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react-testing-library

Apr 2019
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As the pace of change in JavaScript frameworks has slowed, our teams have more time to work with specific frameworks and are gaining deeper insights as a result. With React and the dominant testing framework, Enzyme, we've observed a worrying trend of unit tests becoming tightly coupled to implementation details without providing — because the focus is on shallow details — much confidence that features work as expected. These unit tests make evolving the design difficult and they shift too much responsibility up the test pyramid to functional testing. This has made us revisit the idea of subcutaneous testing. Additionally, because of its design, Enzyme has issues trying to keep up with React's development. All this has pushed us toward assessing react-testing-library as a new framework for testing React applications.