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Specify

BDD style code blocks for PHPUnit or Codeception

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Specify allows you to write your tests in more readable BDD style, the same way you might have experienced with Jasmine. Inspired by MiniTest of Ruby now you combine BDD and classical TDD style in one test.

Installation

Requires PHP >= 7.1

  • Install with Composer:
composer require codeception/specify --dev
  • Include
    Codeception\Specify
    trait in your tests.

Usage

Specify

$this->specify
method to add isolated test blocks for your PHPUnit tests!
public function testValidation()
{
    $this->assertInstanceOf('Model', $this->user);

$this->specify('username is required', function() {
    $this->user->username = null;
    $this->assertFalse($this->user->validate(['username']));
});

$this->specify('username is too long', function() {
    $this->user->username = 'toolooooongnaaaaaaameeee';
    $this->assertFalse($this->user->validate(['username']));
});

}

BDD Example

Specify supports

describe-it
and
describe-should
BDD syntax inside PHPUnit
public function testValidation()
{
    $this->describe('user', function () {
        $this->it('should have a name', function() {
            $this->user->username = null;
            $this->assertFalse($this->user->validate(['username']));
        });
    });

// you can use chained methods for better readability:
$this->describe('user')
    ->should('be ok with valid name', function() {
        $this->user->username = 'davert';
        $this->assertTrue($this->user->validate(['username']));
    })
    ->shouldNot('have long name', function() {
        $this->user->username = 'toolooooongnaaaaaaameeee';
        $this->assertFalse($this->user->validate(['username']));
    })
    // empty codeblocks are marked as Incomplete tests
    ->it('should be ok with valid name') 
;

}

Specify + Verify Example

Use Codeception/Verify for simpler assertions:

public function testValidation()
{
    $this->specify('username is too long', function() {
        $this->user->username = 'toolooooongnaaaaaaameeee';
        expect_not($this->user->validate(['username']));
    });

$this->specify('username is ok', function() {
    $this->user->username = 'davert';
    expect_that($this->user->validate(['username']));
});

}

Use Case

This tiny library makes your tests readable by organizing them in nested code blocks. This allows to combine similar tests into one but put them inside nested sections.

This is very similar to BDD syntax as in RSpec or Mocha but works inside PHPUnit:

/** @specify */
protected $user; // is cloned inside specify blocks

public function setUp(): void
{
    $this->user = new User;
}

public function testValidation()
{
    $this->user->name = 'davert';
    $this->specify('i can change my name', function() {
       $this->user->name = 'jon';
       $this->assertEquals('jon', $this->user->name);
    });
    // user name is 'davert' again
    $this->assertEquals('davert', $this->user->name);
}

}

Each code block is isolated. This means call to

$this->specify
does not change values of properties of a test class. Isolated properties should be marked with
@specify
annotation.

Failure in

specify
block won't get your test stopped.
specify('failing but test goes on', function() {
    $this->fail('bye');
});
$this->assertTrue(true);

// Assertions: 2, Failures: 1 ?>

If a test fails you will see specification text in the result.

Isolation

Isolation is achieved by cloning object properties for each specify block. Only properties marked with

@specify
annotation are cloned.
/** @specify */
protected $user; // cloning

/**

  • @specify
  • */ protected $user; // cloning

protected $repository; // not cloning

Objects are cloned using deep cloning method.

If object cloning affects performance, consider turning the clonning off.

Mocks are isolated by default.

A mock defined inside a specify block won't be executed inside an outer test, and mock from outer test won't be triggered inside codeblock.

createMock(Config::class);
$config->expects($this->once())->method('init');

$config->init(); // success: $config->init() was executed

$this->specify('this should not fail', function () { $config = $this->createMock(Config::class); $config->expects($this->never())->method('init')->willReturn(null); // success: $config->init() is never executed });

Examples: DataProviders alternative

specify('should calculate square numbers', function($number, $square) {
    $this->assertEquals($square, $number*$number);
}, ['examples' => [
        [2,4],
        [3,9]
]]);

You can also use DataProvider functions in

examples
param.
specify('should calculate square numbers', function($number, $square) {
    $this->assertEquals($square, $number*$number);
}, ['examples' => $this->provider()]);

Can also be used with real data providers:

specify('should assert data provider', function ($example) use ($param) {
        $this->assertGreaterThanOrEqual(5, $param + $example);
    }, ['examples' => [[4], [7], [5]]]);
}

public function someData() { return [[1], [2]]; }

Before/After

There are also before and after callbacks, which act as setUp/tearDown but for specify.

beforeSpecify(function() {
    // prepare something;   
});
$this->afterSpecify(function() {
    // reset something
});
$this->cleanSpecify(); // removes before/after callbacks
?>

API

Available methods:

// Starts a specify code block:
$this->specify(string $thing, callable $code = null, $examples = [])

// Starts a describe code block. Same as 'specify' but expects chained 'it' or 'should' methods. $this->describe(string $feature, callable $code = null)

// Starts a code block. If 'code' is null, marks test as incomplete. $this->it(string $spec, callable $code = null, $examples = []) $this->its(string $spec, callable $code = null, $examples = [])

// Starts a code block. Same as 'it' but prepends 'should' or 'should not' into description. $this->should(string $behavior, callable $code = null, $examples = []) $this->shouldNot(string $behavior, callable $code = null, $examples = [])

Printer Options

For PHPUnit, add

Codeception\Specify\ResultPrinter
printer into
phpunit.xml

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License: MIT.

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