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Arquillian Persistence Extension

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1. Overview

1.1. What Is This?

Arquillian Persistence Extension was created to help you write tests where persistence layer is involved. Inspired by great framework called Unitils, it brings a bunch of annotations to help you deal with the underlying data storage.

It comes with following features:

  • Wrapping each test in the separated transaction (with commit (default) or rollback at the end).

  • Seeding database using:

    • DBUnit with XML, XLS, YAML and JSON supported as data sets format.

    • Custom SQL scripts.

  • Comparing database state at the end of the test using given data sets (with column exclusion).

  • Eviction JPA second level cache between test method invocation, see @JpaCacheEviction.

1.2. Containers Used For Testing

  • Glassfish 3.1.2 Embedded

  • JBoss AS 7.0.2 Final (managed)

  • JBoss AS 7.1.1.Final (managed)

  • Wildfly 8.1

1.3. Verified With Following Databases

  • HSQL

  • MS SQL 2008 Express (with Microsoft JDBC Driver)

  • MySQL 5.5.24

  • PostgreSQL 9.1.4

  • Oracle 11g

  • Derby

Enough talking, let’s see it in action!

1.4. Code Example

public class UserPersistenceTest

  public static Archive<?> createDeploymentPackage()
      return ShrinkWrap.create(JavaArchive.class, "test.jar")
                       .addPackages(true, "org.fest") // FEST Assert is not part of Arquillian
                       .addAsManifestResource(EmptyAsset.INSTANCE, "beans.xml")
                       .addAsManifestResource("test-persistence.xml", "persistence.xml");

  EntityManager em;

  public void should_change_user_password() throws Exception
      // given
      String expectedPassword = "LexLuthor";
      UserAccount user = em.find(UserAccount.class, 2L);

      // when

      // then

There are just two things which are different from the standard Arquillian test - @UsingDataSet and @ShouldMatchDataSet annotations. Former seeds the database using file in YAML format, and latter verifies database state using given file.

This example is taken from integration tests written for this project, so feel free to have a closer look.

But it’s that easy! And there’s more to come!

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