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RSpec: How to define classes for specs

RSpec allows defining methods inside describe/context blocks which will only exist inside them.
However, classes (or any constants, for that matter) will not be affected by this. If you define them in your specs, they will exist globally. This is because of how RSpec works (short story: instance_eval).

describe Notifier do class TestRecord # ... end let(:record) { } it { ... } end # TestRecord will exist here, outside of the spec!

This will come bite you at least when you try to define a class with the same name in another spec.
Generally speaking, you don't want to pollute the global namespace in the first place.

To avoid that, simply define your constants on the example class:

describe Notifier do class self::TestRecord # ... end let(:record) { } it { ... } end

Inside any let or it block, self will be the example's instance, so self.class points to the example class where TestRecord was defined. Basic Ruby. :)

Alternatively, you could say:

let(:test_record_class) do do # ... end end let(:record) { }

But that felt awkward for some of us.

By refactoring problematic code and creating automated tests, makandra can vastly improve the maintainability of your Rails application.

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Arne Hartherz
Last edit:
about 2 years ago
by Arne Hartherz
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