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Writing Angular unit tests for components quickly leads to quite a lot of boilerplate, and if you’re not careful, code duplication and not type-safe code, too. Especially when dealing with forms.

Out of the frustration from this non-ideal code, we decided to write a small library to help with these issues, and to rely on the page object pattern when it makes sense.

Let me thus introduce ngx-speculoos.

It’s free, as in beer, and as in speach.

It uses the standard Angular TestBed and ComponentFixture abstractions, so you should be up to speed in a few minutes.

So, if you’re like us, and would like your tests to be cleaner, more readable, and easier to maintain, please give it a try and tell us what you think about it.

Since a code snippet is worth a thousand words, here’s how you would test that selecting a country in a select box makes an error message disappear, and another cities select box appear, containing expected option values, labels and selection. Note the absence of calls to detectChanges or dispatchEvent. Note the non-duplication of CSS selectors thanks to the page object pattern. And note the (optional) usage of some custom matchers.

    expect(tester.countryErrors).toContainText('The country is mandatory'); 

    expect(['PARIS', 'LYON']);
    expect(['Paris', 'Lyon']);

For more information, see our README and API documentation.

The project is on Github, so don’t hesitate to star the project if you like it, and to request features, improvements or bug fixes, or even to contribute.

What’s that name?

speculoos cookies

Well, ngx stands for Angular extension.

Oh, you meant the other part of the name?

A speculoos is a delicious cookie from Belgium, where one quarter of the Ninja Squad team (i.e. me) comes from.

And speculoos starts with spec, which is how test files are usually named in an Angular project. That sounded like a cool name for this library.