At the Forge - Fixtures and Factories

Use factories and fixtures in your Rails applications to help simplify your database-related testing.

Fixtures have been a part of Rails testing practices since the beginning, and they still can be quite useful. But, if you're finding yourself frustrated by YAML files, or if you want to experiment with something that offers more flexibility and features, you might well want to try looking into factories. This month, I looked at two different libraries for creating Rails factories, both of which are in popular use and might be a good fit for your project.

Reuven M. Lerner, a longtime Web/database developer and consultant, is a PhD candidate in learning sciences at Northwestern University, studying on-line learning communities. He recently returned (with his wife and three children) to their home in Modi'in, Israel, after four years in the Chicago area.


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