[rspec-users] error paths: a new scenerio or test in story runner?
aidy.lewis at googlemail.com
Thu Aug 28 11:38:45 EDT 2008
On 28/08/2008, David Chelimsky <dchelimsky at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 28, 2008 at 8:22 AM, aidy lewis <aidy.lewis at googlemail.com> wrote:
> > Hi,
> > I think the scenario based way of defining acceptance tests is akin to
> > scenarios in use-cases.
> > In use-cases we can have a happy path with extends for error conditions etc.
> > Should I create extra scenarios for my error conditions (making my
> > tests less understandable) or should I create a new error path story
> > with copied over scenarios
> This was something that was bugging me for a while. I used to work w/
> Fitnesse quite a bit. If you're not familiar, check out
> http://fitnesse.org. FIT (the underlying acceptance test framework in
> FitNesse) is fantastic for tabular data, but it wasn't really great at
> scenario/flow-oriented structure. Rick Mugridge's DoFixture opened the
> door to some great improvements, and it was the best we had so far at
> that point, but it still felt like the square peg/round hole problem
> to me.
Users see and convey things in a natural flow not in a tabular format:
Bill payments are good in a horizontal and vertical structure. For UI
testing FIT gets messy.
> But then I ran into the same question you're asking now. In the end,
> FIT tables are a great solution for tabular data (which is a good
> solution for expressing numerous edge cases) and Story Runner is a
> great solution for flow structures. So I had this idea that we should
> have a way of expressing tabular data in the context of the Story
In my opinion, this will effect the linguistics of the Story
Runner; but I offer no alternative.
> When I discussed this w/ Aslak, it turns out that he had been thinking
> about the same problem, so we had a little brainstorming session and
> arrived at a general direction. Then he actually implemented it in
> Cucumber, and it's awesome.
> That said, I'd recommend taking a look at Cucumber. Let us know what you think.
I am currently studying it.
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