Readable Specs: it renders, it assigns, it flashes

Today i got struck by simplicity, as a reviewer said:
what exactly is response.should render_template(“new”)
and my answer was: it says that it renders new

Usage

  #delete this
  flash[:error].should_not be_nil
  response.should render_template("new")
  response.should redirect_to('/')
  response.should redirect_to(user_path(User.first))

  #enjoy this
  it_flashes :error
  it_renders :new
  it_redirects '/'
  it_redirects User.first

Install

#spec/spec_helper.rb
def it_redirects_to(what)
  what = send(what.class.to_s.underscore+'_path',what) if what.kind_of? ActiveRecord::Base
  response.should redirect_to(what.to_s)
end
alias :it_redirects :it_redirects_to

def it_renders(what)
  response.should render_template(what.to_s)
end

def it_has_flash(what)
  flash[what].should_not be_blank
end
alias :it_flashes :it_has_flash
  
def it_assigns(what,to=nil)
  if to
    assigns[what].should == to
  else
    assigns[what].should_not be_blank
  end
end

Shouldless convention as outlined in my groundbreaking paper. 😉

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