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I did it TDD style, with Grunt, Jasmine and PhantomJS.
Therefore, in order to have the window object, tests need to be executed in a browser (I tried to use jsdom but the C++ compilation part is not straightforward at all, and I don’t have much time to waste).
So with Jasmine, everything was cool, I had my library and my unit tests.
Then came the time to include that API in the project I am working on, and I realized that the best was probably to create a Node.js module.
It is when the chaos started, because my Jasmine unit tests couldn’t be used for a Node.js module with my project stack.
Client-side Testing vs Server-side Testing
When you test client-side, you are basically executing your test in a browser and so you have access to the window object.
Jasmine is the testing library that I use to execute my tests.
Grunt is the utility I use to execute my tasks, in particular executing jasmine to run my tests.
When executed from Grunt, grunt-contrib-jasmine is executing tests client-side using PhantomJs as a (headless) browser.
Which means that you don’t have access to Node.JS modules support and the require(“module”); won’t work.
And that is a problem, since you want to use this, in order to test your node module, in the same condition than when you will use your module in a real project.
The other way, running jasmine test server-side is not a good solution either, because you won’t have access to the browser’s window object, so if you are testing browser-related code, it will not work.
Finally I manage to find the solution, using CasperJS, that allows me to run test with node modules and have access to the browser (PhantomJS too) even on the server side.
You can look at my project HtmlAssert.js. The Gruntfile.js has the definition of the CasperJS task, and inside the /test directory you will see how I wrote my tests using CasperJS’s BDD capabilities.
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