Improve Phake::verify error message #144

huggsboson opened this Issue Jun 6, 2014 · 2 comments


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A very common use case for me, and others I imagine, is to verify that a method was called with some value or array. The naive way of doing this:
Phake::verify($this->mock)->methodFoo(["bar" => "baz"]);

Leads to error messages like:
Failed asserting that Expected Mock->methodFoo(equal to ) to be called exactly <1> times, actually called <0> times.
Other Invocations:

For complex objects or arrays it can be very hard to tell what exactly failed. I've been resorting to:
$this->assertEquals(["bar" => "baz"], $actual);

Which gives me a nice diff around where things didn't match. I don't need the diff, but at least fully printing the actual array in both places would improve things greatly. Any way to improve these error messages? I know Mockito gives a much more descriptive list of things that didn't match.

@bfeaver bfeaver added the Enhancement label Jun 8, 2014


It would be nice to use PHPUnit's Differ for this

I've checked but it's not so easy to implement, we need to modify CallExpectation::__toString

@mlively mlively modified the milestone: v2.1.0 Feb 23, 2015
@mlively mlively added a commit that referenced this issue Apr 7, 2015
@mlively Added more descriptive errors when verifications fail. It will now te…
…ll you why each recorded call was marked as a failure.

No more will the fine users of Phake have to resort to argument captures for debugging their verification.

mlively commented Apr 7, 2015

The commit above implements much improved verification messages in the case of failures.

You will now see why each call to the method failed to match your verification including diffs in most cases. For PHPUnit I am just leveraging the built in constraint errors, same for hamcrest. For our built in equality matcher I completely revamped that to use sebastian/comparator instead of my own code.

I would love to get some early feedback before I roll a release with this. You can get it with "phake/phake": "2.1.*@dev"

@mlively mlively closed this Apr 7, 2015
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