[rspec-users] Any tips on teaching BDD with RSpec?
ed.howland at gmail.com
Wed Oct 17 13:52:00 EDT 2007
On 10/17/07, David Chelimsky <dchelimsky at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 10/17/07, Pat Maddox <pergesu at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I think you'll BOTH learn more and be far more efficient if you pair
> > together rather than giving him a bit of theory/tips & tricks and then
> > leaving him to his own devices.
> Hear, hear!!!!!!!
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I have to agree w/Pat here, wrt to pair programming. (And let me say
that I am _so_ jealous!)
If it were up to me, I would start with BDD, Probably, immediately
right after hello_world.rb. Even before they learn any Ruby syntax at
all. Your toy app sounds more like a real application to me. It has
actual user stories, confirmable results, etc.
Why not break the usual cycle of code a little, test, code a bit more,
test, repeat, from the start? RSpec is a DSL, like Rails is a DSL. And
you don't need to know much ruby to get started in Rails. I say that
holds true in RSpec as well. The only qualms I can see is the concept
of Mocks. But you could introduce that in something he is familiar
with like Java.
I only wish my mentor had forced me to learn test first, back in the
day. But that was before all you geniuses where on the scene to set us
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