using mocks to test mailers in rspec

I was in the situation where I needed to test the delivery of emails based on specific sets of events. I began testing by inspecting sent emails in ActionMailer::Base.deliveries. However, this method of testing felt verbose and sloppy.

RSpec mocks is a great solution when you need to test that a specific method was called. In my case, I want a fundraiser to receive an email after a campaign goal is reached.

class DonationFunding
  attr_reader :donation

  def initialize(donation)
    @donation = donation

  def fund
    # do some work

  before do
    donation.amount = campaign.goal_amount + 1!

  # Make a donation that exceeds the funding goal

  let!(:funder) {
    funder = donation

  # set up the donation for funding

  it 'sends email goal amount reached email to the curator' do
    expect(CampaignMailer).to receive(:notify_curator_campaign_goal_reached).and_call_original

  # Expect a CampaignMailer.notify_curator_campaign_goal_reached email to be sent

The definition for the method and_call_original is, “You can use and_call_original on the fluent interface to “pass through” the received message to the original method.” What exactly does this mean? It means that when I call, I expect CampaignMailer.notify_curator_campaign_goal_reached to be called.

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