22. Oct 2022 |

Laravel associative array to collection for unit test

I need to test helper method that accepts Illuminate\Database\Eloquent\Collection as a parameter. But I can not figure out how to prepare it inside a unit test. My logic says it should be simple to create Collection from assoc array. But I just can’t get it to work.

At the moment, not to get stuck, I will probably use feature testing (because if feature (API endpoint) works then probably my helper method also works). Though, it feels stupid workaround.

21. Oct 2022 |

php artisan test – No tests executed

I spend my time so that you don’t have to.

If you are getting the response “No tests executed” from php artisan test then please check that your test classes have their names in singular. ContactTest instead of ContactTests.

I spent like 3h to figure out why my Feature tests don’t run from command line while working well in phpStorm. The reason was that my class names were in plural.


18. Oct 2022 |

Laravel – run PHPUnit test on separate database (with phpStorm)

In phpStorm see Settings -> PHP -> Test Frameworks -> Test Runner. Check if you have default configuration file phpunit.xml checked. No need to change anything in this file.

Create .env.testing and copy whole DB_ block from .env (not just parts that are different). Change values to your test database values.

Then run php artisan config:clear which will clear configuration cache.

Everything should work 🙂

I spent several hours figuring it out. Hopefully you don’t.