.net – Unit test fails, tested code works!


I have a simple unit test which tests that a validation function picks up a specific validation issue. The validation item returns a simple object with Item & Message properties. I've written a unit test for this function but this always fails even though I know the function works as expected.

<TestMethod()> Public Sub ContractNote_ValidateForManualInputTest_TradeOrderValueComparison()

    'Can't get this test to work even though validation works!
    Dim CN As ContractNote = New ContractNote
    Dim Trade As New TradeOrder

    Trade.TradeValue = 100

    With CN
        .CNTradeDate = Date.Today
        .CNTradePrice = 1
        .CNTradeUnits = 1
        .CNTradeValue = 1
        .FundManagerReference = "_zzz_"
        .SkandiaCompanyOrderID = "xxx"
        .ParentTradeOrder = Trade
    End With

    Dim ActualItems As System.Collections.Generic.List(Of ValidationItem) =       CN.ValidateForManualInput  

    If actualitems.Count > 0 Then             
        Dim item As ValidationItem = New ValidationItem("Value", "Must match trade value")
        CollectionAssert.Contains(ActualItems, item, "")
    End If

    Assert.AreNotEqual(0, ActualItems.Count)

End Sub

I've implemented IComparable on ValidationItem (I have a separate unit test which confirms this works). Am I Using CollectionAssert correctly?

Best Solution

The MSDN doc for CollectionAssert.Contains(collection,element,message) says:

Verifies that the specified collection contains the specified element. The assertion fails if the element is not found in the collection. Displays a message if the assertion fails.

Assuming CN.ValidateForManualInput returns a List of ValidationItems in ActualItems, let me call those items "A", "B" and "C" for a moment.

Next you create a new ValidationItem, constructing it with "Value" and "Must match trade value". Let me call this new ValidationItem "D" for a moment.

I think that your problem may be that your call to CollectionAssert.Contains() effectively says:

Assert that D is in the list that has only 3 items in it, A, B and C.

But it isn't, so the test fails.

What if, instead of CollectionInsert.Contains(), you loop over all the items in ActualItems and check each with something like:

Assert (ActualItems[ii].message is Not "Must match trade value")

(That may not be exact VB syntax. I usually write C#.)

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