"Everyday Rails Testing with RSpec" Book Writeup

July 10, 2012

What’s the point?
Everyday Rails Testing with RSpec focuses on getting started with RSpec testing in Rails. Instead of assuming the reader has started by TDDing an app, the book takes the approach of adding tests to an existing project so you are setup to do TDD going forward.

How was it?
I found the book to be a refreshing take on testing in Rails. My current Rails project is in the state described by the book: functional, but without tests. The author takes a very pragmatic approach to testing, opting to forgo using some popular options, such as Cucumber, in favor of a simpler workflow.

The book covers model and controller specs, factories, integration testing, and then a few other odds and ends.

Unfortunately, the sample app does not stray far from basic CRUD scaffolding - which was disappointing. I had also hoped that this book would be more of an intermediate level book, but found it to spend a bit too much on the basics of RSpec and DRY’ing up the tests.

Overall, the book was useful and helped me get back on track with testing my Rails project - but I would have liked to see some of the concepts applied to a more advanced app. Given the title is “Everyday Rails”, I don’t think the samples were representative of a real Rails app.

Who should read it?
Developers looking to get started with testing Rails applications using RSpec. You will probably want some background knowledge on using Rails before picking up this book.

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