[rspec-users] Cucumber Scenario syntax
Evan David Light
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Fri Sep 12 12:42:39 EDT 2008
On Sep 12, 2008, at 12:26 PM, David Chelimsky wrote:
>> I believe that binding the table to the phrasing would be
>> useful and perhaps even crucial to Scenario authors.
> Can you give an example of how this would be helpful?
Let's define a couple of roles for, the sake of discussion. Features
are written in plain text by a "business person" or "domain expert"
who is not a programmer and that the Steps are implemented by a "code
I believe that code monkeys could be confused by the following:
Given a Widget
When I supply a line of text that starts with a foo
Then it should output bar
|type of widget|text_input|result|
|Widget2 |blech |foobar|
Looking at the Scenario above, I can't tell, by reading the Given,
When, or Then lines where "widget_2", "blech", and "foobar" will be
However, if I could say:
Given a type of widget
When I supply a line of text that starts with my text input
Then it should output the desired output
|type of widget|my text input|the desired output|
I believe that the latter is a fair bit cleaner. Again, this approach
would use the FIT table headers as metadata that informs the use of
the Scenario as a template for running Scenarios.
To nitpick my suggestion just a tad, I wonder whether trimming the
matched FIT column headers is a good idea or not; however, padding the
FIT table headers with a little white space may also make them a
little more readable.
>> Also, couldn't your second example also support binding to
>> the table
> Anything is possible :) How would you envision that working. What
> would trigger binding one word in a phrase to a header?
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