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Helper For Testing Default Routes Generated By A Resource In Ruby On Rails

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        These methods test that the routes for resources defined in routes.rb are working as expected. Call them from your functional (controller) tests.

Add the following 3 methods to test/test_helper.rb (updated for Rails 1.2.5 which no longer uses semicolons as a separator for the edit action):
# Test for routes generated by map.resource (singular).
def assert_routing_for_resource(controller, skip=[], nesting=[])
  routes = [
    ["new",'/new',{},:get], ["create",'',{},:post],
    ["show",'',{},:get], ["edit",'/edit',{},:get],
    ["update",'',{},:put], ["destroy",'',{},:delete]
  check_resource_routing(controller, routes, skip, nesting)
# Test for routes generated by map.resources (plural).
def assert_routing_for_resources(controller, skip=[], nesting=[])
  routes = [
    ["index",'',{},:get], ["new",'/new',{},:get], ["create",'',{},:post],
    ["show",'/1',{:id=>'1'},:get], ["edit",'/1/edit',{:id=>'1'},:get],
    ["update",'/1',{:id=>'1'},:put], ["destroy",'/1',{:id=>'1'},:delete]
  check_resource_routing(controller, routes, skip, nesting)

# Check that the expected paths will be generated by a resource, and that
# the expected params will be generated by paths defined by a resource.
# routes is array of [action, url string after controller, extra params].
def check_resource_routing(controller, routes, skip=[], nesting=[])
  # set a prefix for nested resources
  prefix = nesting.join('s/1/')
  unless prefix.blank?
    prefix += "s/1/"
  # Add params for nested resources.
  # For each 'nest', include a ":nest_id=>'1'" param.
  params = {}
  nesting.each do |param|
    params["#{param}_id".to_sym] = '1'
  # Test each of the standard resource routes.
  routes.each do |pair|
    unless skip.include? pair[0]
        :action=>pair[0]}.merge(pair[2]).merge(params), {}, {},
        "Failed generation of resource route for action #{pair[0]} /#{prefix}#{controller}#{pair[1]}")
        {:path=>"/#{prefix}#{controller}#{pair[1]}", :method=>pair[3]},
        {}, "Failed to recognize resource route for path #{pair[3]}:/#{prefix}#{controller}#{pair[1]}")

You can specify actions to 'skip' (if you have a special route for that action).
If using nested resources, set the nesting array (use singular strings).

So, if you have the following in routes.rb:
map.make_thing '/make', :controller=>'things', :action=>'new'
map.resources :nests do |nest|
  nest.resources :things
map.resource :foo
then you can use the following in things_controller_test.rb:
def test_resource_routing
  assert_routing_for_resources 'things', ['new'], ['nest']
  assert_routing_for_resource 'foo'


Snippets Manager replied on Wed, 2010/01/27 - 9:36pm

This is a good test for people who are using TestUnit directly. I wrote a plugin for Shoulda users that is very similar, with a few additions. It tests :collection and :member routes as well. Here's a link to the explanation: