Rewriting to Haskell–Testing

Posted on April 13, 2020 by Riccardo
Functional ProgrammingHaskellServant

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We have managed to delay testing by leaning on Ruby RSpec for a while. It’s time to do the right thing and write some tests in Haskell.

We peaked at the “How To Test Servant Applications” cookbook page and decided to go the hspec-wai way. In fact, using servant-client seemed a bit too involved and coupled with Servant. The former, on the other hand, enables us to test any wai application.

With that in mind we created a test/Spec.hs:

main :: IO ()
main = do
  setEnv "DATABASE" "stream_test"
-- ^ See for the why.
  application <- configuredApp
  connection <- getConnection
  hspec $ spec application connection

spec :: Application -> Connection -> Spec
spec application connection = with (pure application) $ after_ (truncateTables connection)
--                                                      ^ After each spec item truncate tables.
  $ describe "GET /servant/search"
  $ do
    it "with no query it returns all posts ordered by descending creation date" $ do
      user <- liftIO . createUser $ connection
      now <- liftIO randomUTCTime
      let later = addUTCTime 1 now
      let olderPostAttributes =
              { postAttributesUserId = userId user,
                postAttributesCreatedAt = Just now
      let newerPostAttributes = olderPostAttributes {postAttributesCreatedAt = Just later}
      olderPost <- liftIO $ createPost connection olderPostAttributes
      newerPost <- liftIO $ createPost connection newerPostAttributes
      get "/servant/search"
        `shouldRespondWith` [json|
--                          ^ Using hspec-wai-json and some Template Haskell to generate JSON.
        { users: [#{user}],
--                ^ Behind the curtains aeson-qq is used. Thus, you can interpolate variables:
          attachments: [],
          comments: [],
          posts: [#{newerPost}, #{olderPost}]

-- ...

At the moment we are just testing through the endpoints as shown above. Stream is a simple application so we feel confident with this approach. Should the need for other types of tests arise, then HSpec will have our backs.

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