#create tests fail when I add FriendlyId to my model

I am doing controller testing, and I can't seem to get the create method test to pass when friendly_id is added to the mix. If I comment it out of the model, the tests all pass perfectly. The moment I add it back in, the error looks like this:

   1) Error:
test_create_valid(BrandsControllerTest):
FriendlyId::BlankError: FriendlyId::BlankError
     app/controllers/brands_controller.rb:16:in `create'
     test/functional/brands_controller_test.rb:27:in `test_create_valid'

Here's the relevant line in brand.rb:

   has_friendly_id :name, :use_slug => true, :approximate_ascii => true

Here's the test (using mocha):

   def test_create_valid
     Brand.any_instance.stubs(:valid?).returns(true)
     post :create
     assert_redirected_to brand_url(assigns(:brand))
   end

Here's the fixture:

one:
   name: MyString
   image_file_name: MyString
   image_content_type: MyString
   image_file_size: 1
   image_updated_at: 2011-08-03 10:49:03
   tease: MyText
   description: MyText

All other tests pass, and if I comment out has_friendly_id, the create tests pass as well. Does this ring any bells for anyone?

Thanks in advance,

Walter

I am doing controller testing, and I can’t seem to get the create
method test to pass when friendly_id is added to the mix. If I comment
it out of the model, the tests all pass perfectly. The moment I add it
back in, the error looks like this:

  1. Error:
    test_create_valid(BrandsControllerTest):
    FriendlyId::BlankError: FriendlyId::BlankError
    app/controllers/brands_controller.rb:16:in create' test/functional/brands_controller_test.rb:27:in test_create_valid’

Here’s the relevant line in brand.rb:

has_friendly_id :name, :use_slug => true, :approximate_ascii => true

Here’s the test (using mocha):

def test_create_valid
Brand.any_instance.stubs(:valid?).returns(true)
post :create
assert_redirected_to brand_url(assigns(:brand))
end

I’m gonna take a stab at this and say it’s because you’re not posting a name parameter to the create action. Therefor, the create action is trying to create a new Brand w/out a name. Since you’re using the friendly_id gem and configuring the Brand model to use its “name” field as the friendly id, you must provide a name else you get FriendlyId::BlankError.

Here’s the fixture:

one:
name: MyString
image_file_name: MyString
image_content_type: MyString
image_file_size: 1
image_updated_at: 2011-08-03 10:49:03
tease: MyText
description: MyText

Doesn’t really matter what you have in your fixtures since you’re simulating a request that results in a call to your #create action in your controller which will create a new (blank) Brand record.

I've tried all sorts of variations on this, along the lines of

     post :create, :name => 'MyString'

and

     b = Brand.any_instance
     b.stubs(:valid?).returns(true)
     b.stubs(:name).returns('MyString')
     post :create

and I've gotten the identical error.

Can you show me the correct way to write this, such that I define the value for name at the correct moment?

Thanks,

Walter

On Thursday, August 4, 2011 1:35:15 PM UTC-6, Walter Lee Davis wrote:I am doing controller testing, and I can't seem to get the create
method test to pass when friendly_id is added to the mix. If I comment
it out of the model, the tests all pass perfectly. The moment I add it
back in, the error looks like this:
   1) Error:
test_create_valid(BrandsControllerTest):
FriendlyId::BlankError: FriendlyId::BlankError
     app/controllers/brands_controller.rb:16:in `create'
     test/functional/brands_controller_test.rb:27:in `test_create_valid'

Here's the relevant line in brand.rb:

   has_friendly_id :name, :use_slug => true, :approximate_ascii => true

Here's the test (using mocha):

   def test_create_valid
     Brand.any_instance.stubs(:valid?).returns(true)
     post :create
     assert_redirected_to brand_url(assigns(:brand))
   end

I'm gonna take a stab at this and say it's because you're not posting a name parameter to the create action. Therefor, the create action is trying to create a new Brand w/out a name. Since you're using the friendly_id gem and configuring the Brand model to use its "name" field as the friendly id, you must provide a name else you get FriendlyId::BlankError.
Here's the fixture:

one:
   name: MyString
   image_file_name: MyString
   image_content_type: MyString
   image_file_size: 1
   image_updated_at: 2011-08-03 10:49:03
   tease: MyText
   description: MyText

Doesn't really matter what you have in your fixtures since you're simulating a request that results in a call to your #create action in your controller which will create a new (blank) Brand record.

All other tests pass, and if I comment out has_friendly_id, the create
tests pass as well. Does this ring any bells for anyone?

Okay, thanks to Kendall and the Test Prescriptions book, I think I have it fixed. This works:

   def test_create_valid
     b = Brand.any_instance
     b.stubs(:name).returns('MyString')
     b.stubs(:valid?).returns(true)
     post :create
     assert_redirected_to brand_url(assigns(:brand))
   end

For some reason, having stubs(:valid?).returns(true) before stubs(:name).returns('MyString') made it continue to fail, while putting the name in first worked. Posting this so I can find it again later when I forget...

Walter