.. index:: single: Mocking; Final Classes/Methods
Dealing with Final Classes/Methods
One of the primary restrictions of mock objects in PHP, is that mocking classes or methods marked final is hard. The final keyword prevents methods so marked from being replaced in subclasses (subclassing is how mock objects can inherit the type of the class or object being mocked).
The simplest solution is to not mark classes or methods as final!
However, in a compromise between mocking functionality and type safety, Mockery does allow creating "proxy mocks" from classes marked final, or from classes with methods marked final. This offers all the usual mock object goodness but the resulting mock will not inherit the class type of the object being mocked, i.e. it will not pass any instanceof comparison. Methods marked as final will be proxied to the original method, i.e., final methods can't be mocked.
We can create a proxy mock by passing the instantiated object we wish to
\Mockery::mock(), i.e. Mockery will then generate a Proxy to the
real object and selectively intercept method calls for the purposes of setting
and meeting expectations.
See the :ref:`creating-test-doubles-partial-test-doubles` chapter, the subsection about proxied partial test doubles.