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Creating Unit Tests For PersonAppService

You can skip this section if you don't interest in automated testing.

By writing unit test, we can test PersonAppService.GetPeople method without creating a user interface that calls it and shows people on the screen.

We write unit test in .Tests project in the solution. Let's create first test to verify getting people without any filter:

public class PersonAppService_Tests : AppTestBase
    private readonly IPersonAppService _personAppService;

    public PersonAppService_Tests()
        _personAppService = Resolve<IPersonAppService>();

    public void Should_Get_All_People_Without_Any_Filter()
        var persons = _personAppService.GetPeople(new GetPeopleInput());


We derived test class from AppTestBase. AppTestBase class initializes all system, creates an in-memory fake database, seeds initial data (that we created before) to database and logins to application as admin. So, this is actually an integration test since it tests all server-side codes from entity framework mapping to application services, validation and authorization.

In constructor, we get (resolve) an IPersonAppService from dependency injection container. It creates the PersonAppService class with all dependencies. Then we can use it in test methods.

Since we're using xUnit, we add Fact attribute to each test method. In the test method, we called GetPeople method and checked if there are two people in the returned list as we know that there were 2 people in initial database.

Let's run the all unit tests in Test Explorer and see if it works:

xUnit unit test success

As you see, it worked successfully. Now, we know that PersonAppService works properly without any filter. Let's add a new unit test to get filtered people:

public void Should_Get_People_With_Filter()
    var persons = _personAppService.GetPeople(
        new GetPeopleInput
            Filter = "adams"


Again, since we know initial database, we can check returned results easily. Here, initial test data is important. When we change initial data, our test may fail even if our services are correct. So, it's better to write unit tests independent of initial data as much as possible. We could check incoming data to see if every people contains "adams" in his/her name, surname or email. Thus, if we add new people to initial data, our tests remain working.

There are many techniques on unit testing, I kept it simple here. But ASP.NET Zero template makes very easy to write unit and integration tests by base classes and pre-build test codes.


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