Learning redux with reducks - tests and demo app

June 9, 2016 · 3 minute read · redux · reducks

Last time we started creating our Reducks library by implementing the createStore and while I have all confidence in my ability to write bug free code we do have some tests in the demo app, so let’s use them.

So, where do we start?

Abstracting createStore

It’s actually not that complex in the way you would do this, normally within the code base you would have:

import { createStore } from 'redux';

The next step is change what we export to instead of just being the function to run you wrap it in. So with our index.redux.js file I have renamed that to index.js and added a new export:

export default function (createStore) {

Now we can create a new index.redux.js file that looks like so:

import { createStore } from 'redux';
import app from './index';


And we can also create index.reducks.js:

import { createStore } from '../src';
import app from './index';


Then you can run it:

PS> npm run reducks-demo


I’m using mocha as my test framework so normally you’d write a test like so:

describe('set visibility filter', () => {
    it('should change visibility when SET_VISIBILITY_FILTER action fired', () => {

Well I’d be remiss to not ensure that the tests work with both libraries, so to do that I’m going to wrap the it scenario so that I can inject the the createStore function (and I also pushed it into a separate file):

import { setVisibility } from '../examples/actions';
import { expect } from 'chai';
import creator from '../examples/stores';

export default {
    'should change visibility when SET_VISIBILITY_FILTER action fired': (createStore) => (done) => {
        const store = creator(createStore);

        const initialState = store.getState();

        store.subscribe(() => {
            const nextState = store.getState();



Now let’s change how our test is setup:

import * as redux from 'redux';
import * as reducks from '../src';

describe('set visibility filter', () => {
    describe('redux', () =>
        Object.keys(visibilityFilterTests).map(key => it(key, visibilityFilterTests[key](redux.createStore)))

    describe('reducks', () =>
        Object.keys(visibilityFilterTests).map(key => it(key, visibilityFilterTests[key](reducks.createStore)))

Using Object.keys I can go through the hash that’s exported and create the it call, passing in the createStore. For readability I’ve also wrapped the test scenarios in a nested describe so that I can identify which library the tests were run against.


This was a simple little post where we looked at how we refactored the existing code to support being able to use different implementations of Redux and support our test scenarios as we work on more features.

I’ve updated the repository with a new tag that shows the progress.

Published: 2018-05-29 16:49:01 +1000 +1000, Version: aaf7f73