not-allowed
Throws a good user friendly error if a function is called, useful in stubs during testing
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not-allowed

Throws a good user friendly error if a function is called, useful in stubs during testing

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Install

Requires Node version 6 or above.

npm install --save-dev not-allowed

Use

Imagine for example you are testing a stubbed method using sinon and expect the method to be called with string 'foo'.

const sinon = require('sinon')
const o = {
  // method to be stubbed
  say: () => 'hello'
}
// normally, o.say() returns "hello"
console.log('o.say()', o.say())
// "hello"
// but we want to make sure that when called with "foo"
// it returns different value
sinon.stub(o, 'say')
  .withArgs('foo').returns(42)
o.say('foo')
// 42

But what happens when we call the mocked method without any arguments o.say()? Or with unexpected argument o.say('bar')? Sinon will just return undefined, which can cause very tricky errors!

We really want to throw an error in this case because somehow our code is doing an unexpected call. Sinon already provides such feature: stub.throws() and even stub.throws(function() { return new Error(); }) where we can form a detailed message. So we can stub just o.say('foo') and throw an error for any other call.

sinon.stub(o, 'say')
  .throws('nope')
  .withArgs('foo').returns(42)
o.say('foo')
// 42
o.say('bar')
// throws Error('nope')

But

The thrown error does NOT tell us the arguments to the incorrect call! So we would not have any idea that the unexpected call was o.say('bar')! Luckily there is a method .callsFake(fn) in Sinon to call your function instead of throwing "dumb" error. We can use this method to get call's details and throw a very good error

function onlyFoo(a) {
  throw new Error(`Cannot call this stub with argument ${a}`)
}
sinon.stub(o, 'say')
  .callsFake(onlyFoo)
  .withArgs('foo').returns(42)
o.say('bar')
// throws Error('Cannot call this stub with argument bar')

This NPM package just makes it convenient - it serializes arguments intelligently and throws an error.

const notAllowed = require('not-allowed')
sinon.stub(o, 'say')
  .callsFake(notAllowed)
  .withArgs('foo').returns(42)
o.say('bar', 'bar', 42)
// throws Error('Not allowed to call this function with arguments
//    foo bar 42
// ')

Small print

Author: Gleb Bahmutov <gleb.bahmutov@gmail.com> © 2018

License: MIT - do anything with the code, but don't blame me if it does not work.

Support: if you find any problems with this module, email / tweet / open issue on Github

MIT License

Copyright (c) 2018 Gleb Bahmutov <gleb.bahmutov@gmail.com>

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