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Null object doubles

Test doubles are strict by default, raising errors when they receive messages that have not
been allowed or expected. You can chain as_null_object off of double in order to make
the double "loose". For any message that has not explicitly allowed or expected, the double
will return itself. It acts as a block-hole null object, allowing arbitrarily deep method chains.

Scenarios
`as_null_object` allows arbitrarily deep message chains and returns itself
Given
a file named "as_null_object_spec.rb" with:
RSpec.describe "as_null_object" do
  it "returns itself" do
    dbl = double("Some Collaborator").as_null_object
    expect(dbl.foo.bar.bazz).to be(dbl)
  end
end
When
I run rspec as_null_object_spec.rb
Then
the examples should all pass
Individual methods can still be allowed or expected
Given
a file named "as_null_object_spec.rb" with:
RSpec.describe "as_null_object" do
  it "can allow individual methods" do
    dbl = double("Some Collaborator", :foo => 3).as_null_object
    allow(dbl).to receive(:bar).and_return(4)

    expect(dbl.foo).to eq(3)
    expect(dbl.bar).to eq(4)
  end
end
When
I run rspec as_null_object_spec.rb
Then
the examples should all pass

Last published about 5 years ago by myronmarston.