Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Apex Static Resource

StaticResources can be used in unit tests to store data that would otherwise clutter the test cases.

StaticResource xml = [select body, name from StaticResource where name = 'StaticResourceName'  limit 1];

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Salesforce Apex Test class and callouts

The Test.isRunningTest() method is a useful method to bypass web service callouts when running automated test cases that would otherwise fail.

For example, in any wsdl2apex generated classes find the WebServiceCallout.invoke() method calls and then wrap them in an test for Test.isRunningTest(). If the test is false the code can still call invoke as generated. Otherwise the code can simulate the web service response, allowing the test cases to complete.

Monday, April 4, 2011

MSBuild - sort an ItemGroup

An automated MSBuild script that creates a database from scratch started failing after switching from vcvarall.bat provided by a Visual Studio 2008 install to the Visual Studio 2010 version.

For some unknown reason, the order of files listed in a ItemGroup was reversed. With files beginning with an underscore running last rather than first.

The issue was resolved by explicitly sorting the ItemGroup using a custom task from the MSBuild Extension Pack.

    <!-- Have a fallback check depending on path locally or on build server -->
        <TPath Condition="Exists('C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\ExtensionPack\MSBuild.ExtensionPack.tasks')">C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\ExtensionPack\MSBuild.ExtensionPack.tasks</TPath>
    <Import Project="$(TPath)"/>

    <!-- ... -->

    <Target Name="MainData">
        <Message Text="Inserting Data Main (Main Data)" />

        <!-- Sort an ItemGroup alphabetically -->
        <MSBuild.ExtensionPack.Framework.MsBuildHelper TaskAction="Sort" InputItems1="@(MainDataFiles)">
            <Output TaskParameter="OutputItems" ItemName="sorted"/>
        <Message Text="Sorted Items: %(sorted.Identity)"/>
        <Exec Command="$(SqlCmdPrefix) -i %(sorted.Identity)" />

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