I just got the Mockito framework for Java to try out mocking with JUnit. Trying it brought me to a basic question that I am sure is obvious but I have had trouble finding any answer for, probably because I don't have a concise way of asking it.

Say I have a class A that contains and uses instances of Class B. Now I can mock B and pass the mocked object to class A instance all is well and good, coupling is removed from my unit test. However, now if Class B changes in a way that breaks Class A, how will I know that occurred, since my mocked class B will still perform the same way? It kind of seems like you would want the Class A tests to fail to indicate that the change in B requires a change in A as well.

Is it just that you shouldn't mock in composition scenarios?

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I think the same scenario could happen even if class A uses class B but does not contain class B.

One way to mitigate that risk is to write unit tests for class B that validate the assumptions embedded in your mock.

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