[rspec-users] [Cucumber] Struggling with "multiple step definitions"

Bart Zonneveld zuperinfinite at gmail.com
Sun Jan 18 05:14:53 EST 2009

On 18 jan 2009, at 01:25, aslak hellesoy wrote:

>> On Sat, Jan 17, 2009 at 10:48 PM, Bart Zonneveld <zuperinfinite at gmail.com 
>> > wrote:
>> Hey gang,
>> I find myself struggling with multiple step definitions in cucumber  
>> all the time. I regularly test the contents of my flash[:notice] in  
>> steps, since I think that's part of the behaviour of the app. So,  
>> while implementing a new feature, I ran into the following error:
>> /opt/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/cucumber-0.1.15/bin/../lib/ 
>> cucumber/step_mother.rb:81:in `regexp_args_proc': Multiple step  
>> definitions match "zou ik een melding moeten zien dat de reactie  
>> gemarkeerd is als spam": (Cucumber::Multiple)
>> features/steps/comments.rb:93:in `/^zou ik een melding moeten zien  
>> dat de reactie gemarkeerd is als spam$/'
>> features/steps/common.rb:9:in `/^zou ik een melding moeten zien dat  
>> de|het (.*?) is opgeslagen$/'
>> Even those who aren't fluent in Dutch (since that's what the steps  
>> are written in), it's clearly not the same step... I am no regex  
>> wizard, so I might do something horribly wrong with my steps, but I  
>> do like to know how I can fix this.
> Step 1) Use rubular.com. It rocks. For this example you'll see that  
> your string matches both regexen (and where in the regexen they match)

Ah, great tip! I managed to write this regex, which did exactly what I  

/^zou ik een melding moeten zien dat (de|het) (.*?) is opgeslagen$/

> Step 2) Avoid | in Step definitions if you can. They often work  
> against the idea of  a Ubiquitous Language.
> You can read more about this here: http://www.nabble.com/Help-with-regexp-in-matcher-to21425148.html
> I realise that in your case you're using | to work around Dutch  
> grammar (several ways to say "the"), and in this case I think | is ok.

I'll read up on that thread, and hopefully find some good arguments to  
drop the first person, since I think that's the most descriptive.

> You probably wanted this:
> /^zou ik een melding moeten zien dat (?:de|het) (.*) is opgeslagen$/
> Ik hoop dat dit helpt :-)

Nice one! That is correct :)

thanks a million, once again!

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