Using Reflection for Testing

I am working on a presentation about the ‘Single Responsibility Principle’, based on my previous post.
It take most of my time.

In the meantime, I want to share a sample code of how I use to test inner fields in my classes.
I am doing it for a special case of testing, which is more of an integration test.
In the standard unit testing of the dependent class, I am using mocks of the dependencies.

The Facts

  1. All of the fields (and dependencies in our classes are private
  2. The class do not have getters for its dependencies
  3. We wire things up using Spring (XML context)
  4. I wan to verify that dependency interface A is wired correctly to dependent class B

One approach would be to wire everything and then run some kind of integration test of the logic.
I don’t want to do this. It will make the test hard to maintain.

The other approach is to check wiring directly.
And for that I am using reflection.

Below is a sample code of the testing method, and the usage.
Notice how I am catching the exception and throws a RuntimeException in case there is a problem.
This way, I have cleaner tested code.

Request Validation and Filtering by Flags – Redesign and Refactoring

In the previous posts I started describing a validation / filtering framework we’re building.
While showing the code, I am trying to show clean code, test orientation and code evolution.
It has some agility in the process; We know the end requirements, but the exact details are evolving over time.

During the development we have changed the code to be more general as we saw some patterns in it.
The code evolved as the flow evolved as well.

The flow as we now understand it
Here’s a diagram of the flow we’ll implement

Request Sequence

Request Sequence

The Pattern
At each step of the sequence (validation, filtering, action), we recognized the same pattern:

  1. We have specific implementations (filters, validations)
  2. We have an engine that wraps up the specific implementations
  3. We need to map the implementations by flag, and upon request’s flags, select the appropriate implementations.
  4. We need to have a class that calls the mapper and then the engine

A diagram showing the pattern

The Pattern

The Pattern

Source Code
In order to show some of the evolution of the code, and how refactoring changed it, I added tags in GitHub after major changes.

Code Examples
Let’s see what came up from the mapper pattern.

public interface MapperByFlag<T> {
  List<T> getOperations(Request request);
public abstract class AbstractMapperByFlag<T> implements MapperByFlag<T> {
  private List<T> defaultOperations;
  private Map<String, List<T>> mapOfOperations;

  public AbstractMapperByFlag(List<T> defaultOperations, Map<String, List<T>> mapOfOperations) {
    this.defaultOperations = defaultOperations;
    this.mapOfOperations = mapOfOperations;

  public final List<T> getOperations(Request request) {
    Set<T> selectedFilters = Sets.newHashSet(defaultOperations);
    Set<String> flags = request.getFlags();
    for (String flag : flags) {
      if (mapOfOperations.containsKey(flag)) {
    return Lists.newArrayList(selectedFilters);
  public RequestValidationByFlagMapper(List<RequestValidation> defaultValidations,
    map<String, List<RequestValidation>> mapOfValidations) {
    super(defaultValidations, mapOfValidations);

  public ItemFiltersByFlagMapper(List<Filter> defaultFilters, Map<String, List<Filter>> mapOfFilters) {
    super(defaultFilters, mapOfFilters);

I created a test for the abstract class, to show the flow itself.
The tests of the implementations use Java Reflection to verify that the correct injected parameters are sent to the super.
I am showing the imports here as well. To have some reference for the static imports, mockito and hamcrest packages and classes.

import static org.hamcrest.Matchers.containsInAnyOrder;
import static org.junit.Assert.assertThat;
import static org.mockito.Mockito.when;

import java.util.List;
import java.util.Map;

import org.eyal.requestvalidation.model.Request;
import org.junit.Before;
import org.junit.Test;
import org.junit.runner.RunWith;
import org.mockito.Mock;
import org.mockito.runners.MockitoJUnitRunner;


public class AbstractMapperByFlagTest {
	private final static String FLAG_1 = "flag 1";
	private final static String FLAG_2 = "flag 2";

	private Request request;

	private String defaultOperation1 = "defaultOperation1";
	private String defaultOperation2 = "defaultOperation2";
	private String mapOperation11 = "mapOperation11";
	private String mapOperation12 = "mapOperation12";
	private String mapOperation23 = "mapOperation23";

	private MapperByFlag<String> mapper;

	public void setup() {
		List<String> defaults = Lists.newArrayList(defaultOperation1, defaultOperation2);
		Map<String, List<String>> mapped = ImmutableMap.<String, List<String>> builder()
		        .put(FLAG_1, Lists.newArrayList(mapOperation11, mapOperation12))
		        .put(FLAG_2, Lists.newArrayList(mapOperation23, mapOperation11)).build();
		mapper = new AbstractMapperByFlag<String>(defaults, mapped) {

	public void whenRequestDoesNotHaveFlagsShouldReturnDefaultFiltersOnly() {
		when(request.getFlags()).thenReturn(Sets.<String> newHashSet());

		List<String> filters = mapper.getOperations(request);
		assertThat(filters, containsInAnyOrder(defaultOperation1, defaultOperation2));

	public void whenRequestHasFlagsNotInMappingShouldReturnDefaultFiltersOnly() {
		when(request.getFlags()).thenReturn(Sets.<String> newHashSet("un-mapped-flag"));
		List<String> filters = mapper.getOperations(request);
		assertThat(filters, containsInAnyOrder(defaultOperation1, defaultOperation2));
	public void whenRequestHasOneFlagShouldReturnWithDefaultAndMappedFilters() {
		when(request.getFlags()).thenReturn(Sets.<String> newHashSet(FLAG_1));
		List<String> filters = mapper.getOperations(request);
		assertThat(filters, containsInAnyOrder(mapOperation12, defaultOperation1, mapOperation11, defaultOperation2));
	public void whenRequestHasTwoFlagsShouldReturnWithDefaultAndMappedFiltersWithoutDuplications() {
		when(request.getFlags()).thenReturn(Sets.<String> newHashSet(FLAG_1, FLAG_2));
		List<String> filters = mapper.getOperations(request);
		assertThat(filters, containsInAnyOrder(mapOperation12, defaultOperation1, mapOperation11, defaultOperation2, mapOperation23));
public class RequestValidationByFlagMapperTest {

	private List<RequestValidation> defaultValidations;
	private Map<String, List<RequestValidation>> mapOfValidations;

	private RequestValidationByFlagMapper mapper;

	public void verifyParameters() throws NoSuchFieldException, SecurityException, IllegalArgumentException,
	        IllegalAccessException {
		Field defaultOperationsField = AbstractMapperByFlag.class.getDeclaredField("defaultOperations");
        List<RequestValidation> actualFilters = (List<RequestValidation>) defaultOperationsField.get(mapper);
		assertThat(actualFilters, sameInstance(defaultValidations));

		Field mapOfFiltersField = AbstractMapperByFlag.class.getDeclaredField("mapOfOperations");
		Map<String, List<RequestValidation>> actualMapOfFilters = (Map<String, List<RequestValidation>>) mapOfFiltersField.get(mapper);
		assertThat(actualMapOfFilters, sameInstance(mapOfValidations));

To Do
There are other classes that might be candidate for refactoring of some sort.
RequestFlowValidation and RequestFilter are similar.
RequestValidationsEngineImpl and FiltersEngine

To Do 2
Create a Matcher for the reflection part.

As always, all the code can be found at:

A Tag for this post: all-components-in

The infrastructure is almost done.
During this time we are also implementing actual classes for the flow (validations, filters, actions).
These are not covered in the posts, nor in GitHub.
The infrastructure will be wired to a service we have using Spring.
This will be explained in future posts.