factory_girl is a fixtures replacement with a straightforward definition syntax, support for multiple build strategies (saved instances, unsaved instances, attribute hashes, and stubbed objects), and support for multiple factories for the same class (user, admin_user, and so on), including factory inheritance.
factory_girl_rails provides Rails integration for factory_girl. All Rails-specific features are only compatible with Rails 3.
Currently, automatic factory definition loading is the only Rails-specific feature.
gem install factory_girl_rails
Add factory_girl_rails to your Gemfile:
If you are not using rspec then configure your test generator in config/application.rb. For example, to enable MiniTest with Factory, you would add
config.generators do |g| g.test_framework :mini_test, :spec => true, :fixture=>false, :fixture_replacement=>:factory_girl end
factory_girl ships with step definitions for Cucumber integration. For more information, see the GETTING_STARTED file in the factory_girl repo.
Please see CONTRIBUTING.md for details.
factory_girl was originally written by Joe Ferris.
factory_girl is maintained and funded by thoughtbot, inc
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factory_girl is Copyright © 2008-2011 Joe Ferris and thoughtbot. It is free software, and may be redistributed under the terms specified in the LICENSE file.