Mocking in Java with Mockito

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Published on November 16, 2008

Author: rapaul


A mocking framework for Java Richard Paul -

State vs Interaction testing State testing asserts properties on an object e.g. assertEquals(4, item.getCount()); Interaction testing verifies the interactions between objects. e.g. Did my controller correctly call my service. Mockito provides a framework for interactions testing.

Test Doubles Terminology defined by Gerard Meszaros. See: Test Stub Hand coded object used for testing. Mock object (e.g. EasyMock) Expectations configured before calling the method under test. Test Spy (e.g. Mockito) Verification occurs after the method under test has been called.

Mockito Example Simple MVC example: Item - simple POJO (has a name and ID). ItemController - handles requests from the browser. ItemService - service the ItemController delegates to. ItemNotFoundException Following slides detail testing the ItemController using Mockito. Note: the controller is implemented using a Springframework 2.5 annotation style, with annotations omitted for clarity.

View Item - using when Eclipse then generates the viewItem method signature in

Test Failure Then implement viewItem to pass the test

Delete Item - using verify Eclipse then generates the deleteItem method signature in

Wanted, but not invoked

Exceptional Cases - using thenThrow Allows simple testing of exceptional cases with similar syntax to thenReturn .

Initialising mocks in Mockito Allows access to when, verify etc without the ... Mockito.prefix ...

Default Values Mockito provides default values (null, 0, empty list, etc) for method calls that have not been defined. This allows you to define only the interactions that are relevant to your test. See slides by Szczepan Faber Slides 8-31 Why ignore interactions not directly related to a test case? (slide 29) quot;because aggressive validation makes the tests brittlequot; quot;because I have to fix tests even when the code is not brokenquot; quot;... can increase noisequot; quot;or lead to overspecificationquot;

More features... Verify how many times a method is called. e.g. verify(itemService, never()).deleteItem(3); verify(itemService, atLeastOnce()).deleteItem(3); verify(itemService, times(3)).deleteItem(3); Verify the order calls are made using InOrder Chain subsequent calls to return different values. when(itemService.getItem(3)) .thenReturn(item1) .thenReturn(item2); Argument matchers when(service.get(eq(1), anyFloat()).thenReturn(quot;xquot;); Can mock concrete classes (uses cglib)

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