[rspec-users] Testing my scripts?

David Chelimsky dchelimsky at gmail.com
Wed Mar 4 08:08:51 EST 2009

On Tue, Mar 3, 2009 at 11:35 PM, Sebastian W. <lists at ruby-forum.com> wrote:
> Hello RSpec mailing list,
> I have a question which I'm sure someone here has a "duh!" answer to. :P
> A lot of the Ruby programming I do is around installing servers and
> automating various tasks. The pattern I use goes as follows, I'm sure
> you'll see where the gap is.
> Write a failing test. Write enough Ruby code to make it pass. Continue
> until I have a class (or set of classes) that solve my problem. So far,
> so good.
> I then need to put this code into a script so I can run it as part of
> everyday automation. My approach so far has been to take green-light
> code and plug it into the script so that when the script gets run, it
> takes the arguments to the scripts and passes it to my tested code. The
> script runs and does what its supposed to do; all is well.
> Now -- there's a bug in my code somewhere, or I need to add something to
> the code I've written to improve it. No problem initially. First, run
> all tests. Green light, good. Write a failing test. Write enough Ruby
> code to make it pass. Happy, happy.
> Problem: the code in my script is not fixed! Running my spec suite does
> not catch the fact that there's client code in my script using bad code.
> So, my question is: how can I make sure that when I run my spec suite
> that all the code in my scripts gets tested as well? I thought about
> adding  "--test" option to all my scripts, but that seems, well...just
> not the right way to do it.
> Anyone have any words of wisdom they'd like to share? Have I walked into
> an antipattern here?

BDD means (among other things) driving development from the
outside-in. It sounds like you're working in the opposite direction

The approach we'd take with RSpec and Cucumber, would be to write
Cucumber features with scenarios that drive the scripts, and then work
your way down to RSpec code examples that drive the smaller bits.

In case this is new to you, the Cucumber scenarios will fail until you
get all of the RSpec code examples to pass. If you get to the point
where all of the scenarios are passing, but you feel like you want to
drive out more code in the underlying objects, take a step back and
think of a new failing scenario you can add to the Cucumber features

This approach should help you refine the work you're doing on the
objects, as well as build confidence that deploying the scripts will


> Thanks much!
> Sebastian
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