1. Adding Jasmine to our project.
2. Installing Node.js and npm.
3. Installing and configuring Karma and its plugins.
4. Installing the Grails karma-test-runner plugin.
My focus will be to keep a pretty minimal approach while still explaining each step of the way. This is intended to get you up and running with basic knowledge as quickly as possible.
The first step is to add Jasmine to our project, so we can actually test our code. The easiest way is to navigate to the master distributions and download the standalone files from there. Be sure to remember which version (e.g. 1.x or 2.x) you are using so you can grab the correct Karma adapter later.
The next step we need to take is to install Node.js and npm (not really an acronym), which are required to install and run Karma and its plugins. The exact steps can vary slightly by platform, but the easiest way is to navigate to the download section and grab the files appropriate for your platform. You can also use NVM (Node Version Manager) on OSX and Linux. Either way, be sure to install npm as well (enabled by default).
Once that is complete, we should be ready to install Karma.
Karma is the test runner we’ll be using to actually execute our Jasmine tests from earlier. Installation is pretty simple, and the only major decision we need to make right now is whether to install globally or locally. Karma recommends local installations, so that each individual project can rely on different versions, plugins, etc. The ultimate decision is up to you, and you can (almost) always mix-and-match. The difference in syntax means using the “-g” flag for global, or optionally “–save-dev” for local installation.
So let’s install Karma and the plugins we’ll be using. I’ll expand on what each one does after the code block:
The first line uses npm to install Karma globally. Again, it’s up to you if you prefer a local installation.
The next line installs the karma-jasmine adapter for Jasmine 2.0. The ‘@2_0’ part is important, or we would be installing the adapter for the 1.x line of Jasmine, which will throw errors when run. Of course, if you’re using Jasmine 1.x, be sure to install the adapter for that version.
Following that, we install the PhantomJS launcher, the headless “browser” we’ll be using. Feel free to use another browser launcher instead. The full list is available here. You can even configure multiple browsers, which will run the tests on each one in succession.
Next we install the remote reporter plugin so that the test results can be sent over to a specified server. This is necessary for the Grails plugin to function.
Lastly, we globally install the karma-cli plugin as recommended so we can run the “karma” command anytime from our terminal. This one isn’t necessary, but I’d highly recommend it.
At this point we can enter:
to see the Node modules we have installed locally and globally. You should also notice a “node_modules/” directory with all the locally-installed plugins, which you may want to add to your “.gitignore” file, although the npm FAQ lists a few rules of thumb.
Hopefully everything installed without a hitch so we can move on to the next step!
At this point we have all the components installed but we still need a config file to tell Karma what to run. The easiest way to do this is to type:
This will prompt you with some some basic questions such as which testing framework you wish to use (Jasmine), and which browsers you want to capture . Pick whichever one(s) you installed the packages for above, but if you’ve changed your mind, it will install the proper launcher(s) for you anyway.
At this point you have two options. If you wish to get live feedback on your tests (particularly useful when writing new tests), then make sure the following properties are set as below:
If however, you want to run these via the plugin (and via “grails test-app”), you can use:
I’d actually recommend loading the first configuration regardless and running it with:
This is made possible through the Grails karma-test-runner plugin. We’ve already downloaded the karma-remote-reporter plugin and configured our “karma.conf.js” file, so all we have left is to make Grails aware of it!
First add the plugin dependency to your BuildConfig’s plugins section:
Bear in mind that the config path is hard-coded, so you may want to look into GruntJS as mentioned above if you need different configs per environment.
or run them with the whole suite via: