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Field Injection When Mocking Frameworks Fail

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Field Injection When Mocking Frameworks Fail

Learn more about field injection with mocking frameworks, and CDI in applications when unit testing Java classes.

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You are using Dependency Injection (CDI) in your application and you want to unit test your Java classes without making it an integration test by using Weld or Arquillian. You are using a Mocking framework like Mockito or EasyMock but still have trouble getting all your dependencies injected into the class because one of the injections is a String type or another final class.

Cannot mock/spy class java.lang.String
Mockito cannot mock/spy following:
   - final classes
   - anonymous classes
   - primitive types

I personally came by this challenge after writing a couple of @Producer methods for injecting a property from a property file. So in effect I was injecting a String and I had trouble writing a test for it.


Create your own small injection utility method:

  public static void injectField(final Object injectable, 
                                 final String fieldname, 
                                 final Object value) {
      try {
          final java.lang.reflect.Field field = injectable.getClass()
          final boolean origionalValue = field.isAccessible();
          field.set(injectable, value);
      } catch (final NoSuchFieldException | IllegalAccessException e) {
          throw new RuntimeException(e.getMessage(), e);

So if you have a class like this, with an @Inject and no setter, you want to test:

package nl.ivonet.example;
import javax.inject.Inject;
public class Greeting {
    private String greeting;

    public String toString() {
        return this.greeting;

You can test it like this:

package nl.ivonet.example;
import org.junit.Test;
import static nl.ivonet.example.utility.CDI.injectField;
import static org.hamcrest.core.Is.is;
import static org.junit.Assert.assertThat;

public class GreetingTest {
    public void testToString() throws Exception {
        Greeting greeting = new Greeting();
        injectField(greeting, "greeting", "Hello, world");
        assertThat(greeting.toString(), is("Hello, world"));

For other Injectables, you can still use Mockito or your Mocking framework of choice but for final classes you can do the above.

Have fun,


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