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Ok, no more delay. This is the first day of using TDD.

Laravel Dusk and Vue.js

I still haven’t figured how to get Dusk working, or how to test my Vue components but I’m going to get started with PHPUnit tests and aim to progress from there.

Laravel Up and Running

As usual I will be reading Matt’s book as I go.


I have also renewed my Laracasts subscription, it is the best way to keep my skills up-to-date. I have started watching some of this [] (Build A Forum)

Starting Simple

I have added a couple of tests and am just visiting URLs and checking that I see some text:

   public function testReportScheduleLoads()

What else can I do?

JSON Tests

These look pretty simple:


    $this->seeJson(['name' => 'Datatable']);

** At the moment I have some stuff hardcoded, eventually these will go and I wll be creating models in these tests **

Naming Tests

The TestingEnvironment

.env is not loaded - phpunit.xml used instead

The Testing Traits


Database Migrations

This will run all the database migrations. This is the way I want to go, maybe use an SQLLite DB in memory.

This is how to SQL lite in memory

Add this to phpUnit.xml

<env name="DB_CONNECTION" value="sqlite"/>
<env name="DB_DATABASE" value=":memory:"/>

Database Transactions

Expects DB to be ‘ready’, it wraps all the tests in transactions and rolls the back

What else?


this->assertPageLoaded() Just loads the page and returns a 200.

this->see() and this->dontSee()

this->seeLink() and this->dontSeeLink()

this->seeHeader() this->seeCookie() this->seeInField() and this->dontSeeInField() - looks for a value in an input or text area

this->seeIsChecked() and this->dontSeeIsChecked() - looks at a checkbox

this->seeIsSelected() and this->dontSeeIsSelected() - for checking selects

this->seePageIs() checs the loaded page

this->seeInDatabase()and this->dontSeeInDatabase() - for checking db values exist

Clicking and Forms - pg 275

I think that this will do for now, I will add more as I learn it.

Tried working through but this is for 5.4.

Model Factories

This is how you create models for your tests:

$factory->define(App\Models\Dashboard::class, function (Faker\Generator $faker) {

    return [
        'name' => $faker->firstName,
        'public' => 1,


This is how you create related models:

$factory->define(App\Models\WidgetType::class, function (Faker\Generator $faker) {

    return [

        'type' => $faker->numberBetween(1,4),
        'description' => $faker->numberBetween(1,4),
        'chart_type_id' => function () {
            return factory('App\Models\ChartType')->create()->id;


Make your models like this:

$dashboard = factory(Dashboard::class)->create();

Adam Wathan

Unit tests - just test functions

Instead of lumping together in a feature test, break down into Unit tests

What wouldj happen , if you wrote the tests after.

Use Mock