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Unit Testing a Directive

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In this lesson you will unit test a simple AngularJS directive

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In this lesson you will unit test a simple AngularJS directive


Do you have the source for this? The example doesn't work

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The api changed so that you now need to use isolateScope() to access an isolated scope of a directive.

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Any chance you could update this so that it works? It would be good but there are definitely pieces missing as well as you aren't showing your karma.conf.js which would be beneficial.

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John Lindquist: Let's move on from testing a "hello, world" example to testing a directive. We have our app module over here. Let's load that up using the module syntax, and then we'll do a new describe. We'll call this "ehSimple" for "egghead simple," and we'll say that it should add a class of plain. Whenever I add this ehSimple directive, it's going to add a plain class, so we'll expect our element to have class of plain.

This should be true. It's false. We want it to be true, so we'll create the directive. Let's add it here first. We'll say "ehSimple."

Now if we create this directive, we'll say "app directive ehSimple," and then we return a function scope and element. We'll just say "element add class simple." Oops, I mean "plain." I typed "plain" there. I meant to type "simple," but whatever. We got it to pass.

That's the simplest way to test a directive. You do a similar thing where you just create the element, you compile it, pass in a scope, and then you can start testing things on the element by loading up your module using this syntax.

If this is starting to look intimidating, don't worry. This stuff right here gets really repetitive on all of your tests. You're going to do this all the time, where you just inject things and then reference them throughout your tests. Writing these really isn't that difficult.

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