Comparing Java Mock Frameworks – Part 1: The Contenders
12/09/2010 3 Comments
Update 2010/10/06: I removed rMock from the list because it hasn’t been maintained for a while. I might take a look at it some other time.
Update 2010/09/24: I removed the comparison of spying capabilities. Indeed, I believe that such frameworks are not intended for state verification but behaviour verification and stubbing only.
This is the first instalment in the series Comparing Java Mock Frameworks. Here, I present the frameworks that I intend to compare. The whole series consists of the following posts:
Since a while ago, I wanted to line up the major mock frameworks in Java. I am used to Mockito, which I must say I utilize a lot when I have to deal with Test Doubles.
I must confess that I very often use a mock framework instead of writing my own test doubles, even in trivial cases. I find it quite handy because, I don’t have to care about those mocks if I later change the interface of the mocked class. Others prefer writing their own mocks in many cases.
I use mock frameworks when I need to impersonate a class for the purpose of testing the behaviour of the class under test. I mostly follow the following patterns:
- Test Stub: I need to replace a class in order to return values when the class under test calls some methods on the object. I can also use the test stub to throw an exception to test error handling in the class under test.
- Mock Object: I need to replace a class in order to verify how the class under test interacts with the mock object.
In a mini-series of posts, I will compare mock frameworks for Java to determine which ones best suits me. Here is the list of the different ways I will use them for the comparison:
|Instantiation and overriding||
|Fluency of the API||
|Specifics||Features that make the framework stand out of the crowd|
Here are the frameworks that I will compare:
I will evaluate the frameworks based on my needs. I won’t claim that everyone should, from now on, use the framework I’ll choose :-)