A Rails warpper for easier integration of JS Test Driver
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JS Test Driver Rails

js-test-driver-rails is a thin wrapper for the JsTestDriver library: http://code.google.com/p/js-test-driver/


To take advantage of js-test-driver-rails, you should create a js_test_driver.rb file in your RAILS_ROOT/config/ directory.

The file may contain following directives:

# the paths are relative to the current directory, but you can use absolute paths too
# this is different from the JsTestDriver which does not allow you to use absolute paths in the config file 

# files to be included
# you can use Ruby globbing syntax (spec/js/**/*_spec.js), which will be automatically expanded
includes 'foo', 'bar', 'public/javascripts/*.js'

# files to be excluded, useful with globbing
excludes 'public/javascripts/fail.js'

# the host to which the test runner will connect, by default 'localhost'
host 'my-laptop'

# the port to which test runner will connect, and on which the test server will start, by default 4224
port 6666

# you can specify the default browsers which will be captured
browser 'firefox'

Note, that this is a ruby file, so the file/browser list can be generated dynamically - it's completely up to you.

For example in our project we examine a list of known browsers to determine the ones installed on the developer's system, and define only those that were found.

Similarly we get the list of .js files to include from our asset packaging solution.

HTML Fixtures

js-test-driver-rails also allows you to define HTML fixtures easily.

Imagine you have a directory structure like this:


Then by defining the fixtures directory in your config file:

fixtures "test/js/fixtures"

At runtime, your tests will have access to the contents of the fixture files:

htmlFixtures.all["a"] // contents of the test/js/fixtures/a.html
htmlFixtures.all["foo/a"] // contents of the test/js/fixtures/foo/a.html

You can customize the namespace and fixture container name:

# the fixtures will be accessible through myApp.html["<fixture name goes here>"]
fixtures "test/js/fixtures", :name => "html", :namespace => "myApp"

Using Jasmine

By default JsTestDriver comes with a pretty simple Test::Unit like testing framework. However it supports a couple of other frameworks, including Jasmine (http://pivotal.github.com/jasmine/), which is an RSpec-like BDD framework.

If you want to user Jasmine, simply add:


in your config file, somewhere before including your test files and you are golden:)

Measuring code coverage

JsTestDriver has a pretty cool feature of being able to measure code coverage. To enable this in your config, you just need to add:


in your config file.

You need to have lcov installed for the HTML report to be generated:

sudo apt-get install lcov

The HTML coverage report will be saved in the .js_test_driver/tests/coverage directory.

Rake tasks

This gem comes with some rake tasks, which you should require in your Rake file:

require "js_test_driver/tasks"

To start the js test driver server:

rake js_test_driver:start_server

To capture the default (or specified) browsers

rake js_test_driver:capture_browsers [BROWSERS=foo,bar,baz]

To run the tests (all or the specified ones)

rake js_test_driver:run_tests [TESTS=TestCase[.testMethod]]

To run the server, capture the browsers and run tests all in one command

rake js_test_driver:run [TESTS=TestCase[.testMethod]] [BROWSERS=foo,bar,baz] [OUTPUT_XML=1 | OUTPUT_PATH=/some/dir] [CAPTURE_CONSOLE=1]

This last task is mostly useful on CI, because it's much faster to run the server and capture the browsers once and then run the tests again and again in development mode.