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Mastering React Test-Driven Development - Second Edition

By : Daniel Irvine
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Mastering React Test-Driven Development - Second Edition

By: Daniel Irvine

Overview of this book

Test-driven development (TDD) is a programming workflow that helps you build your apps by specifying behavior as automated tests. The TDD workflow future-proofs apps so that they can be modified without fear of breaking existing functionality. Another benefit of TDD is that it helps software development teams communicate their intentions more clearly, by way of test specifications. This book teaches you how to apply TDD when building React apps. You’ll create a sample app using the same React libraries and tools that professional React developers use, such as Jest, React Router, Redux, Relay (GraphQL), Cucumber, and Puppeteer. The TDD workflow is supported by various testing techniques and patterns, which are useful even if you’re not following the TDD process. This book covers these techniques by walking you through the creation of a component test framework. You’ll learn automated testing theory which will help you work with any of the test libraries that are in standard usage today, such as React Testing Library. This second edition has been revised with a stronger focus on concise code examples and has been fully updated for React 18. By the end of this TDD book, you’ll be able to use React, Redux, and GraphQL to develop robust web apps.
Table of Contents (26 chapters)
Part 1 – Exploring the TDD Workflow
Part 2 – Building Application Features
Part 3 – Interactivity
Part 4 – Behavior-Driven Development with Cucumber

Handling server errors

The /customers endpoint may return a 422 Unprocessable Entity error if the customer data failed the validation process. This could happen if, for example, the phone number already exists within the system. If this happens, we want to withhold calling the onSave callback and instead display the errors to the user and give them the chance to correct them.

The body of the response will contain error data very similar to the data we’ve built for the validation framework. Here’s an example of the JSON that would be received:

  "errors": {
    "phoneNumber": "Phone number already exists in the system"

We’ll update our code to display these errors in the same way our client errors appeared. Since we already handle errors for CustomerForm, we’ll need to adjust our tests in addition to the existing CustomerForm code.

Our code to date has made use of the...