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Don't build randomness into your factories

Tests are about 100% control over UI interaction and your test scenario. Randomness makes writing tests hard. You will also push tests that are green for you today, but red for a colleague tomorrow.

That said, please don't do something like this:

Factory(:document) do |document| document.category { ['foo', 'bar', 'baz'].sample } end

Instead do this:

Factory(:document) do |document| document.category 'foo' end

The case against Faker

I even recommend to not use libraries like Faker Archive . Faker makes awesome sample data, but at the risk of adding random strings to your screen. When your factory requires unique values for something, prefer numbering fixed strings intead:

FactoryBot.define do sequence(:first_name) { |i| "First#{i}" } sequence(:last_name) { |i| "Last#{i}" } sequence(:company_name) { |i| "Company #{i}" } end

This creates ugly sample data like "First3 Last3", but e.g. doesn't make tests pass when they shouldn't.

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