How Mocked Methods are Dispatched

When a method is invoked on a mock object, the Mockery searches through its expectations from oldest to newest to find one that matches the invocation. After the invocation, the matching expectation might stop matching further invocations. For example, an one expectation only matches once and will be ignored on future invocations while an atLeast(1) expectation will always be matched against invocations.

This scheme allows you to set up different expectations for the same method with different action per invocation. However, it's better to use the onConsecutiveCalls method to do this, as described below.

However, there are some possible "gotchas" caused by this scheme:

The best thing to do is not set up multiple expectations for the same method with exactly the same matchers. Instead, use the onConsecutiveCalls method to create multiple actions for a method. For example:

atLeast(1).of (anObject).doSomething();
       throwException(new IOException("no more stuff"))));

If you want to specify more complex ordering constraints use the sequences1 or state machines2 to explicitly define a total or partial ordering of invocations.


1. sequences:

2. state machines: