Custom Matchers

TestBox comes with a decent amount of matchers that cover what we believe are common scenarios. However, we recommend that you create custom matchers that meet your needs and criteria so that you can avoid duplication and have re-usability.

Every custom matcher is a function and must have the following signature, with MyMatcher being the name of your custom matcher function:

boolean function MyMatcher( required expectation, args={} )

The matcher function receives the expectation object and a second argument which is a structure of all the arguments with which the matcher function was called with. It must then return a true or a false depending if it passes your criteria. It will most likely use the expectation object to retrieve the actual and isNot values. It can also set a custom failure message on the expectation object itself by using the message property of the expectation object.

boolean function reallyFalse( expectation, args={} ){
     expectation.message = ( structKeyExists( args, "message" ) ? args.message : "[#expectation.actual#] is not really false" );
     if( expectation.isNot )
          return ( expectation.actual eq true );
          return ( expectation.actual eq false );

The next step is to tell TestBox about your matcher.

Matcher Registration

You can register matcher functions in several ways within TestBox, but we always recommend that you register them inside of the beforeAll() or beforeEach() life-cycle method blocks for performance considerations and global availability.

Inline matchers

You can pass a structure of key\/value pairs of the matchers you would like to register. The key is the name of the matcher function and the value is the closure function representation.

function beforeAll(){

  addMatchers( {
       toBeAwesome : function( expectation, args={} ){ return expectation.actual gte 100; },
       toBeGreat : function( expectation, args={} ){ return expectation.actual gte 1000; },
       // please note I use positional values here, you can also use name-value arguements.
       toBeGreaterThan : function( expectation, args={} ){ return ( expectation.actual gt args[ 1 ]  ); }
  } );


After it is registered, then you can use it.

it("A custom matcher", function(){
  expect( 100 ).toBeAwesome();
  expect( 5000 ).toBeGreat();
  expect( 10 ).toBeGreaterThan( 5 );

CFC Matchers

You can also store a plethora of matchers (Yes, I said plethora), in a CFC and register that as the matchers via its instantiation path. This provides much more flexibility and re-usability for your projects.

addMatchers( "model.util.MyMatchers" );

You can also register a CFC instance:

addMatchers( new models.util.MyMatchers() );

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