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[RhinoMocks] Re: Where can I download the source code from the tutorial? David Tchepak Mon Jun 22 05:03:55 2009

Sounds like it might be more beneficial for you to look into unit
testing (and/or TDD) before jumping into Rhino Mocks. Rhino Mocks (and
other mocking frameworks) are used to generate mock implementations a
class' dependencies, but I found the best way to learn was to code
these mocks by hand until it became annoying enough to switch to a

> ...
> First I am unsure why you have this
>  public class InvoiceSender   and not this.
>  public class InvoiceSender : IEmailService

The InvoiceSender uses the IEmailService. This is called dependency
injection (more shameless blog plugs:
By isolating different parts of functionality we can unit test our
code easier.

> You have this
>        private readonly IEmailService emailService;
>        public InvoiceSender(IEmailService emailService)
>        {
>            this.emailService = emailService;
>        }
> I am not sure ...why you are setting this all up in the
> constructor(or even why you have the constructor) and where exactly
> the code is that will pass in the parameter for the constructor.

This is called constructor injection -- it refers to injecting a
class' dependencies in via the constructor (as opposed to setter
injection). The IEmailService implementation is instantiated by
whichever code instantiates the InvoiceSender class.

> In the SendInvoice I don't understand why your actually using
> MailMessage like your not really sending the message or anything(hence
> mocking?). So why could you just got something else there instead(I
> dont' a random string or stuff). Since if I understand it right its
> not like the what every you have will be returned since Send() is
> Void.

The idea is we have isolated our InvoiceSender code -- it needs to
generate a new MailMessage, and use the IEmailService to send it. If
we did not have an IEmailService interface, we'd have to send the
email directly from SendInvoice(), meaning to test it we'd need to
send an actual email, wait for it to arrive, and write code the check
the mailbox. But if we assume we have an IEmailService that works
correctly, we can just test that SendInvoice() calls it with the
correct MailMessage. In this case we use a mocked IEmailService to
check the behaviour of SendInvoice(), and make sure it calls Send()

> ... People recommend
> that I use Rhino Mocks(at first I was going to try to do it without a
> framework but figured might as well use it so I don' t have to relearn
> lots of the stuff later).

I'd really recommend not using a framework at first, and just
concentrate on getting your code unit tested. If you start manually
writing mocks for your dependencies, then you'll understand exactly
what is happening. It will also quickly give you an appreciation of
why a framework like Rhino Mocks is so useful in generating the mocks
for you, and by that time you'll understand how the whole process
works, and it will just be a matter of learning the syntax.

As we're probably well off the topic of Rhino Mocks by now, feel free
to give me an email if you want to keep chatting about this. :)


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