoreMatchersForJasmine
If you're using Coffeescript, put
underscore_matchers.js in your project. It's one file, just make sure that your include declarations or asset pipeline includes
jasmine.js. That's it. For example, here's a Jammit
assets.yml file from a Rails project:
You can also put
underscore_matchers_spec.js in your project if you want to see these matchers test themselves. It's also handy documentation for how the matchers behave!
This is what I happen to need right now for my actual code. As I write more matchers, I'll add them. So, if you're interested, watch the library. I suppose I could go through and make a matcher for every function in Underscore, but I'd rather let it grow organically. If there's a matcher you need that isn't here, well, we're all in the same boat:
- If you're a passenger, send me a message describing the matcher you want. If it seems useful, I'll add it.
- If you're a sailor, fork this project, add the matcher, and send me a pull request.
- If you're the captain of your own ship, and you've already written some matchers like this, run up some signal flags and I'll include links to your project right here.
- And if you're a pirate, take this code and/or just the idea and make your own library. I'm cool with that.
Who's Using This?
Is there a gem?
Some matchers, such as
toRespondTo(...) can take multiple arguments. When they do, they have "all" semantics. For example:
expect([1,2,3,4,5]).toRespondTo('push', 'pop') // => succeeds because arrays respond to .push and .pop expect([1,2,3,4,5]).toInclude(2,3,4,5,6) // => fails because 6 is not included.
Now what if you want to test the opposite?
expect([1,2,3,4,5]).not.toInclude(2,3,4,5,6) // succeeds because it doesn't include 2, 3, 4, 5, AND 6.
If that's what you want, fine. But if what you really want is to test whether it doesn't include ANY of the arguments, you need a slightly different matcher:
expect([1,2,3,4,5]).toRespondToAny('push', 'select_sql', 'diagonalize') // => succeeds because arrays respond to at least one of the three methods given expect([1,2,3,4,5]).toIncludeAny(2,3,4,5,6) // => succeeds because it includes at least one of the arguments
The opposite of an "any" matcher is a "none" matcher:
expect([1,2,3,4,5]).not.toIncludeAny(3, 6, 9) // => fails because [1,2,3,4,5] includes a 3 expect([1,2,3,4,5]).not.toIncludeAny(6, 9, 12) // => succeeds because [1,2,3,4,5] does not include ANY of the aarguments
Is this just for underscore stuff?
No. I also sneak in some Backbone stuff here and there, but the code works just fine even if you don't use Backbone.js. For example:
$ -> describe 'States', -> it 'should permit cards to be added and removed', -> state = new State() card = new Card() expect(state.cards()).toBeEmpty() state.cards().add(card) expect(state.cards()).not.toBeEmpty() state.cards().remove(card) expect(state.cards()).toBeEmpty()
toBeEmpty is more than just a wrapper for
expect( _().isEmpty() ).toBeTruthy() // => succeeds expect( _(new Backbone.Collection()).isEmpty() ).toBeTruthy() // => fails, wtf!? expect().toBeEmpty() // => succeeds expect(new Backbone.Collection()).toBeEmpty() // => succeeds
The same goes for collection tests like
.toInclude. You can pass it a backbone collection or an array as you see fit. If you don't want that behaviour, Jasmine includes a
contains() matcher that expects an array.