Week 2, video 3, 37.08 min ---> Work work for me, please HELP!

At the part of the third video (Writing Unit Tests) where Josh Clayton adds the scenario for testing completed todos and adds all the relevant code and runs the rspec on that code, it works for him but won’t work for me.

Here is the Gist that includes the controller, the routes, the index.html.erb, the integration/manage_todos_spec.rb files and the terminal output.

This issue is only partly resolved. When slightly refactoring the code in the integration/manage_todos file, I get a failure where I shouldn’t. If there’s a typo in the code, I am unable to see it. Any help at all would really be appreciated.

This is just a guess, but it looks like in line 3 of your index.html.erb, the ‘completed’ string needs to start with a space. As it is, that line is giving list elements that are completed one css class called todocomplete instead two separate classes, one called todo and one called complete.

I might be wrong. so let me know if that doesn’t work.

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I caught that after I went over my code for the 7th time and fixed it. However, during the refactoring part, I still get the same error. I should not get that error because I merely passed description to a method. Yet, I get an error saying that the problem is in lines 23, 27 and 49 of my code when I am not seeing what is wrong with the code.

require ‘spec_helper’

feature ‘Manage todos’ do
scenario ‘create new todo’ do

create_todo_with_description 'Read three chapters of RSpec book'

user_sees_todo_item 'Read three chapters of RSpec book'
# RSpec deletes all the todos from the database


scenario ‘view only my todos’ do
# todo = Todo.where(description: ‘Read three chapters of RSpec book’).first
# expect(todo).to be_nil

create(:todo, description: 'Buy coffee cream', owner_email: 'not_me@example.com')
user_does_not_see_todo_item 'Buy coffee cream'


scenario ‘denote completed todos’ do

create_todo_with_description 'Buy coffee cream'    

user_sees_completed_todo_item 'Buy coffee cream'    


def complete_todo(description)
within “li.todo:contains(‘#{description}’)” do
click_link ‘Complete’

def create_todo_with_description(description)
click_link ‘Add new todo’
fill_in ‘Description’, with: description
click_button ‘Create todo’

def user_sees_todo_item(description)
expect(page).to have_css ‘li.todo’, text: description

def user_sees_completed_todo_item(description)
expect(page).to have_css ‘li.todo.completed’, text: description

def user_does_not_see_todo_item(description)
expect(page).not_to have_css ‘li.todo’, text: description

The following def block was moved into a module

to keep our features nice and slim.

The logic for signing in is in a module

that can be managed separately, so if the logic for

signing in changes, it’s all contained in the

SignInHelpers module under spec/support.

def sign_in

visit root_path

fill_in ‘Email address’, with: ‘person@email.com’

click_button ‘Sign In’



➜ todos git:(master) ✗ rspec spec/integration/manage_todos_spec.rb
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  1. Manage todos denote completed todos
    Failure/Error: expect(page).to have_css ‘li.todo.completed’, text: description
    expected css “li.todo.completed” with text “Buy coffee cream” to return something

    ./spec/integration/manage_todos_spec.rb:49:in `user_sees_completed_todo_item’

    ./spec/integration/manage_todos_spec.rb:28:in `block (2 levels) in <top (required)>’

Finished in 0.31083 seconds
3 examples, 1 failure

Failed examples:

rspec ./spec/integration/manage_todos_spec.rb:23 # Manage todos denote completed todos

Randomized with seed 48802

➜ todos git:(master) ✗