How to test a Laravel application?

How to test a Laravel application?

Hey Toby,

Laravel is currently the most popular PHP framework, with a huge community of developers. It offers a rich set of functionalities that incorporate the basic features of PHP frameworks such as CodeIgniter, Yii, and other programming languages like Ruby on Rails.

Laravel has three ways to implement testing:

  • Unit Tests - A unit test is created to test a single class from an application. I have used the term “class” here because you can’t test an entire application using Unit Tests. This type of test is mainly used to validate the logic in a class or method.

  • Functional Tests - It is used to test the functionality of the application by simulating how the user interacts with it. This type of tests helps to ensure that nothing breaks while changes are being made in the codebase.

  • Feature Tests - This type of tests are more advanced versions of Functional Tests but they are more expressive and easier to read/understand as compared to Functional Tests. This also makes it easy for non-developers to understand what’s going on in your tests.

To deep dive into these and much more, please go through the following article on Laravel Testing:

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