@zavr/karma-server-side
Ever wanted to interact with the host system when running karma tests? This module allows the tests running in your browser to do things on the server-side, that is, in node. This means you can run API or DB setup code from your tests inside karma.
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Karma Server Side

Ever wanted to interact with the host system when running karma tests? This module allows the tests running in your browser to do things on the server-side, that is, in node. This means you can run API or DB setup code from your tests inside karma.

Also, when you change your server-side files, they'll be reloaded on the next test run. No need to reload karma!

install

npm install karma-server-side

Edit your karma.conf.js to look like this, add server-side to the frameworks array:

module.exports = function(config) {
  config.set({

    ...

    frameworks: [..., 'server-side'],

    ...

  });
}

usage

In your tests (in the browser):

var server = require('karma-server-side');

server.run(function () {
  console.log('this is run on the server');
  return 'result';
}).then(function (result) {
  // result == 'result'
});

run returns a promise which completes when the function has executed on the server.

require

You can require modules on the server side by using serverRequire or require. Note that if you use require and browserify, then browserify will try to resolve those modules and bundle them into the test code in the browser.

serverRequire and require requires files relative to the current working directory of karma, not from the current test file.

promises

If you return a promise from the function passed to run() then run() will wait for it to complete.

server.run(function () {
  var fs = serverRequire('fs-promise');
  return fs.readFile('afile.txt', 'utf-8');
}).then(function (fileContents) {
  // fileContents is the contents of afile.txt
});

returning a promise

If you use runPromise method, it will return a promise to execute your function on the server, and it will be resolved with an object containing the promise you requested, e.g.,

server.runPromise(function () {
  var fs = serverRequire('fs-promise');
  return fs.readFile('afile.txt', 'utf-8');
}).then(function (res) {
  // res: { promise: Promise{} }
  return res.promise;
}).then(function (fileContents) {
  // fileContents is the contents of afile.txt
});

This allows to synchronise code execution between browsers and Karma server. For example:

it('should listen for requests') {
  var p = server.run(function () {
    return new Promise(function (resolve) {
      // assuming we've created some http server in context beforehand
      this.httpServer.once('request', resolve);
    });
  });
  request('http://localhost:8080/test');
  return p;
}

Here, we will tell an http server to resolve a promise on request, however due to the fact that the socket.io message from the browser to the server might take a few ms to be delivered, our test would have executed the request before the promise was created. To solve this problem, we use runPromise which returns a promise which gurantees that the message was delived, and it is resolved with an object { promise: Promise{} }, so that the promises are not chained.

it('should listen for requests') {
 return server.runPromise(function () {
    return new Promise(function (resolve) {
      // assuming we've created some http server in context beforehand
      this.httpServer.once('request', resolve);
    });
  }).then(function (res) {
    // promise has been created on the server, can send a request now
    request('http://localhost:8080/test');
    return res.promise;
  });
}

passing arguments

You can pass arguments to the function:

server.run(1, 2, function (a, b) {
  return a + b;
}).then(function (result) {
  // result == 3
});

run context

The this inside the function can be used to store values between calls to run():

server.run(function () {
  this.x = 'something';
}).then(function () {
  server.run(function () {
    return this.x;
  }).then(function (result) {
    // result == 'something'
  });
});

Debug

karma-server-side uses debug so you can see debug information by running karma with a DEBUG=karma-server-side variable:

DEBUG=karma-server-side karma start

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