Showing posts from December, 2008

Integration testing Spring MVC without web server

Unit testing is very useful for finding bugs in isolated pieces of code and for checking whether a method obeys its contract. However, testing the configuration of an app or testing how a framework like Spring MVC calls or manipulates the data passed in.

This is where integration testing comes in. Testing the app with everything wired in. End to end testing. This usually entails a tester firing up the browser and working through a list of test cases. This can be automated with something similar Test Director or made into JUnit test cases using HtmlUnit or HttpUnit.

Creating a test case using HtmlUnit (or HttpUnit if you want to do more work) can be quiet tedious and time consuming. However there is a way to programmatically invoke the Spring's servlet and obtain the response object without having to parse html. By invoking it directly you gain a level of control, and the testing can be more specific. The downside is that you don't test the JSP files, though I'm sure there ar…

Getting sql parameters from CallableStatementCreatorFactory

I had a massive headache trying to work out what data was passed to a procedure call that was using Spring's JdbcTemplate. The problem was, the parameters can be passed in as a map, so all you have is a set of names and value with no idea what order they go in. If you have a lot of statements to sift through then manually rebuilding the sql to execute is a pain.

After trying many times to work out a way to extend CallableStatementCreatorFactory in order to pull out the information to build an sql statement I eventually reverted to just replacing the whole source file.
Below is the resulting file, with date formatting (and select from dual) directed towards Oracle. Still useful for other vendors as it's pretty simple to adjust. I have no idea why this or something like it wasn't included in spring.
/* * Copyright 2002-2006 the original author or authors. * * Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); * you may not use this file except in co…