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Rails 5 Test Prescriptions: Build a Healthy Codebase


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Rails 5 Test Prescriptions

Build a Healthy Codebase


Does your Rails code suffer from bloat, brittleness, or inaccuracy? Cure these problems with the regular application of test-driven development. You’ll use Rails 5.1, Minitest 5, and RSpec 3.6, as well as popular testing libraries such as factory_girl and Cucumber. Updates include Rails 5.1 system tests and Webpack integration. Do what the doctor ordered to make your applications feel all better. Side effects may include better code, fewer bugs, and happier developers.

About this Title

Pages: 350 (est)
Published: 2017-12-10
ISBN: 978-1-68050-250-3

Your Ruby on Rails application is sick. Deadlines are looming, but every time you make the slightest change to the code, something else breaks. Nobody remembers what that tricky piece of code was supposed to do, and nobody can tell what it actually does. Plus, it has bugs. You need test-driven development: a process for improving the design, maintainability, and long-term viability of software.

With both practical code examples and discussion of why testing works, this book starts with the most basic features delivered as part of core Ruby on Rails. Once you’ve integrated those features into your coding practice, work with popular third-party testing tools such as RSpec, Jasmine, Cucumber, and factory_girl. Test the component parts of a Rails application, including the back-end model logic and the front-end display logic. With Rails examples, use testing to enable your code to respond better to future change. Plus, see how to handle real-world testing situations.

This new edition has been updated to Rails 5.1 and RSpec 3.6 and contains full coverage of new Rails features, including system tests and the Webpack-based JavaScript setup.

What You Need

Ruby 2.4, Rails 5.1


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Noel Rappin is the Director of Development at Table XI, and is the author of multiple technical books. Before joining Table XI, Noel ran internal training at Groupon, and has a Ph.D. in educational technology and user-centered design from the GVU Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Find Noel online at