The Grumpy Programmer's PHPUnit Cookbook
The Grumpy Programmer's PHPUnit Cookbook
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The Grumpy Programmer's PHPUnit Cookbook

Last updated on 2018-08-09

About the Book

Learning how to use PHPUnit doesn't have to suck

PHPUnit is the most commonly-used unit testing framework for PHP developers. While it's very powerful it also has a big learning curve. You know now is the time to master it but you have no idea where to start. There's lots of examples but you need some guidance on how to use it's features.

My name is Chris Hartjes. I'm a long-time PHP developer who has been promoting testing practices for almost a decade. For almost a decade I have spoken at conferences about best practices for writing tests and been recognized as an expert on unit testing. Now, I want to help you learn to use PHPUnit to create tests that give you confidence that your code is on the right track.

You'll know exactly how to tackle your existing code. You'll learn how to drive new features with your tests. You'll write tests that run fast and keep you moving quickly. Here's what I cover:

  • How PHPUnit actually works
  • Creating test doubles
  • Creating data providers
  • Data fixtures that grow along with your application
  • How PHPUnit can be used to test API's
  • How to configure and use it's built-in database testing tool DBUnit
  • How to test exceptions

"The Grumpy Programmer's PHPUnit Cookbook" is a collection of tips and tricks for making PHPUnit do what you need it do in order to write tests for your code. With the information contained in this book you will get a jump start to make writing tests something you do effortlessly.

About the Author

Chris Hartjes
Chris Hartjes

Chris Hartjes has been building and testing web applications of all shapes and sizes since 1998, with a focus on best practices and how to use testing as an effective development tool.

By day he works for Mozilla testing services that the Firefox web browser talks to while by night he works on building his online info-product empire through

He lives in the snowy wilds of Lucan, Ontario, Canada,

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • PHPUnit For Grumpy Developers
    • Installing And Configuring
    • Minimum Viable Test Class
    • Making Your Tests Tell You What’s Failed
    • Configuring Run Time Options
    • Test Environment Configuration
    • Organizing Your Tests
  • Test Doubles
    • Why We Need Them
    • What Are They
    • Dummy Objects
    • Test Stubs
    • Test Spies
    • More Object Testing Tricks
  • Data Providers
    • Why You Should Use Data Providers
    • Look At All Those Tests
    • Creating Data Providers
    • More Complex Examples
    • Data Provider Tricks
  • Creating Test Data
    • Data Source Snapshots
    • Fake It When You Need To
  • Testing API’s
    • Testing Talking To The API Itself
    • Wrapping Your API Calls
  • Testing Databases
    • Functional Tests vs. Unit Tests
    • Sandboxes
    • DBUnit
    • Our First DBUnit Test
    • Mocking Database Connections
    • Mocking vs. Fixtures
  • Testing Exceptions
    • Testing Using Annotations
    • Testing Using setExpectedException
    • Testing Using try-catch

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