user2880391 user2880391 - 9 months ago 107
Java Question

Junit - assert the list contains

I'm creating a List (ArrayList) that contains few elements.
I want to make sure it contains the elements I added.
now, this works only some of the times, since the order changes:

public void testThreeReporters(){
ClientConfig myConfig = new ClientConfigFactory().getConfig().withMetricsReporters(new HashSet<>(Arrays.asList(ClientConfig.MetricsReporterType.LOG, ClientConfig.MetricsReporterType.GRAPHITE, ClientConfig.MetricsReporterType.CLOUD_WATCH)));
List<ScheduledReporter> reporters = MetricsFactory.configureMetricsReporters(MetricsFactory.createMetricsClient(),myConfig);
assertEquals(3, reporters.size());

assertTrue(reporters.get(2) instanceof Slf4jReporter);
assertTrue(reporters.get(1) instanceof GraphiteReporter);
assertTrue(reporters.get(0) instanceof CloudWatchReporter);

I want to use 'contains' in order to not be depend on the order.
I tried something like:

assertTrue(Arrays.asList(reporters).contains((Arrays.asList(ClientConfig.MetricsReporterType.LOG, ClientConfig.MetricsReporterType.GRAPHITE, ClientConfig.MetricsReporterType.CLOUD_WATCH))));

and some other combinations, but it doesn't work.

Answer Source

There isn't really an easy way to do this with plain JUnit out of the box. You could develop a helper method to make this easy using the technique demonstrated by @JBNizet in his answer.

Or you could use an additional testing library that can help with this. For example using AssertJ you could do this:

import static org.assertj.core.api.Assertions.assertThat;

// ...


If you use Maven, you can add assertj dependency like this: