[rspec-users] stepping across features

Andrew Premdas apremdas at gmail.com
Sun Dec 7 02:21:45 EST 2008


Yup, very much so IMO

2008/12/5 James Byrne <lists at ruby-forum.com>

> Andrew Premdas wrote:
> > Pretty hard for me to comment with so much stuff and so little context.
> > However :)
>
> My messages are quite long enough as it is I am afraid.
>
> > about a work order to produce invoices. You have to do some design and
> > thinking to produce good features. Challenge assumptions and try and see
> > things from different view points. For example why can't I just do
> >
> > Given outstanding payments
> > When I visit the make invoices page
> > I should see a list of invoices I can create
> >
> > And then do some other little scenarios to create an invoice etc..
> >
> > HTH
>
> It always helps to have another point of view.  I am grappling with this
> issue mentally before committing myself to a line of approach.  This
> project is, as you surmise, a conversion of an existing body of work
> into a new form.  It is also anticipated that the existing application
> will be extended in many areas.  The scope of the project encompasses
> everything from General Ledger down to edi transmission of tax documents
> to the federal government.
>
> I am trying to determine whether the way to control and document this
> project while focusing programming activity is best served by using BDD
> features or whether those objectives should be satisfied otherwise and
> BDD features only used for specific implementation issues. Part of my
> difficulty is my limited vocabulary for expressing this and part is my
> want of experience with this form of design and development.  My
> previous experience was with much less sophisticated tools than I am
> currently using and I am reluctant to turn a scalpel into a screwdriver
> out of ignorance on my part.  On the other hand, if a jack hammer is
> needed then a scalpel is not of much use.
>
> So reworking my earlier effort:
>
> Feature:  Bill chargeable work
>  In Order To generate income
>  A Billing Clerk
>  Should be able to create invoices
>  To Increase Revenue
>
>  Scenario: Manual Invoice Release
>    Given billable charges
>    When I visit the create an invoice page
>    Then I should see a list of all billable charges
>
>  Scenario: Manual Invoice Release by Client
>    Given billable charges
>    When I visit the create an invoice page
>      And I search for client "Y"
>    Then I should see a list of all billable charges only for client "Y"
>
> Is this getting closer to what my features should look like?
>
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