Arquillian gets Spring in step

Arquillian enters new territory with Spring Framework Extension

Chris Mayer

The world of Arquillian gets another new component – this time linking up for Spring Framework testing

The Arquillian team don’t appear to be letting up since
last month’s 1.0 release
, adding in a raft of new extensions
for the JVM testing platform over the past few weeks. We’ve seen an
Arquillian Portal Extension and a Jacoco one too, now the big
hitter comes onboard with 1.0.0.Alpha1 release of
the Arquillian Spring Framework Extension component.

Built-in support for Spring applications testing is completely
new territory for Arquillian but a shrewd decision to welcome those
developers into the fold. Jakub Narloch
revealed on the Arquillian blog
that the Spring Framework
Extension would be his
Google Summer of Code 2012 project
 - an initiative that
the Arquillian have more than warmed to, with two slots alloted to
them in JBoss’s 8.

This first milestone indicates that the rock solid foundations
for the Spring Framework have been put in place. Dependency
injection, custom context classes, artifact packaging and intuitive
configuration have all been touted in the highlight reel and from
the looks of things, it’s an exceptionally strong first effort.

Here’s an example of a basic Spring test with Arquillian:


public class DefaultStockRepositoryTestCase {

    public static JavaArchive createTestArchive() {
        return ShrinkWrap.create(JavaArchive.class)
                .addClasses(Stock.class, StockRepository.class, StockService.class,
                        DefaultStockRepository.class, DefaultStockService.class)

    StockRepository stockRepository;

    public void testSave() {
        Stock acme = createStock("Acme", "ACM", 123.21D, new Date());
        Stock redhat = createStock("Red Hat", "RHC", 59.61D, new Date());;;

        assertTrue("The stock id hasn't been assigned.", acme.getId() > 0);
        assertTrue("The stock id hasn't been assigned.", redhat.getId() > 0);


Not bad eh? Head over to
 for more examples of this nature. We’re eager to
see the next alpha release for this and it becoming an Arquillian
stalwart component in the longrun.

Arquillian is named after a small alien in Men In Black, and
you’d expect both to be summer blockbusters. Yet again,
Arquillian has simplified Java middleware testing.

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