I really like to split my base lib modules in separate gems. It does make things a bit more complex sometimes but it also remove code and tests away from your main subject of attention and keep things simple.
Bundler helps to setup a basic gem skeleton (http://bundler.io/v1.6/rubygems.html) but then you are pretty much on your own.
It's quite easy to add your favourite test lib in : add it in the gem spec then, prepare the spec_helper. In the case of Rspec the default config is pretty ... boring. It's all white dots !
It took me a bit of searches to find how to specify the formatter in the spec_helper :
RSpec.configure do |config| config.color = true end
That line will bring back the green/red of old and you might be happy with just this.
I really like colours in my specs, but I also like a lot of them. There are 2 gems to use for extra colour :
- The NyanCatFormatter from Matt Sears : http://www.mattsears.com/articles/2011/11/16/nyan-cat-rspec-formatter
- The Rainbow formatter from Mike Countermash : https://github.com/mscoutermarsh/rspec-rainbow
NyanCatFormatter does what you can expect from its name : display a colourful Nyan Cat crossing the terminal. You even play the music. String to use with the formatter : 'NyanCatFormatter'.
The Rainbow formatter is a tad simpler, but also quite colourful. String to use with the formatter : 'Rainbow'.
RSpec.configure do |config| config.color = true config.formatter = 'NyanCatFormatter' end
Those will not change the quality of your tests. So go and do some more Fabulous coding !