[rspec-users] Help with regexp in matcher

Matt Wynne matt at mattwynne.net
Tue Jan 13 12:55:07 EST 2009

On 13 Jan 2009, at 17:14, Mark Wilden wrote:

> On Tue, Jan 13, 2009 at 7:41 AM, James Byrne <lists at ruby-forum.com>  
> wrote:
> Logins are a pervasive feature of this application and so, rather than
> waste effort on policing the feature syntax, I thought it best just to
> accommodate the likely variations from the start.
> Premature flexibility is one of the roots of all evil. :)
> Seriously, your code has two types of users. Yes, you should make  
> writing features easier for biz, but you should also make reading  
> steps easier for dev. Given that, I like the suggestion of  
> explicitly enumerating the choices of verbiage. A clear pointer  
> toward that choice is the comment. A comment is an apology for  
> unclear code. All unclear code should be commented, but unclear code  
> should be avoided whenever possible.
> All IMO, of course.

+1 to all that. I feel like you get lectured quite a bit by this list  
James, but you'd do well to heed the advice of some battle-hardened  
journeymen, IMO.

Read Eric Evans' excellent book 'Domain Driven Design', which actually  
inspired a lot of this BDD stuff you're using, to hear how keeping  
faithful to a 'Ubiquitous Language' can make a big difference to the  
success or failure of a project.

You're not just policing syntax when you encourage people to use the  
same words for things, you're actually protecting the integrity of  
your system by reducing the opportunities for misunderstanding.

Matt Wynne

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