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New feature for developwithpassion.specifications (nested contexts!!)

Written May 11, 2011 at 09:00 MDT Tagged tdd and c#

Technically this is a patch that I added to mspec, so it is there also!! Instead of talking about it, I will demonstrate with a bit of contrived example:

public abstract class concern : Observes<SimpleCalculator>

public class when_adding_two_numbers : concern
  Establish c = () =>
    connection = depends.on<IDbConnection>();
    first_number = 1;
    second_number = 2;

  Because b = () =>
    result = sut.add(first_number, second_number);

  public class and_both_numbers_are_positive
    It should_not_open_a_connection_to_the_database = () =>
      connection.never_received(x => x.Open());

  public class and_one_of_the_numbers_are_negative
    Establish c = () => first_number = -2;

    It should_open_a_connection_to_the_database = () =>
      connection.received(x => x.Open());

  It should_return_the_sum = () =>
    result.ShouldEqual(first_number + second_number);

  static IDbConnection connection;
  static int result;
  static int second_number;
  static int first_number;

public class SimpleCalculator
  IDbConnection connection;

  public SimpleCalculator(IDbConnection connection)
    this.connection = connection;

  public int add(int number1, int number2)
    if (number1 < 0 || number2 < 0) connection.Open();
    return number1 + number2;

As you can see from this example. Nested contexts can be a useful tool when you want to have a different organizational mechanism for how you structure and separate concerns.

The root concern [when_adding_two_numbers] contains its own establish, because and it blocks.
Each of the nested contexts alters the setup as needed to test a different aspect of the component under a different context. And they also have their own it blocks to make their concern specific observations!!

For information, it is important to note that this is nothing more than a different organizational tool. You can express the exact same tests currently in mspec without needing to use nested contexts.

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