Testing django mixins

How to test django mixins

Posted on Sun 09 April 2017

You may read all these books and tutorials that tell you - test your code! This blog post is to help you test your django mixins.

Why is it worth to test mixins?

You come to django world and you discover mixins - at the beginning, you think it awesome! Let write more of those!

So you write this self-contained mixin - right now there is a time to test it. It can assure that your piece of code works as expected and can save you a lot of trouble.

Ok, you are ready to write some test. How to do it?

How to test mixins?

Imagine that you have this simple TemplateView with mixin:

from django.views.generic import TemplateView

class SomethingMixin(object):

    def get_context_data(self, **kwargs):
        context = super(SomethingMixin, self).get_context_data(**kwargs)
        context['has_something'] = True
        return context

class ExampleTemplateView(SomethingMixin, TemplateView):
    template_name = 'example.html'

SomethingMixin is adding a new key to the context. Let's write some tests:

from django.test import SimpleTestCase
from django.views.generic import TemplateView
from .views import SomethingMixin

class SomethingMixinTest(SimpleTestCase):

    class DummyView(SomethingMixin, TemplateView):

    def test_something_mixin(self):
        dummy_view = self.DummyView()
        context = dummy_view.get_context_data()

I created a simple empty DummyView to use SomethingMixin. I'm using only TemplateView because I don't need more advanced views to test if a key is in context. In test_something_mixin I instantiate dummy_view. Then take context test if it has a key that I'm interested in.

And that's all! I have my mixin tested. Of course, if mixin become more and more complex you may need more tests.

Feel free to comment! Examples based on this gist.

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tags: testing, django, mixins,

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