duebstep duebstep - 3 months ago 28
PHP Question

PHP unit testing External static method call from different class

I am trying to write a unit test for a function that immediately loads an object from a different class that uses the input to the function as a parameter. I am new to php unit testing and couldn't find anything that address my particular problem. A few leads that I had that led to no avail was using an injector, and trying to us a reflection.

The code I am trying to write a unit test for is:

public static function isUseful($item) {

$objPromo = MyPromoCodes::Load($item->SavedSku);

if (!is_null($objPromo)
&& ($objPromo->PromoType == MyPromoCodes::Interesting_Promo_Type)) {
return true;
return false;

My attempt at mocking this out:

public function testIsUseful() {

$injector = $this->getMockBuilder('MyPromoCodes')
$objPromo = $this->getMock('MyPromoCodes');
$objPromo->PromoType = 'very interesting promo type';
$injector->set($objPromo, 'MyPromoCodes');

$lineItem1 = $this->getDBMock('LineItem');



however this doesn't work because there is no set method for this object....

Not sure what else to try, any help would be appreciated.


To start with you cannot mock static method with PHPUnit. At least not with 4.x and 5.x.

I would suggest a DI approach like this:

class MyClass
    private $promoCodesRepository;

    public function __construct(MyPromoCodesRepository $promoCodesRepository)
        $this->promoCodesRepository = $promoCodesRepository;

    public function isUseful(MyItem $item)
        $objPromo = $this->promoCodesRepository->Load($item->SavedSku);

        // ...

Here you can easily mock the Load method.

Unfortunately the "static" approach creates a lot of issues during tests so it is better to avoid it whenever possible.