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Npm Jest Libraries

Most Popular Npm Jest Libraries

NameSizeLicenseAgeLast Published
jest2.27 kBMIT11 Years12 Sep 2023
mocha469.71 kBMIT12 Years11 Dec 2022
jest-cli9.85 kBMIT9 Years12 Sep 2023
ts-jest70.19 kBMIT7 Years30 Jun 2023
@testing-library/jest-dom46.23 kBMIT4 Years6 Sep 2023
identity-obj-proxy5.14 kBMIT8 Years3 Aug 2016
jest-pnp-resolver2.67 kBMIT5 Years15 Nov 2022
jest-each7.9 kBMIT6 Years12 Sep 2023
@jest/core30.03 kBMIT4 Years12 Sep 2023
ava69.53 kBMIT9 Years16 Jun 2023
vitest308.99 kBMIT2 Years8 Sep 2023
enzyme-to-json12.87 kBMIT7 Years8 Apr 2021
jest-fetch-mock27.58 kBMIT7 Years10 Mar 2020
jest-canvas-mock21.79 kBMIT6 Years28 Jun 2023
jest-extended16.96 kBMIT6 Years3 Aug 2023

When are Jest Libraries Useful

Jest libraries are incredibly beneficial during the process of JavaScript Testing, especially in the context of programming applications based on React, Angular, Vue, and Node.js. Jest is utilized typically for working on larger applications and for setting up tests along with providing a flexible framework for all levels of testing (i.e., unit, integration, and end-to-end).

Importantly, Jest libraries are useful under the following scenarios:

  • Zero-Configuration Testing - With little setup, Jest provides a testing solution with zero-configuration for projects using npm with adjustable settings.

  • Mocks and Spies - Jest offers strong support for mocks and spies right out of the box, which allows testing in isolation of individual components.

  • Snapshot Testing - This is one of Jest's most potent features, offering a simple method to test whether the UI component has changed unexpectedly.

  • Parallelization of Tests - Jest executes tests parallelly in their processes, maximizing performance with Core utilization, and ensuring a smoother isolation of tests.

Functionalities of Jest Libraries

Jest libraries offer a wide range of features that simplifies the JavaScript testing experience. Here are some of their core functionalities:

  • Snapshot Testing: This feature enables developers to compare a component's rendered output to a snapshot of its previous render. It makes inspection of component changes much simpler.

  • Mock Functions: Jest libraries can generate mock functions and spy on function calls, making it easier to test interactions between different parts of your application.

  • Asynchronous Testing: Jest offers a complete and simple set of APIs for dealing with asynchronous operations in JavaScript, a common source of flaky tests.

  • Code Coverage: Jest libraries can collect information about the parts of your JavaScript codebase covered by tests, directly from command line or through configuration.

  • Timer Mocks: Jest can also mock out timers in your code, ensuring that your tests run in a predictable manner regardless of real-world timing.

Gotchas/Pitfalls to Look Out For

Whilst Jest offers a powerful and robust foundation for JavaScript testing, developers should remain conscious of certain pitfalls:

  • Global State: Jest creates a new environment for each test file to prevent tests from sharing state through global variables, which can sometimes lead to confusing behavior if not understood properly.

  • Asynchronous Operations: When testing asynchronous operations, always ensure to return promises or use async/await syntax to inform Jest when the test has ended. Forgetting to do this can lead to flaky tests.

  • Manual Mocks and HoISTING: When using manual mocks for Node modules, remember that Jest hoists jest.mock calls to the top of the module. This sometimes causes confusion as it appears the mock is being defined after the import statement.

  • Snapshot Testing: Though useful, snapshot testing can at times give developers a false sense of security. Always manually review snapshot diffs and treat snapshots as you would live code.

  • Code Coverage Misinterpretation: While Jest can provide code-coverage metrics, it's important to remember that high code-coverage doesn’t always equate to well-tested code. Pay attention to the types of tests written, not just the coverage percentage.