17 August 2007 · About 2 minutes read

Unit Testing Core Data

As part of my ongoing Unit Testing learning, I’ve now managed to figure out the setUp and tearDown requirements.

After setting up an empty test target in XCode (using the OCUnit framework), add the Core Data model file to your target’s Compiled Sources tab:

The example managed object model graph (entity graph?) I’ve used here is a single entity with a non-optional String attribute title, which has a default value of (Title):

Next, create a new Objective-C Test Case class (New File->Objective-C test case) making sure the new files are added to your Test target, and enter the following code:

In DefaultTest.h

//  DefaultTest.h

//  TestCD


# import <sentestingkit/SenTestingKit.h>

@interface DefaultTest : SenTestCase {

NSManagedObjectContext _managedObjectContext;

NSManagedObjectModel _managedObjectModel;

NSPersistentStoreCoordinator *coodinator;



In DefaultTest.m

//  DefaultTest.m

//  TestCD


//  Created by Chris Blunt on 17/08/2007.

//  Copyright 2007 **MyCompanyName**. All rights reserved.


# import "DefaultTest.h"

@implementation DefaultTest

*   (void)setUp {

    NSMutableSet *allBundles = [[NSMutableSet alloc] init];

    [allBundles addObjectsFromArray:[NSBundle allBundles]];

    [allBundles addObjectsFromArray:[NSBundle allFrameworks]];

managedObjectModel = [[NSManagedObjectModel mergedModelFromBundles:[allBundles allObjects]] retain];

coodinator = [[NSPersistentStoreCoordinator alloc] initWithManagedObjectModel:managedObjectModel];

managedObjectContext = [[NSManagedObjectContext alloc] init];

[managedObjectContext setPersistentStoreCoordinator:coodinator];


*   (void)tearDown


    [managedObjectContext release];

    [coodinator release];

    [managedObjectModel release];


// Test to make sure the test framework is all set up and working

- (void)testTruth


STAssertTrue( YES, @"True is not True" );


// Test the MOModel, MOContext and persistent stores are all setup

- (void)testSetup


STAssertNotNil( managedObjectModel, @"model is nil" );

STAssertNotNil( coodinator, @"coordinator is nil" );

STAssertNotNil( managedObjectContext, @"context is nil" );


// Test creation of an entity in the managed object context

- (void)testCreateEntity


NSManagedObject *entity = [NSEntityDescription insertNewObjectForEntityForName:@"Entity" inManagedObjectContext:managedObjectContext];

STAssertNotNil( entity, @"Created entity was nil" );

// e.g. test that created entity's default title was set correctly

STAssertEqualObjects( @"(Title)", [entity primitiveValueForKey:@"title"], @"New entity's expected title was not set (Title)" );