[rspec-users] automating and end to end functional test.

jmac j.mcguinness at bigpond.com
Mon Apr 27 01:29:49 EDT 2009

Hi David,

So I have a number of Java based web systems. The systems allow users
to lodge applications for various products/services that my
organisation provides. The applications usually have at least 4 or 5
pages, but may be longer depending on the info that is entered. There
is alot of common page fragments between the two systems (eg most
systems have a page with bio info: names, Birth dates, gender etc) but
each system with have different fields in addition the common fields
on each page fragment. So, what I wanted to do is create features for
logon, features to deal with the common page fragments, like the bio
stuff, features to deal with the unique parts, and chain these all
together so that I can build up a test to test the end to end
application process. I will be using either watir or selenium with
rspec/cucumber. The organization currently uses commercial test
automation tools, so I am looking at ditching these and going with a
Ruby based solution.

The cucumber examples I have seen usually are short:
Wen .. I do something
Then .. I expect this to happen

Can they be longer like this:


On Apr 25, 11:11 pm, David Chelimsky <dchelim... at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Apr 25, 2009 at 5:43 AM, jmac <j.mcguinn... at bigpond.com> wrote:
> > Hi,
> > I am new to ruby and rspec. I would like to use ruby/rspec/cucumber to
> > automate acceptance tests for a number of integrated systems at my
> > work. I get the basics of cucumber features, but how do I chain these
> > tests so that I can test a process from start to finish. Essentially,
> > I want to use the features as components that I can plug together to
> > create the different tests. Can cucumber/rspec be used this way.
> Can you give an example. Something simple, but just complex enough to
> get your goal across. I have an idea of what you're after, but don't
> want to waste my time writing or anybody else's time reading if I'm
> wrong :)
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