Today we are developing a ASP.NET Web API When a project writes unit tests , I can't stand the stupid way before , Decided to reform .

Before Web API The following operations are required for unit testing of :

Initial configuration :

1) stay IIS Create a site to specify Web API project

2) stay hosts Plus the site's IP Address resolution

Every time you change the code :

3) After modifying the code, press F6 compile

4) use TestDriven.Net Run unit tests

You can see that this method is good 、 How stupid 、 It's a pain in the neck . The ideal way is : No initial configuration is required , After modifying the code, you don't need to press F6 compile , Run unit tests directly , Complete the operation in one step .

I can't stand the old way today 、 Can't stand the temptation of the ideal way , Determined to solve this problem , Finally through Owin Host Realized , Share it through this blog post .

use Owin Host The idea of implementation is very simple , It's in unit testing with Owin Host function ASP.NET Web API Site , Then the unit test code directly requests this Owin Host Site for testing .

our Web API The project is based on ASP.NET 4.5 + ASP.NET Web API 5.2.3 Developed , No, OWIN Related code , So we have to start with Web API Add some code to the project , In order to let Owin Host Can load .

First nuget install Owin bag (IAppBuilder In this bag ):

PM> Install-Package Owin

Then add Startup.cs:

public class Startup
public void Configuartion(IAppBuilder app)

next nuget install Microsoft.AspNet.WebApi.Owin bag (app.UseWebApi The extension method is in this package )

PM> Install-Package Microsoft.AspNet.WebApi.Owin

stay Startup.Configuratrion Method , call WebApiConfig.Register Method ( This has been achieved before , Routing configuration is one of them ) To configure HttpConfiguration, Then register it to OWIN In the pipeline .

public class Startup
public void Configuration(IAppBuilder app)
var configuraton = new HttpConfiguration();

Web API The project only needs such a simple transformation , You can support Owin Host, No side effects , Does not affect the use of IIS Deployment site .

The transformation of unit test code is also very simple , Just use it before the run test Microsoft.Owin.Hosting Medium WebApp.Start() Method loading Web API Site .

First nuget install Owin Host Bag of :

PM> Install-Package Microsoft.Owin.Hosting
PM> Install-Package Microsoft.Owin.Host.HttpListener

Then use... In the constructor of the test class WebApp.Start() start-up Web API Site :

public class CommentsWebApiTest : IDisposable
private const string HOST_ADDRESS = "http://localhost:8001";
private IDisposable _webApp;
public CommentsWebApiTest()
_webApp = WebApp.Start<Startup>(HOST_ADDRESS);
Console.WriteLine("Web API started!");
} public void Dispose()

And then you can get out of IIS It's incredibly easy to Web API Unit test of .

Let's have a practical experience :

1) stay Web API In the project, a ApiController

public class CommentsController : ApiController
public async Task<IHttpActionResult> Get(int postId)
var comments = new Comment[] { new Comment {
PostId = postId,
Body = "Coding changes the world1" } };
return Ok<Comment[]>(comments);

2) Based on Owin Host run Web API Unit test code for the site

public class CommentsWebApiTest : IDisposable
private const string HOST_ADDRESS = "http://localhost:8001";
private IDisposable _webApp;
private HttpClient _httClient; public CommentsWebApiTest()
_webApp = WebApp.Start<Startup>(HOST_ADDRESS);
Console.WriteLine("Web API started!");
_httClient = new HttpClient();
_httClient.BaseAddress = new Uri(HOST_ADDRESS);
Console.WriteLine("HttpClient started!");
} public void Dispose()
} [Fact]
public async Task GetComments()
var postId = ;
var response = await _httClient.GetAsync($"/blogposts/{postId}/comments");
if(response.StatusCode != HttpStatusCode.OK)
Console.WriteLine(await response.Content.ReadAsStringAsync());
Assert.Equal(HttpStatusCode.OK, response.StatusCode);
var comments = await response.Content.ReadAsAsync<Comment[]>();
Assert.Equal(postId, comments[].PostId);
Assert.Equal("Coding changes the world", comments[].Body);

notes : except nuget install Microsoft.Owin.Hosting And Microsoft.Owin.Host.HttpListener bag , And install Microsoft.AspNet.WebApi.Client bag (ReadAsAsync<Comment[]> In this bag ).

3) Run unit tests : In the unit test method, right-click and click Run Test(s)( It's using TestDriven.Net, Will compile automatically before unit testing )

4) Look at the unit test results , Verification test Web API Is the ideal way to achieve :

Output from WebApiTests.CommentsWebApiTest.GetComments:
Web API started!
HttpClient started! 1 passed, 0 failed, 0 skipped, took 4.91 seconds ( 1.9.2 build 1705).

The test passed ! The ideal way to achieve !

This experience proves once again that , When there's a problem that affects the fun of writing code , Make up your mind to solve it as soon as possible , Otherwise, the time it wastes is probably the time it takes to solve the problem n times , And most of the time, how easy it is to solve a problem depends on how determined you are .

【 to update 】

There's a place to pay attention to , In the unit test, with owin host function web api Site time , Configuration information ( For example, a database connection string ) It's from the unit test project app.config Read from , Not from web api Project web.config Read from , So will web.config Copy the relevant configuration in to app.config in .

【 Reference material 】

ASP.NET Web API Integration Testing with One Line of Code

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