ActiveRecord test objects made easy

If you're testing a ActiveRecord model mixin in your application, you might be tempted to unit test it in the context of one of your app's models. However, that would violate your test isolation and introduce complexities related to the behavior of the model.

Better solution is to make an Active Record class just for your test, and the fact that you can invoke schema definitions on the fly makes it super easy. Here's the top of one of my specs, illustrating the technique.

require 'rails_helper'

ActiveRecord::Schema.define do
  create_table :test_objects, force: true do |t|
    t.jsonb :jobs, null: false, default: {}

class TestObject < ApplicationRecord
  include WorkerRegistry

RSpec.describe WorkerRegistry do
  let(:test_object) { TestObject.create }