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Snapshot testing only

Published : May 19, 2020
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May 2020
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The value of snapshot testing is undeniable when working with legacy systems by ensuring that the system continues to work and the legacy code doesn't break. However, we're seeing the common, rather harmful practice of using snapshot testing only as the primary test mechanism. Snapshot tests validate the exact result generated in the DOM by a component, not the component's behavior; therefore, it can be weak and unreliable, fostering the "only delete the snapshot and regenerate it" bad practice. Instead, you should test the logic and behavior of the components emulating what users would do. This mindset is encouraged by tools in the Testing Library family.

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