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Unit testing hooks


Be careful when using jest.mock on modules like Reactive Data Client. Eliminating expected exports can lead to hard-to trace errors like TypeError: Class extends value undefined is not a function or null.

Instead either do a partial mock, or better mockResolvedValue on your endpoints.

Hooks allow you to pull complex behaviors out of your components into succinct, composable functions. This makes testing component behavior potentially much easier. But how does this work if you want to use hooks from Reactive Data Client?

We have provided some simple utilities to reduce boilerplate for unit tests that are wrappers around @testing-library/react-hooks's renderHook().

We want a renderDataClient() function that renders in the context of both a Provider and Suspense boundary.

These will generally be done during test setup. It's important to call cleanup upon test completion.


renderDataClient() creates a Provider context with new manager instances. This means each call to renderDataClient() will result in a completely fresh cache state as well as manager state.

Polyfill fetch in node

Node doesn't come with fetch out of the box, so we need to be sure to polyfill it.

npm install --saveDev  whatwg-fetch


// jest.config.js
module.exports = {
// other things
setupFiles: ['./testSetup.js'],
// testSetup.js


import nock from 'nock';
import { makeRenderDataClient } from '@data-client/test';
import { CacheProvider } from '@data-client/react';

describe('useSuspense()', () => {
let renderDataClient: ReturnType<typeof makeRenderDataClient>;

beforeEach(() => {
'Access-Control-Allow-Origin': '*',
'Content-Type': 'application/json',
.reply(403, {});
renderDataClient = makeRenderDataClient(CacheProvider);

afterEach(() => {

it('should throw errors on bad network', async () => {
const { result, waitFor } = renderDataClient(() => {
return useSuspense(ArticleResource.get, {
title: '0',
await waitFor(() => expect(result.current).toBeDefined());
expect((result.error as any).status).toBe(403);