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Params::Validate and Test::MockObject::Extends

by badaiaqrandista (Pilgrim)
on May 09, 2006 at 05:46 UTC ( #548141=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

badaiaqrandista has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hi all,

I am trying to write test for the application I am maintaining. It has a lot of OO modules. To start, I created a test like this for one of those modules (modified from the original code):

#!/usr/bin/perl use strict; use warnings; use Test::MockObject::Extends; my $mock_property = Test::MockObject::Extends->new('MyApp::Property'); $mock_property->mock('id', '1'); $mock_property->mock('su_pwd', 'password'); my $admin = MyApp::Admin->new(owner => $mock_property, id => 0); is_deeply( $admin, { admin_id => 0, domain_id => '1', firstname => 'Super', lastname => 'User', username => 'su', password => 'password', }, "new() with id eq '0' (superuser)" ); ----------------------------------- package MyApp::Admin; use strict; use warnings; use Params::Validate ':all'; sub new { my $class = shift; my %args = validate(@_, id => { type => SCALAR }, owner => { isa => 'MyApp::Property' }, ); my $self = bless { admin_id => $args{id}, domain_id => $args{owner}->id, firstname => 'Super', lastname => 'User', username => 'su', password => $args{owner}->su_pwd, }, $class; return $self; }

When I run the test, it breaks with Params::Validate error saying that 'owner' parameter is an object of 'T::MO::E::a', not 'MyApp::Property'. I guess this is because Params::Validate does not validate the 'owner' parameter by calling 'isa', but checking the perl's internal data structure to check 'isa'.

Is there anyway to go around this? Or do I have to create my own mock object library?



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Re: Params::Validate and Test::MockObject::Extends
by chromatic (Archbishop) on May 09, 2006 at 07:47 UTC

    Params::Validate is broken. (I read its code; both the pure Perl and XS code have the same bug.) It thinks that UNIVERSAL::isa is a function. (It's not. It's a method.)

    Which version of Test::MockObject::Extends are you using? Newer versions use UNIVERSAL::isa which tries to work around this problem and attempts to reveal which code is broken, buggy, and wrong.

    (Of course, if you're using the XS version of Params::Validate, you'll never see the error message because UNIVERSAL::isa doesn't have hooks that deep.)

      There's an option you can set to force the use of the pure perl, non-XS Params::Validate. It sounds like the easiest thing to do is force plain perl Params::Validate and then use UNIVERSAL::isa.

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      I use Test::MockObject::Extends version 0.20 and Params::Validate version 0.76, both of them come with debian stable.

      Anyway, I have found a workaround. I have changed the test script like this:

      #!/usr/bin/perl use strict; use warnings; use Test::MockObject; my $mock = Test::MockObject->new; $mock->fake_module( 'MyApp::Property', new => sub { bless {}, 'MyApp::Property' }, id => sub { 1 }, su_pwd => sub { 'password' } ); my $mock_property = MyApp::Property->new; my $admin = MyApp::Admin->new(owner => $mock_property, id => 0); is_deeply( $admin, { admin_id => 0, domain_id => '1', firstname => 'Super', lastname => 'User', username => 'su', password => 'password', }, "new() with id eq '0' (superuser)" );

      Gee, thanks for the bug report. Oh, you didn't bother sending one!

      The XS version actually uses the Perl API's sv_derived_from() function, which apparently is like calling UNIVERSAL::isa(). You might want to submit a doc patch for the Perl core warning people off from using it if you really want to promote "proper" use of isa() and can().

        Sorry, I've never filed a bug report before. And I thought it was my fault. Anyway, what do you mean by 'proper' use of isa() and can()?


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