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Controller specs

Controller specs live in spec/controllers or any example group with
:type => :controller.

A controller spec is an RSpec wrapper for a Rails functional test
It allows you to simulate a single http request in each example, and then
specify expected outcomes such as:

  • rendered templates
  • redirects
  • instance variables assigned in the controller to be shared with the view
  • cookies sent back with the response

To specify outcomes, you can use:

  • standard rspec matchers (response.code.should eq(200))
  • standard test/unit assertions (assert_equal 200, response.code)
  • rails assertions (assert_response 200)
  • rails-specific matchers:
    • response.should render_template (wraps assert_template)
    • response.should redirect_to (wraps assert_redirected_to)
    • assigns(:widget).should be_a_new(Widget)


describe TeamsController do
  describe "GET index" do
    it "assigns @teams" do
      team = Team.create
      get :index
      assigns(:teams).should eq([team])

    it "renders the index template" do
      get :index
      response.should render_template("index")



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