Fast PHP Unit Testing with SQLite Database

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In this video you will learn how to run your PHP Unit Tests in combination with an SQLite database. Whilst we don't get access to the in-memory version of SQLite due to a limitation with Doctrine (at the time of recording), we can make use of a file-based SQLite database, which is still much faster than using MySQL.

If you're following along and are using an Ubuntu linux server, you will need to go ahead and install the required dependencies to get SQLite to work properly, and to help with making our database dump file SQLite compatible.

apt-get install php5-sqlite sqlite3

If you're using another Linux distribution or Windows then Google will likely have the answers you're looking for.

As you'll see in the video, we will need to make a change to our existing codeception.yml file, so here are the pertinent lines to help you through:

    modules:
        config:
            Db:
                dsn: 'sqlite:app/codecept_data.sqlite'
                dump: tests/_data/dump-sqlite.sql

Then you will need to run the sqlite3 tool to generate a SQLite compatible dump file.

sqlite3 /full/path/to/your/project/app/codecept_data.sqlite .dump > tests/_data/dump-sqlite.sql

Of course, feel free to change any of the file names to your liking.

All the config for Codeception's DB module can be found here.


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1 Installing Codeception in Your Symfony 2 Project 04:20
2 Bootstrapping Codeception 03:29
3 Codeception's Folder Structure 06:42
4 Generating Tests 06:28
5 How to Run Codeception Tests 02:43
6 Our First Acceptance Test 08:00
7 An Alternative Perspective on Acceptance Testing 04:33
8 Acceptance Testing Symfony Forms 08:22
9 Acceptance Testing and Javascript (Part 1 of 2) 07:31
10 Acceptance Testing and Javascript (Part 2 of 2) 08:05
11 An Introduction to Unit Testing in Codeception 04:24
12 Unit Testing a Symfony Service 11:59
13 Integration with Symfony 2 06:27
14 Databases and Unit Tests 14:21
15 Real World Unit Testing - Database Clean Up Issues 06:15
16 Fast PHP Unit Testing with SQLite Database 10:19
17 Mocking the Entity Manager 20:22
18 Codeception Selenium Setup 06:08
19 How to Setup XDebug with PHPStorm 07:36
20 Step Objects and Page Objects 09:35
21 Fizz Buzz Kata 24:43
22 Code Coverage Reports 10:10
23 Running Acceptance Tests Faster With Phantom JS 01:30
24 Mobile Browser Tests 01:18