RFC: Mocking protected methods

Wednesday, June 15. 2011
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Update, 2011-06-16, 12:15 AM Thanks for the comments.

(I swear I had something like that before and it didn't work!) Here's the solution:

$userId = 61382;
$docId  = 'CLD2_62e029fc-1dae-4f20-873e-69facb64a21a';
$body   = '{"error":"missing","reason":"problem?"}';

$client = new Zend_Http_Client;
$client->setAdapter(new Zend_Http_Client_Adapter_Test);

$couchdb = $this->getMock(
    'CouchDB',
    array('makeRequest',),
    array($userId, $this->config,)
);
$couchdb->expects($this->once())
    ->method('makeRequest')
    ->will($this->returnValue(new Zend_Http_Response(200, array(), $body)));
$couchdb->setHttpClient($client);
$couchdb->getDocument($docId);

--- Original blog entry ---

I wrote a couple tests for a small CouchDB access wrapper today. But when I wrote the implementation itself, I realized that my class setup depends on an actual CouchDB server being available and here my journey began.

Example code

Consider the following example:

My objective is not to be able to test any of the protected methods directly, but to be able to supply a fixture so we don't have to setup CouchDB to run our testsuite. My fixture would replace makeRequest() and return a JSON string instead.


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