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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

Creating the new component

In this section, we’ll create the basic form of AppointmentsDayView: a list of appointment times for the day. We won’t build any interactive behavior for it just yet.

We’ll add our new component into the same file we’ve been using already because so far there’s not much code in there. Perform the following steps:

Placing components

We don’t always need a new file for each component, particularly when the components are short functional components, such as our Appointment component (a one-line function). It can help to group related components or small sub-trees of components in one place.

  1. In test/Appointment.test.js, create a new describe block under the first one, with a single test. This test checks that we render a div with a particular ID. That’s important in this case because we load a CSS file that looks for this element. The expectations in this test use the DOM method, querySelector...