How to mock and unit test moment.js

I’ve been using moment.js in some client work for a rather complex booking form.Unfortunately date related functionality is almost impossible to manually test so we implemented unit tests to ensure everything worked as it should. Code like this is perfect for unit testing because it’s completely rules based.

Mocking moment.js seemed hard at first but wasn’t too complicated after a bit of thought. Here’s an example of how to mock it using mocha.

First we have the booking manager validate function that needs to be tested. This function ensures that customers cannot make bookings for the next day after 3pm. It also ensures customers cannot make bookings for saturday and monday after 3pm on friday.

/** booking-manager.js **/

BookingManager = {
getCurrentTime: function () {
return moment().tz(config.TIMEZONE)    
},
validate: function(formData) {
var bookingDay, currentTime;
currentTime = this.getCurrentTime();
bookingDay = moment(formData.dateAndTime.date, "YYYYMMDD").tz(config.TIMEZONE);
if (bookingDay.isBefore(currentTime, 'day') || bookingDay.isSame(currentTime, 'day')) {
return false;
}
if (currentTime.format('HH') >= config.NEXT_DAY_CUTOFF_TIME) {
if (bookingDay.isSame(moment(currentTime).add('days', 1), 'day')) {
return false;
}
if (currentTime.day() === 5 && bookingDay.day() === 1) {
return false;
}
}
if ((currentTime.day() === 6 || currentTime.day() === 0) && bookingDay.day() === 1) {
return false;
}
return true;
}
}

Now we need to test this function to ensure it works. The problem is we have to test booking restrictions are working on every day of the week. So we need to mock out the getCurrentTime function to pretend we’re submitting the form at different times.

/* booking-manager-unit-test.js **/

describe("BookingManager", function() {
var currentDayOfWeek, currentHour, originalGetCurrentTime, formData;
currentHour = null;
currentDayOfWeek = null;
originalGetCurrentTime = null;
formData = null;

beforeEach(function() {
var currentDayOfWeek, currentHour, originalGetCurrentTime;
currentHour = 12;
currentDayOfWeek = 1;
formData = { dateAndTime: { date: null }};
originalGetCurrentTime = bookingManager.getCurrentTime;
bookingManager.getCurrentTime = function() {
var currentTime;
currentTime = originalGetCurrentTime.call(bookingManager);
currentTime.day(currentDayOfWeek);
currentTime.hour(currentHour);
return currentTime;
};
});

afterEach(function() {
return bookingManager.getCurrentTime = originalGetCurrentTime;
});
});



This is the meat of the mocking. We set up two variables currentHour and currentDayOfWeek. Then we use these in our mock getCurrentTime function to fake the current time.

describe("validate", function() {
it("Should return false if the booking date is the current day or before", function() {
var formData, today;
today = bookingManager.getCurrentTime();
formData.dateAndTime.date = today.format('YYYYMMDD');
assert.equal(bookingManager.validate(formData), false);
});

it("Should return false if the booking is a next day booking and the time is past 3pm", function() {
var currentHour, formData, tomorrow;
currentHour = 16;
tomorrow = bookingManager.getCurrentTime().add('days', 1);
formData.dateAndTime.date = tomorrow.format('YYYYMMDD');
assert.equal(bookingManager.validate(formData), false);
});

it("Should return false if the booking is a next day booking and the time hour is 3pm", function() {
var currentHour, formData, tomorrow;
currentHour = 15;
tomorrow = bookingManager.getCurrentTime().add('days', 1);
formData.dateAndTime.date = tomorrow.format('YYYYMMDD');
assert.equal(bookingManager.validate(formData), false);
});

it("Should return false if the booking is made on saturday for monday", function() {
var currentDayOfWeek, formData, monday;
currentDayOfWeek = 6;
monday = bookingManager.getCurrentTime().add('days', 2);
formData.dateAndTime.date = monday.format('YYYYMMDD');
assert.equal(bookingManager.validate(formData), false);
});

it("Should return false if the booking is made on sunday for monday", function() {
var currentDayOfWeek, formData, monday;
currentDayOfWeek = 0;
monday = bookingManager.getCurrentTime().add('days', 1);
formData.dateAndTime.date = monday.format('YYYYMMDD');
assert.equal(bookingManager.validate(formData), false);
});

it("Should return false if the booking is made on friday after 3pm for monday", function() {
var currentDayOfWeek, currentHour, formData, monday;
currentDayOfWeek = 5;
currentHour = 15;
monday = bookingManager.getCurrentTime().add('days', 3);
formData.dateAndTime.date = monday.format('YYYYMMDD');
assert.equal(bookingManager.validate(formData), false);
});

it("Should return true if the booking is made on friday before 3pm for monday", function() {
var currentDayOfWeek, currentHour, formData, monday;
currentDayOfWeek = 5;
currentHour = 13;
monday = bookingManager.getCurrentTime().add('days', 3);
formData.dateAndTime.date = monday.format('YYYYMMDD');
assert.equal(bookingManager.validate(formData), true);
});

it("Should return true if the booking is a next day booking and the time is before 3pm", function() {
var currentHour, formData, tomorrow;
currentHour = 12;
tomorrow = bookingManager.getCurrentTime().add('days', 1);
formData.dateAndTime.date = tomorrow.format('YYYYMMDD');
assert.equal(bookingManager.validate(formData), true);
});

it("Should return true if it's past 3pm but the booking is not a next day booking", function() {
var currentHour, formData, future;
currentHour = 16;
future = bookingManager.getCurrentTime().add('days', 2);
formData.dateAndTime.date = future.format('YYYYMMDD');
assert.equal(bookingManager.validate(formData), true);
});
});


As you can see using this mock function is quite easy. You simply change the currentHour or currentDayOfWeek variables and that’s what the time becomes.

Have fun coding and let me know if you find any issues with the above code or feel it can be improved.

 

How to stop NodeJS Mocha unit testing console beeping

Thought I’d create this post to save others the 20 minutes I wasted wondering why NodeJS and Mocha Tests were making my console bleep over and over.

The problem isn’t with node, it’s with windows console beeping whenever the console.error command is sent to it (I believe).

You can disable the bleeping by following the instructions here:

http://superuser.com/questions/10575/turning-off-the-cmd-window-beep-sound

The instructions are also below in case this link is ever broken in the future:

┬áThe Windows command line command “net stop beep” will turn off the beeping, and “net start beep” will turn on the beeping.

And how to disable it permanently:

  1. Right-click My Computer and select Manage.
  2. Expand System Tools and select Device Manager.
  3. From the View menu, select Show hidden devices.
  4. Expand Non-Plug and Play Drivers.
  5. Right-click Beep, and select Properties.
  6. Select the Drivers tab.
  7. Click Stop. You can also change the start-up type to Disabled so the beep service never starts.