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Changing behavior between calls

Limited call specifications

When specifying return values or configuring exceptions to be thrown and so on, it's possible to define the number of times the action can occur. By default, omitting the number of repetitions is the same as saying "forever", so after specifying A.CallTo(() =>fakeShop.Address).Returns("123 Fake Street"), fakeShop.Address will return the same value every time it's called. Forever.

This can be changed, though:

A.CallTo(() => fakeShop.Address).Returns("123 Fake Street").Once();
A.CallTo(() => fakeShop.Address).Returns("123 Fake Street").Twice();
A.CallTo(() => fakeShop.Address).Returns("123 Fake Street").NumberOfTimes(17);

This could be useful if you want to allow a limited number of calls on a strict fake, but there's a more useful application.

Specifying different behaviors for successive calls

In some cases, you might want to specify different behaviors for successive calls to the same method. For instance, in order to test the System Under Test's retry logic, a Fake service could be configured to fail once and then function properly thereafter. This can be done by chaining behaviors like this:

// Configure the method to throw an exception once, then succeed forever
A.CallTo(() => fakeService.DoSomething())

Note that you can only use Then after specifying that some behavior should only occur a limited number of times.

Overriding the behavior for a call

Call specifications act kind of like a stack - they're pushed on the Fake and then popped off once the number of repetitions defined for a call have been exhausted.

Thus, it's possible to have a call to a Fake act one way, and then another. For instance, the same effect as the previous sample can be achieved by overriding the behavior of the fake:

// set up an action that can run forever, unless superseded
A.CallTo(() => fakeService.DoSomething()).Returns("SUCCESS");

// set up a one-time exception which will be used for the first call
A.CallTo(() => fakeService.DoSomething()).Throws<Exception>().Once();

This can be useful when you are unable to use Then to specify a different behavior for successive calls. For example, when you have a fake with a default behavior (configured in a test Setup method or a FakeOptionsBuilder), and you need to override this behavior for a specific test.