Use property matchers in snapshot tests with Jest
With the right process in place, snapshot tests can be a great way to detect unintended changes in any part of your application that can be serialized. By grabbing a snapshot of your data in a known state, it takes a relatively small amount of code to check new output against your snapshot on each test run. When the output you want to test includes volatile data such as random number or dates, you end up updating your snapshot on every test run and your snapshot tests lose their value. Starting with Jest 23.0, the
toMatchSnapshot method of
expect allows you to define property matchers for specific keys in objects. Now we can specify that a value is of a certain type, while ignoring the specific value. In this lesson, we'll see an example of an object with non-deterministic values, and use property matchers in
.toMatchSnapshot() to verify types while allowing for variation in those values.