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MockMan is a Node.js module that lets you easily create mocks, stubs and spies for use in testing your node application.


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MockMan provides a simple interface for creating mock objects, which can then be injected into your tests.


You will first need to require the module into your tests.

var mockman = require('mockman');

Defining Assertions

MockMan can currently support generating mocks with the literal pattern, and the constructor pattern so they can be instantiated. Once you've defined which type of mock you would like, the pattern is the same for defining the method call assertions.

Literal Pattern
var moduleMock = mockman.literal('SomeModule');
Constructor Pattern
var moduleMock = mockman.instance('SomeModule');
Defining Assertions
// moduleMock::functionName should be called once and return a value

// moduleMock::neverCalledFunction should not be called and return a value
Testing callbacks

If you make use of callbacks, it is quite often useful to simulate different callback return values in your tests. Consider the following callback pattern:

Users.fetchAll(function(err, result) {
    if(err) {
        return false;

    return result;

To test this callback, you can use the "willExecuteCallback" method to control how the callback is executed. This method takes two parameters; the first is the argument number (zero-indexed) where the closure is, and the second is an array of parameters that should be passed to the closure. The following are examples of how you could test the above code:

// Simulates a successful call of fetch
UsersMock.shouldReceive('fetchAll').once().willExecuteCallback(0, [null, ['user1', 'user2', 'user3']]);

// Simulates an unsuccessful fetch
UsersMock.shouldReceive('fetchAll').once().willExecuteCallback(0, ['an error message', null]);

Using the mock objects

Once you have defined your expectations, you will then need to generate the mock object which can be passed into your test.

var mock = moduleMock.getMock();

Checking Assertions

To keep MockMan test suite agnostic, you must call the close method, which will evaluate each of the assertions made. Should this come across an error, for example a method called an unexpected number of times, it will throw an exception. It is recommended that you make this call in your tear down of each test.



MockMan is licensed under the MIT license. Details can be found in the LICENSE file.


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