[rspec-users] Cucumber Scenario syntax

David Chelimsky dchelimsky at gmail.com
Fri Sep 12 11:51:56 EDT 2008

On Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 10:35 AM, Evan David Light
<lists at tiggerpalace.com> wrote:
> Last night, I gave a presentation to the DC Ruby Users Group
> (http://dcrug.org) on Plain Text Stories with Ruby.  I spoke on both RSpec
> Plain Text Stories, which I have used, and Cucumber which I started to dig
> into a couple of nights ago.  You can see the presentation here
> (http://evan.tiggerpalace.com/2008/09/11/plain-text-stories-at-dcrug/) if
> that floats your boat.
> You may also note in the linked blog entry that the general consensus at
> DCRUG (and my own feeling as well) is that Cucumber's scenario syntax
> perhaps assumes undue technical ignorance on the part of the scenario
> author(s).
> It seems odd to me (and several DCRUGgers) that the hooks into the Scenario
> steps/substitution points are not apparent by reading the Scenario plain
> text.  That is, you have to read the Scenario step implementations to figure
> out where the hooks are in the Scenario plain text.
> This seems somewhat wrong-headed.  As one DCRUGger said to me last night, we
> should at least assume that Scenario authors can handle a basic Excel
> spreadsheet.  That is, that the Scenario could contain the FIT table column
> headers so that the Scenarios serve as templates that are specialized by
> rows in the FIT table.  This seems more natural as the substitutions become
> far clearer just by looking at the plain text.

Please keep in mind that this is an *additional* way to do things -
you can still write your steps exactly as you do in Story Runner,
using regexps.


> Disclaimer: My exposure to FIT is limited to a quick read of Ward
> Cunningham's page on FIT and Cucumber.
> Evan
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