On SitePoint.com today there's a new article in their unit testing series posted today - a look at annotations and mocking in advanced unit testing with PHPUnit. (Disclaimer: I am the author of this article series.)
PHPUnit has lots of advanced features that can be amazingly helpful when that special case comes around. This includes extending the framework itself, making test suites, building static datasets, and the focus of this article: annotations and mocking. Don’t worry if you’re unsure what either of these are; I’m here to help. I trust by the end that you’ll see how these two features can be useful to both you and your tests.
The article starts with annotations showing how they can be used both on the class side to help with test generation and on the test side to help in evaluation (like expectedException). In the mocking section, it shows you how create simple and complex mock objects to replace a sample database query.