Strikt's API is designed to work with Kotlin's strong type system.
Strikt's assertion API uses the interface
Assertion.Builder<T>, with the generic type
T representing the (declared) type of the assertion subject.
Assertion functions such as
isEqualTo are implemented as extension functions on
Assertion.Builder with an appropriate generic type.
isEqualTo is an extension function on
Assertion.Builder<Any?> as it's useful for many types of subject whereas
isEqualToIgnoringCase is an extension function on
Assertion.Builder<CharSequence> since it only makes sense to use it on string-like things.
Some assertion functions will return an
Assertion.Builder with a different, more specific, generic type to the one they were called on.
For example, if the subject of an assertion is a nullable type (in other words it's an
Assertion.Builder<T?>) the assertion methods
isNotNull() are available.
The return type of
Assertion.Builder<T> because we now know the subject is not null.
You will find IDE code-completion will no longer offer the
isNotNull() assertion methods.
Another example is making assertions about a subject's specific runtime type, or "narrowing".
val subject: Map<String, Any> = mapOf("count" to 1, "name" to "Rob") expectThat(subject["count"]) .isA<Int>() .isGreaterThan(0) expectThat(subject["name"]) .isA<String>() .hasLength(3)
The return type of the subject map's
get() method is
Any but using the narrowing assertion
isA<T>() we can both assert the type of the value and, because the compiler now knows it is dealing with an
Assertion.Builder<String> or an
Assertion.Builder<Number>, we can use more specialized assertion methods that are only available for those subject types.
isA<T>() assertion the code would not compile:
val subject: Map<String, Any> = mapOf("count" to 1, "name" to "Rob") expectThat(subject.get("count")) .isGreaterThan(0) // isGreaterThan does not exist on Assertion.Builder<Any> expectThat(subject.get("name")) .hasLength(3) // hasLength does not exist on Assertion.Builder<Any>
This mechanism means that IDE code-completion is optimally helpful as only assertion methods that are appropriate to the subject type will be suggested.