Speed Up Your Integration Tests with a Jig
February 7, 2014[
If you've written enough integration tests (with Capybara et al.), you must have noticed how much time your tests spend just logging into your web app. Even if it takes 1 second each time, it starts to add up. Here's a solution that I've written several times, now. I create a test "jig" that allows me to authenticate into my application with a single
This is a simple override of the normal Devise session controller. Next I add a route that is only present in a development or testing environment.
There, that's about it. Now, whenever you need to authenticate to your system, say in a Capybara test, you can replace your multi-line login steps with a single
And you will be authenticated!
I also use this during development to log in as different test users by creating bookmarks in my browser.