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Write Modern Web Apps with the MEAN Stack: Mongo, Express, AngularJS, and Node.js by Jeff Dickey

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Chapter 11. Testing the Node Server

In the previous chapter, you wrote an end-to-end test with Protractor as a way to test the full stack of the application. Now you’ll look at writing more fine-grained tests for your Node server.

Not Quite Unit Testing

The tests you will be writing for the Node stack are not quite unit tests. True unit tests wouldn’t perform tasks such as hitting a database back end. Writing true unit tests in Node is a laborious task and results in touchy code that requires constant updates to the test code for even simple tasks. I’ve found that testing Node apps at the controller level and checking for data with the models directly is a great way to build applications.

That isn’t to say you can’t write true unit tests with ...

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