[rspec-users] [Cucumber] The User Story File

Matt Wynne matt at mattwynne.net
Fri Nov 7 11:45:40 EST 2008

On 7 Nov 2008, at 15:38, Aslak Hellesøy wrote:
>> Hi,
>> The customer is not happy about writing Stories in a text editor.
>> Has anyone else experienced this? Is anyone using a wiki,  
>> spreadsheet,
>> or word document and automatically converting to a text file?
> There will be custom editors/wikis with aides like code completion,  
> nice visuals, running etc. Kinda like FitNesse, but nicer.
> The plan is to make a RESTful API for Cucumber. I'm thinking a  
> Sinatra web app that uses the Cucumber CLI and exposes it with  
> AtomPub or a similar JSON api. The server would be part of the  
> Cucumber gem, and can be started up with a single command on any  
> machine.
> From there I hope to see people developing richer clients like  
> standalone web apps, wikis, wiki plugins, Flex/Air apps, editor and  
> IDE plugins, hell, word and excel plugins in VB.NET even!
> My experience tells me you can't get the customer/business to be  
> comfy in a simple text editor. I have accepted that as a fact it's  
> not worth working around in most cases. Kudos to those who can, I  
> know some teams succeed.
> I have talked to a student who's working on the REST part as part of  
> his thesis. Please work with him if he shows up here on the list.
> In order to successfuly make a usable REST API/server I will focus  
> the next weeks and months on improving Cucumber internals. Part of  
> that is an AST that will make manipulation of features, scenarios,  
> tables and steps easier, as well as a better data structure for  
> output and errors.
> I have started this work and I'm trying out different ideas. I  
> expect to make some visible progress before the end of the year.
> Then I expect all the Cucumber forkers to take it and run. Thanks  
> for all the great contributions so far folks!

Very nice indeed.

If you can come up with some kind of mock suite for the API interface,  
that might help us get going with something.

It would be really cool to have a web editor for features that doubles  
as a textbook RSpec / Cucumber reference app to answer the FAQ  
Fernando asked a few days ago ('is there a good example of a rails app  
using RSpec'). I'd love to collaborate on such a project.



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