MetaModels phpunit contao database classes

1.0.1 2016-07-20 11:18 UTC

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What you can expect here.

This repository holds a small subset of classes that can be used to fake a Contao database connection.

To do so, you define the queries and their result sets.


Add "metamodels/phpunit-contao-database": "~1.0" to your composer.json in the require-dev section and you are set.

How to use it.

In your unit test you simply replace the original Contao database classes by calling the following code (before the original Contao database classes get loaded via autoloading!). A good place might be the setUp()-method of your test case.

class MyTest extends \PHPUnit_Framework_TestCase
     * Register the database.
     * @return void
    public function setUp()

Using it in unit tests

You should use dependency injection for proper unit testing, then you can use something like this:

$objectToTest = new ClassToTest();
$database     = \MetaModels\Test\Contao\Database::getNewTestInstance();

// Inject the database into the instance.

    ->theQuery('SELECT * FROM test WHERE id=?')
              'id'     => 1,
              'tstamp' => 343094400,
              'title'  => 'test'

// This method will call the above query internally and will receive the given result.
$result = $objectToTest->testMethod();

$this->assertEquals(1, $result->getId());
$this->assertEquals(343094400, $result->getModificationTime());
$this->assertEquals('test', $result->getTitle());

If you should be in the unfortunate position that you can not use dependency injection, as the underlying code is using Database::getInstance(), you are not out of luck. You can use the method $database = \MetaModels\Test\Contao\Database::getNewTestInstance(); which will return the "default" database instance then.

However using this approach is not suggested as the instance will be shared over all unit tests.