moq: How do I setup behaviour of constructor in generated proxy?

I have an abstract class (let's call it AbstractOutputter). When I derive from it, I make calls to a protected method in the constructor of the derived class.


public abstract class IOutputter<T>
  protected void Write(Func<T, string> output)

Derived class

public class WotsitOutputter: AbstractOutputter<Wotsit>
  public WotsitOutputter()
    Write(x => x.Property1.ToString());
    Write(x => x.Property2.ToString());

The pattern is identical to creating validator classes in FluentValidation:

I would like Moq to create me a class deriving from AbstractOutputter, in order to unit test how it responds to various permutations of calls to Write().. I would need to do something like this:

Mock<AbstractOutputter<Wotsit>> mockOutputter = new Mock<AbstractOutputter<Wotsit>>();
// Instruct Moq to make various calls to protected method in constructor of mock class

Is it possible to do this? Can I somehow tell Moq to perform certain actions within the constructor of the proxy it creates? Or will I need to define real classes extending AbstractOutputter just for unit testing?


I'm going to put this to bed: I conclude that Moq cannot do this.

In the end I just defined some simple implementations of AbstractOutputter<Wotsit> for the purpose of testing.

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