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PHPSpec – Array of mocks in constructor: a practical example

If you know PHPSpec a bit, you certainly are aware of let function.

that helps you to define “automagic” mocks handled directly by PHPSpec and that you can pass to your example

If type and name of your mock is the same of let function, then the mock is the same! And this is very helpful when you want to make predictions and when you want to check them as PHPSpec will take care of it for you!


What about an array of mocks passed into constructor of the class you are spec-ing?

Let’s take a look to the following example

As you can imagine, you cannot pass the “automagic” mock (mocks) in this situation. So the question is: “how to use the *same* mocks in let function and in our examples?

Nothing easier!


In let function you instantiate a Prophet object that is, basically a mocking library/framework that is used in tandem with PHPSpec (which itself use Prophecy).
I suggest to keep the instance ($this->prophet) as it will be useful for next steps (letGo).

Now, you have to create your mocks, and you can do with prophet and prophesize.
Even for the mocks, I suggest to keep them into a private variable that will be used for predictions in your examples (it_use_bars)

letGo function is here to check explicitly (no signature mocks, no magic!) the expectations you have made on bars: without checkPredictionsbars are only stubs or dummies.

Of course you can use prophet and this approach not only for constructor but for any mock that you could not or you don’t want to pass as a parameter.

This tutorial is very tiny but, in my humble opinion, could be a time saver for many newbie users!

See you next time!



HI Samuele,

thanks for the tip. I’ve just used to simulate a bunch of mocks to have them available across the examples, even using willReturn with another mocks as parameter. It’s really great to create some complex examples.

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