[Product-Developers] Re: Mock testing

Maurits van Rees m.van.rees at zestsoftware.nl
Wed Jul 2 20:09:21 UTC 2008

Martin Aspeli, on 2008-06-29:
> Hi guys,
> I just wanted to share with you that I *love* mocker and mock based 
> testing. :-)
> I blogged about it here:
> http://martinaspeli.net/articles/mock-testing-with-mocker-and-plone.mocktestcase
> I just released plone.mocktestcase 1.0b1:
> http://pypi.python.org/pypi/plone.mocktestcase
> I'd like get some input on the above article and opinions from anyone 
> who tries this. I'd like to merge the article above into 
> plone.org/documentation/tutorial/testing at some point too.

Hi Martin,

I have not tried any code (also not from Dexterity), only read your
article.  Some things are not clear to me.

- At the end of the first mock example you say: "We must remember to put
  the test case into replay mode, using self.replay()."  Why?  What does
  that do?

- In the third mock example you say that we "set the expectation that
  lookup_schema() should be called on it once", stressing the word
  'once'.  Which part of the test code does that?  From the paragraphs
  after that I *guess* that whenever the code is this:


  it implicitly means this:

    self.expect(...).result(...).count(1, 1)

  Is that a correct guess?  If so, I think you should mention that
  explicitly, perhaps already in the first mock example.  

  BTW, if that is correct then I would find "count(0, None)" a more
  logical default, so by default no restriction on the number of times
  a mocked method is called.

And a question: is there next to mock_utility also something like
mock_tool, so you could you this to mock for example the
portal_catalog?  I guess something along these lines might work:

  from whereever import CatalogTool
  catalog_mock = self.mocker.proxy(CatalogTool())
  context_mock = self.mocker.mock()

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