Unit testing code which has logic around the CreatedDate

  • An example of the problem would be trying to test a trigger on a case which will fire on update, and look for time differences between when a case was created and now. Ideally in the unit tests I want to create a case with a CreatedDate in the past. The problem here is that CreatedDate is an audit field and not writeable[1]. Is there a standard work around to this problem?

    [1] I know you can get audit fields turned on to be writeable temporarily when doing data migration. This is not a viable solution for every time you want to get your code coverage up for deployment.

  • Spring '16 Release Notes document a new system method supporting this:

    Test.setCreatedDate(recordId, createdDatetime)

    Sets CreatedDate for a test-context sObject.

    This will definitely complement the loadData() and deserialize() techniques.

    Account account = new Account(Name = 'Test');
    insert account;
    Datetime yesterday = Datetime.now().addDays(-1);
    Test.setCreatedDate(account.Id, yesterday);

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