Getting started

Sam Coward edited this page Feb 19, 2015 · 9 revisions


First, follow the Installation instructions if you haven't already done so.

Running specs

Once Cedar is set up correctly, specs added to your test target should run when you run your app's tests using + U (or Product > Test).

When your run your specs, you should see output in the console or iOS simulator indicating which specs have passed and which have failed.

Write specs, rinse, repeat

At this point, you can add your own specs to your new target. Check out Writing Specs for more details on what is possible.

Code Snippets

Installation of code snippets is described on the installation page. These are installed into ~/Library/Developer/XCode/UserData/CodeSnippets for Xcode, and ~/Library/Preferences/appCode20/templates for AppCode.

Here's a list of the completion shortcuts and what they do:

Shortcut Yields...
cdesc describe
ccont context
cit example (it with block)
cbef beforeEach
caft afterEach
csubj subjectAction
cshare sharedExamplesFor
cbl itShouldBehaveLike
cblcont itShouldBehaveLike (with additional context)
cpend pending example (it with PENDING)
PENDING expands PENDING into an empty block

All of the above constructs are described in Writing Specs.

Command line automation

You can run your specs on the command line with Xcode's command line tool, xcodebuild. This is the same as if you were running XCTest/OCUnit tests. Here's an example showing how you can run iOS specs against an iPhone 5s simulator running iOS 8.1:

xcodebuild -workspace MyApp.xcworkspace -scheme MyApp -destination platform='iOS Simulator',OS=8.1,name='iPhone 5s' clean test

And here's another example demonstrating how you can run OS X specs:

xcodebuild -workspace MyApp.xcworkspace -scheme MyApp clean test

For more details usage information, see the xcodebuild man page.

If you're looking for a more robust solution to this problem, we encourage you to check out the Thrust gem.

Focused specs

Sometimes when debugging or developing a new feature it is useful to run only a subset of your tests. That can be achieved by marking any number of examples with an 'f'. You can use fit, fdescribe and fcontext like this:

fit(@"should do something eventually", ^{
    // ...

If you're running Cedar in standalone mode, then you will get additional feedback about tests that are skipped:

  • If your test suite has at least one focused example, all focused examples will run and non-focused examples will be skipped and reported as such (shown as '>' in default reporter output).

  • It might not be immediately obvious why the test runner always returns a non-zero exit code when a test suite contains at least one focused example. That was done to make CI fail if someone accidentally forgets to unfocus focused examples before committing and pushing.

  • The CedarShortcuts plugin also provides keyboard shortcuts for focusing on specs under editor cursor.

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