Django: Getting Started Transcripts
Chapter: Receiving Uploads in Django
Lecture: Testing an upload view
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0:01 It's that time again, boys and girls. Let's figure out how to test all this new code. Your test suite isn't going to actually upload a file.
0:10 So how do you test an upload view. Well, Django has an answer to that.
0:14 It's the simple uploaded file object which mimics everything you need for testing. Managing tests is often about more than just managing the test code.
0:24 You often have to manage data to go with it. Up until now you've been creating users and books inside of the tests.
0:31 You're not going to want to do that with images. You're going to need a folder somewhere with some data that you can use to do your tests.
0:38 You should manage that data the same way you manage code. It should all be part of your code repo.
0:55 I've just pasted the usual imports and set up here. You've seen all this kind of code before.
1:01 Now for the test, I'm starting out by getting ready adding an author and getting
1:20 the relevant URLs that go with that author. The first thing I'm testing is to make sure you don't see the upload button on
1:35 the author page, if you're not logged in. At this point, I'm still not logged in and I'm making sure that you get redirected
1:51 if you try the upload page. Now I'm logging in and going to the upload page,
2:39 and this is the code that actually tests the upload. I open up an image file from the test data directory,
2:46 create a simple uploaded file object passing in the file I just read and then use that in the posts form dictionary.
2:55 An accepted file should result in a 302 going to the author's page. Now I'm refetching the author to check their picture field. This step is important.
3:12 Remember that these objects are just proxies to the database. If I don't re fetch I'll have a stale copy the one from when I created it.
3:20 The view will have changed the database but the original from a few lines back won't see that. Refetching the author fixes that problem.
3:31 With the new copy, I validate the name of the associated picture file using the user ID naming convention from the view.
3:45 Last I do a bit of cleanup removing the uploaded file. There are better ways of doing this. If the test failed between the upload and this cleanup,
3:53 you'd end up with this file sticking around. Better way to do this would be to create a special uploads directory
4:00 just for the test and use the tear down method, the pair of the setup method to clean up that temp directory.
4:07 I'm a bit lazy though and haven't gone through all that. I did want to put the file delete code here though so that you're aware that
4:13 a side effect of the test would be something in your uploads directory. The rest I'll leave as a homework assignment or you can be lazy like me and
4:21 just delete the files manually, if something goes wrong. Offscreen, I created the data directory and copied Michael.jpeg from my samples in here.
4:36 This is the photo that gets used in the test And there you go. I'm up to nine tests and thankfully they're all still passing.