ASP.NET MVC Unit Testing With HttpContextBase.Cache

9/6/2008 4:32:15 PM


  • .NET Framework 3.5

I was trying to unit test a controller that made use of System.Web.Caching.Cache to store a chunk of data returned from the db that only needed to be fetched every 15 minutes or so. The test I was writing was to make sure that if the data was in the cache that it would be used instead of fetched. I thought this would be really straight forward:

However, whenever I added items to the instantiated cache null reference exceptions would be thrown. After some reflector digging this is because the cache object is actually storing the data in an instance of System.Web.Caching.CacheInternal. needs a thorough makeover . . .

After some googling I came across this great tip that showed how HttpRuntime.Cache properly instantiates CacheInternal. Problem solved.

   1:  Cache testCache = HttpRuntime.Cache;



4/2/2009 2:57:11 AM

HttpRuntime.Cache is fine, while HttpContext.Cache not work in test project, but is there any difference?

Stéphan Parrot

Stéphan Parrot
7/12/2010 8:20:15 AM

Thanks a lot! ;)


9/23/2010 3:26:52 AM

Thanks for information!

Paul Speranza

Paul Speranza

11/5/2010 1:35:59 PM

Thanks for this. You were the first search result in bing and my unit test worked on the first try!