A simple Elixir package to elegantly mock module functions within (asynchronous) ExUnit tests using Erlang's :meck library
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MecksUnit

A simple Elixir package to elegantly mock module functions within (asynchronous) ExUnit tests using Erlang's :meck library

Installation

To install MecksUnit, please do the following:

  1. Add mecks_unit to your list of dependencies in mix.exs:

    def deps do
      [
        {:mecks_unit, "~> 0.1.2", only: :test}
      ]
    end

Usage

Mocking module functions is pretty straightforward and done as follows:

  1. Add use MecksUnit.Case at the beginning of your test file
  2. Use defmock as if you would define the original module with defmodule containing mocked functions
  3. Use mocked_test as if you would define a normal ExUnit test after having defined all the required mock modules
  4. Enjoy ;)

Please note that the defined mock modules only apply to the first mocked_test encountered. So they are isolated (despite of :meck having an unfortunate global effect) as MecksUnit takes care of it. Also, non-matching function heads within the mock module will result in invoking the original module function as well.

As of version 0.1.2, you can assert function calls using called (returns a boolean) or assert_called (raises an error when not having found a match) within your test block. Use _ to match any argument as if you would pattern match.

An example

The following is a working example defined in test/mecks_unit_test.exs

defmodule Foo do
  def trim(string) do
    String.trim(string)
  end
end

defmodule MecksUnitTest do
  use ExUnit.Case, async: true
  use MecksUnit.Case

  defmock String do
    def trim("  Paul  "), do: "Engel"
    def trim("  Foo  ", "!"), do: "Bar"
    def trim(_, "!"), do: {:passthrough, ["  Surprise!  !!!!", "!"]}
    def trim(_, _), do: :passthrough
  end

  defmock List do
    def wrap(:foo), do: [1, 2, 3, 4]
  end

  mocked_test "using mocked module functions" do
    task =
      Task.async(fn ->
        assert "Engel" == String.trim("  Paul  ")
        assert "Engel" == Foo.trim("  Paul  ")
        assert "Bar" == String.trim("  Foo  ", "!")
        assert "  Surprise!  " == String.trim("  Paul  ", "!")
        assert "MecksUnit" == String.trim("  MecksUnit  ")
        assert "Paul Engel" == String.trim("  Paul Engel  ", " ")
        assert [1, 2, 3, 4] == List.wrap(:foo)
        assert [] == List.wrap(nil)
        assert [:bar] == List.wrap(:bar)
        assert [:foo, :bar] == List.wrap([:foo, :bar])
        assert called List.wrap(:foo)
        assert_called String.trim(_)
      end)

    Task.await(task)
  end

  test "using the original module functions" do
    task =
      Task.async(fn ->
        assert "Paul" == String.trim("  Paul  ")
        assert "Paul" == Foo.trim("  Paul  ")
        assert "  Foo  " == String.trim("  Foo  ", "!")
        assert "  Paul  " == String.trim("  Paul  ", "!")
        assert "MecksUnit" == String.trim("  MecksUnit  ")
        assert "Paul Engel" == String.trim("  Paul Engel  ", " ")
        assert [:foo] == List.wrap(:foo)
        assert [] == List.wrap(nil)
        assert [:bar] == List.wrap(:bar)
        assert [:foo, :bar] == List.wrap([:foo, :bar])
      end)

    Task.await(task)
  end
end

Please note that you can delegate to the original implementation by either returning :passthrough (which forwards the given arguments) or return a tuple {:passthrough, arguments} in which you can alter the arguments yourself.

Asynchronous testing

Unlike Mock, MecksUnit supports running mocked tests asynchronously. W00t! ^^

License

Copyright (c) 2019 Paul Engel, released under the MIT License

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The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.