Rspec matchers are a lot like predicates. Predicates that can talk … The good thing about predicates, as anybody who has done a bit of functional programming will tell you, is that they are easy to combine together into bigger predicates. I was really suprised to see that rspec does not come with such simple combinators as ‘and’ or ‘or’.
Here is a gist where I define simple combinators :
With this and the email_spec matchers, it is possible to write something like this to find if an email was sent by rails :
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It enables expressive test code and high reusability.
Using the ‘all’ combinator it is possible to write things like that :
I had to prepend ‘all’ and ‘and’ with an underscore because I would otherwise get conflicts… I’m not overly satisfied with this, but it will do for the moment.
I was happily supprised by the readability of error messages when the mach fails. Rspec does a very good job about this. I think it would be possible to get even better error messages by explicity using the sub matchers messages though. If anyone is interested, help yourself !