Chris Mendez in Ruby, For Developers

Rails 5 Testing using Rspec

This basic tutorial will show you how to configure Rspec for Rails 5. This is really geared towards new Rails developers. My goal was to help give some guidance on what gem packages to install and how to create your first feature spec.

Getting Started

Step 1

Create a new rails app.

Note: We're skipping the creation of tasks so that we can use Rspec instead of default MiniTask.

rails _5.0.0_ new my_rails_test --skip-test && cd my_rails_test  

If you find yourself with errors and you don't have Rails 5 installed, I suggest reading this tutorial first.

Optional: This little in-line ruby script will remove all the comments in Gemfile and make a Gemfile.bak just in case.

ruby -pi.bak -pe "gsub(/^#.*\n/, '')" Gemfile  

Step 2

The next step is update our Gemfile with the rspec packages.

# ###
# ###

gem 'spring-commands-rspec', :groups => [:development, :test]  
gem 'rspec-rails', :groups => [:development, :test]  
gem 'factory_girl_rails', :groups => [:development, :test]  
gem 'capybara', :groups => [:development]  

Capybara is a tool aimed at helping you navigate through the page, fill out forms and other things that simulate user generated actions and behavior.

Step 3

Now go to Terminal and run bundle

bundle install  

Step 4

Let's install rspec

rails g rspec:install  

Step 5

Let's also prepare ourselves for spring

bundle exec spring binstub --all  

Step 6

Organize your specs using directories. Let's first start by adding a features spec.

mkdir ./spec/features && cd ./spec/features  

Step 7

Create your first features spec.

touch homepage_spec.rb  

Step 8

Paste this into your first feature spec spec/features/homepage_spec.rb. In feature spec, we use a new set of words including feature and scenario. This is the behavior driven development (BDD) style of wording.

require 'rails_helper'

feature 'my home page' do  
    scenario 'hello world message' do
        #Use capybara to auto complete forms and navigate   
        expect(page).to have_content("Hello World!")

Step 9

Time to run the spec. In this case, all of them.


Congratulations! You've completed your first spec.

The next step is for you to solve the errors that Rspec is announcing.

Making the Most of Tasks

Rails tasks are awesome. They can be used to create tiny little scripts that you'd otherwise have to memorize. For example, here are a few tasks I've created specifically to create, drop, and populate the test database. Yes, by now, I should be able to memorize them but the truth is, I can't and don't have to.



These suite of tasks are designed to drop, create, load and seed a test database. The only thing that's unique about them is RAILS_ENV=test but this beats me having to memorize these little details.