shoulda todo list integration test

One of the things I like most about TDD, and shoulda specifically, is that if a thought pops up of something I need to add I can add a deferred test and come back to it later. In shoulda you can do this with:

should_eventually "do something"

#or just leave off the block
should "do something"

This works great for models/controllers, but I also wanted a way to integrate a miscelanious todo list into the flow that would pop up in autotest or when running the whole test suite. To accomplish this I’ve been keeping a TodosTest in the integration tests directory:

require File.dirname(__FILE__) + '/../test_helper'

class TodosTest < ActionController::IntegrationTest
  context "TODO:" do
    todos = [
             'add the jquery rounded corners plugin',
             'add the jquery dropshadow plugin',
             'scope actions in application.js to specific pages'             
            ]
    todos.each do |todo|
      should_eventually todo
    end
  end
end

The output of this is:

  * DEFERRED: TODO: should add the jquery rounded corners plugin. 
  * DEFERRED: TODO: should add the jquery dropshadow plugin. 
  * DEFERRED: TODO: should scope actions in application.js to specific pages. 

Since this isn't really an integration test I usually add a line for this in the .gitignore.

Also - this is a handy bash alias to print the todo's without the deferred/should language:

alias todo="ruby test/integration/todos_test.rb | grep TODO | sed -e 's/DEFERRED: TODO: should //g'"

The cleaned up output is:

  * add the jquery rounded corners plugin. 
  * add the jquery dropshadow plugin. 
  * scope actions in application.js to specific pages. 

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