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Backbone.js Testing

By : Ryan Glenn Roemer
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Backbone.js Testing

By: Ryan Glenn Roemer

Overview of this book

Table of Contents (13 chapters)
Backbone.js Testing
About the Author
About the Reviewers

Faking and verifying behavior with Sinon.JS mocks

The final test double abstraction that we will cover in this book is the test mock. Mocks replace function behaviors like stubs, observe method calls like spies and stubs, and additionally verify function behaviors. Essentially, mocks are a "one-stop shop" for faking and testing methods.

Deciding when to mock

So, when should we use mocks? The Sinon.JS mock API documentation ( starts with the appropriate use cases for mocks:

"Mocks should only be used for the method under test. In every unit test, there should be one unit under test. If you want to control how your unit is being used and like stating expectations upfront (as opposed to asserting after the fact), use a mock."

The documentation cautions that mocks should be avoided in many situations:

"Mocks come with built-in expectations that may fail your test. Thus, they enforce implementation details. The rule of thumb is: if you wouldn't add an assertion for some...