Cucumber vs ActiveRecord 2.3 — Attempt to call private method (NoMethodError)

All of the sudden some columns began to misbehave in cucumber tests, claiming that “Attempt to call private method (NoMethodError)” on normal column attributes!

A simple fix for this, essentially saying that a method is not private when its a column:

#features/support/ar_private_fix.rb required from env.rb
unless ActiveRecord::Base.methods.include?('private_method_defined_with_fix?')
  class ActiveRecord::Base
    class << self
      def private_method_defined_with_fix?(method)
        return false if columns_hash.keys.include?(method.to_s)
        private_method_defined_without_fix?(method)
      end
      alias_method_chain :private_method_defined?, :fix
    end
  end
end
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More Cucumber Common Steps and Love

You just have to love this “syntax” 😀
Story

#features/discussion.feature
Scenario: I add to an discussion
    Given I am logged in
    And a "Discussion" exists for "Festival" "1"
    And I am on "Festival" "1"
    When I fill in "Text" with "Halloo"
    And I press "Send"
    Then I should be on "Festival" "1"
    And I should see "Halloo"

Steps

#features/step_definitions/common_steps.rb 
# On page/record
Given /^I am on "([^"]*)"$/ do |path|
  visit path
end

Then /^I should be on "([^"]*)"$/ do |path|
  current_path.should == path
end

Given /^I am on "([^"]*)" "([^"]*)"$/ do |model,number|
  visit polymorphic_path(record_from_strings(model,number))
end

Then /^I should be on "([^"]*)" "([^"]*)"$/ do |model,number|
   current_path.should == polymorphic_path(record_from_strings(model,number))
end

# Existing
Given /^a "([^"]*)" exists for "([^"]*)" "([^"]*)"$/ do |associated,model,number|
  record = record_from_strings(model,number)
  record.send(associated.underscore+'=',valid(associated))
  record.save!
end


# Login
Then /^I should be logged in$/ do
  should be_logged_in
end

Given /^I am logged in$/ do
  visit 'login'
  fill_in 'email', :with=>'quentin@example.com'
  fill_in 'password', :with=>'test'
  click_button 'Login'
end


# Support
def current_path
  response.request.request_uri
end

def record_from_strings(model,number)
  model.constantize.find(:first,:offset=>number.to_i-1)
end

env.rb

#features/support/env.rb
#load all fixtures
include AuthenticatedTestHelper #restful_authentification
include ValidAttributes #http://github.com/grosser/valid_attributes

Getting Started with Cucumber on Ubuntu

I finally found some time to mess with cucumber, its pretty nice but has some edges and quircks… but for now i like it 🙂

Install
This was rather hard… (these libraries and frex should not be necessary for mac)

sudo apt-get install libxslt1-dev libxml2-dev racc
sudo gem install aaronp-frex brynary-webrat
sudo gem install cucumber
./script/generate cucumber
rake features

First story

#features/signup.feature
Feature: Signup
  Scenario: A new user comes to the page and wants to register.
    Given I am on "/"
    When I click "register"
    And I fill in "user[name]" with "Michael G"
    And I fill in "Email" with "test@test.de"
    And I fill in "Password" with "test"
    And I fill in "Password confirmation" with "test"
    And I press "Register for the free basic account"
    Then I should be on "/"
    And I should be logged in
    And I should see a flash about "activation"

Environment setup

#append to features/support/env.rb
#load all fixtures -- https://pragmatig.wordpress.com/2008/12/25/load-all-fixtures-when-not-in-test/
include AuthenticatedTestHelper # restful authentification
include RspecResponseEnhancer # https://pragmatig.wordpress.com/2008/04/20/rspec-responseshould-information-enhancers/

Common steps
There is a nice collection of steps already available in steps/webrat_steps, but some basics where missing….

#features/step_definitions/common_steps.rb
When /^I click "(.*)"$/ do |link|
  click_link(link)
end

When /^I am on "(.*)"$/ do |path|
  header('Accept-Language','EN-en')
  visit path
end

Then /^I should be on "(.*)"$/ do |path|
  response.request.request_uri.should == path
end

Then /^I should see a flash about "(.*)"/ do |message|
  doc.search('div.flash_notice').inner_html.include?(message).should be_true
end

Then /^I should be logged in$/ do
  should be_logged_in
end

def doc
  Hpricot(response.body)
end

Output

 rake features
Feature: Signup  # features/signup.feature
  Scenario: A new user comes to the page and wants to register.  # features/signup.feature:2
    Given I am on "/"                                            # features/step_definitions/common_steps.rb:6
    When I click register                                        # features/step_definitions/common_steps.rb:1
    And I fill in "user[name]" with "Michael G"            # features/step_definitions/webrat_steps.rb:12
    And I fill in "Email" with "test@test.de"                    # features/step_definitions/webrat_steps.rb:12
    And I fill in "Password" with "test"                         # features/step_definitions/webrat_steps.rb:12
    And I fill in "Password confirmation" with "test"            # features/step_definitions/webrat_steps.rb:12
    And I press "Register for the free basic account"            # features/step_definitions/webrat_steps.rb:4
    Then I should be on "/"                                      # features/step_definitions/common_steps.rb:11
    And I should be logged in                                    # features/step_definitions/common_steps.rb:19
    And I should see a flash about "activation"                  # features/step_definitions/common_steps.rb:15

10 steps passed

Feels great to write stories again, sadly takes more time then unit tests, but the readability is superb! IMO a very nice way of doing integration tests…