Duplicate Test Names

One of my biggest pet peeves of writing tests in ruby is based on something that makes ruby great. The openness of code.

...

def test_something
  # some assertions
end

...

def test_something
  # test with different assertions
end

...

Perhaps it's my consistency towards test names or perhaps I'm focusing on the tree in the forest. But I've found myself in this problem more than a few times, editing the first test rather than the second, but the second essentially overrides the definition of the first.

In order to help detect this, I created a small rake task that searches through all tests, and checks the uniqueness of the test names within a test case.

It does ignore commented methods, however right now only accounts for # .

I may convert this into a plugin later, but until then save this in RAILS_ROOT/lib/tasks

> rake test:check_names
Everything looks good

> rake test:check_names
rake aborted
Multiple methods ["def test_something"] in test/unit/some_test.rb

(See full trace by running task with --trace)

While this keeps an eye out for me, I'm still lazy enough not to run it all the time. I decided to make it a core task for continuous integration, and then check it manually when I'm stumped why tests are not behaving as they should.