[rspec-users] plans for cucumber

David Chelimsky dchelimsky at gmail.com
Tue Sep 23 08:44:14 EDT 2008

On Tue, Sep 23, 2008 at 4:21 AM, Ashley Moran
<ashley.moran at patchspace.co.uk> wrote:
> On 23 Sep 2008, at 02:35, David Chelimsky wrote:
>> This should work right now with both 'rake spec' and 'cucumber features'
> It does, but only as "cucumber features" if I do "cucumber
> features/descriptions/xyz.feature" it doesn't find the the step file on it's
> own.

"the step file" assumes a one to one mapping of feature files to step
files. I tend to reuse steps across features, so this has little value
for me, personally. I think it is a constraint that might serve some
people's needs well, but not everybody's.

> Ben's TextMate Cucumber bundle reflects this, as it's "go to alternate file"
> command creates steps one level down from the descriptions.
> Kyle's "story" command uses the structure stories/stories and stories/steps
> so I'm used to working that way.

While I appreciate that some people like to work this way, I don't
think everyone does and I don't think cucumber should be enforcing
conventions based on this.

What I think *would* make sense is to offer up some
configuration/mapping scheme that allows you to manage this in a
number of different ways.

For example, we could add something like autotest uses - if a
.cucumber file exists it gets loaded before anything else, and it can
be used to describe mappings as autotest does:

Autotest.add_hook :initialize do |at|
  at.add_mapping %r%features/(.*).feature% do |filename, match|
    at.files_matching %r%features/#{match}.rb

Something along those lines could help satisfy everyone's needs, no? WDYT?

> My stories folder always had extra dirs, so I find the layout:
>  features/
>    descriptions/
>      apply.feature
>      open.feature
>      start.feature
>      stop.feature
>      zoom.feature
>    matchers/
>    steps/
>    support/
> MUCH easier to follow than:
>  features/
>    apply.feature
>    matchers/
>    open.feature
>    start.feature
>    steps/
>    stop.feature
>    support/
>    zoom.feature
> This is just how I use it anyway - maybe I'm alone in adding extra folders
> like that.  But I still find the nested structure much more logical than the
> partially flat one.

I see where you're coming from in terms of visibility. I tend to use
something like this:


Admittedly, steps and support are not like reservations, schedules and
supplies, but this has worked just fine for me so far.


> Ashley
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