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How to use XCTAssertThrowsSpecific


You should only use exceptions for exceptional cases, not for error handling and flow control

Having said that, here's how you use XCTAssertThrowsSpecific:

XCTAssertThrowsSpecific expects the specific class of the exception as the second parameter. NSCAssert throws an NSException. To test for that, use

XCTAssertThrowsSpecific([object methodThatShouldThrow], NSException, @"should throw an exception");

Now, that won't help much, because it's likely that every exception is an NSException or a subclass thereof.

NSExceptions have a name property that determines the type of the exception. In case of NSCAssert this is NSInternalInconsistencyException. To test for that, use XCTAssertThrowsSpecificNamed

XCTAssertThrowsSpecificNamed(  [object methodThatShouldThrow],  NSException,  NSInternalInconsistencyException,  @"should throw NSInternalInconsistencyException");


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