[rspec-users] RSpec and Watir, easy script structure question

David Chelimsky dchelimsky at gmail.com
Tue Mar 2 19:11:09 EST 2010

On Tue, Mar 2, 2010 at 11:24 AM, Adam R <reed.adam at gmail.com> wrote:
> Howdy!  I'm relatively new to RSpec, but I've worked with Watir and Ruby for
> about 5 years now.  My company is redesigning a web app from the ground up,
> so I'm taking the opportunity to leverage RSpec instead of Test/Unit.
> I've run into a problem with RSpec organization that I just can't sort out
> on my own, so I'm hoping it's straightforward enough that someone can help
> me out.
> Basically I have a single HTML page with an organized list of links.  Each
> link points to a new page with a single verifiable item on it.  The script
> collects all the links into an array, then iterates over the array, loading
> each link and verifying a single piece of text.  That's the easy part.
> Here's the relevant code for what I believe to be the closest attempt right
> now:
> @links = Array.new
> @browser = Watir::Browser.new
> @browser.goto(page)
> @browser.link.each do |link|
>    @links << [link.name, link.href]
> end
>    @links.each do |name, link|
>         describe name do
>              it "should contain the word #{name}" do
>                    @browser.goto link
>                    @browser.div(:id, /example/).text.should include(name)
>              end #it
>         end #desc
>    end #@links
> I've tried a combination of methods -- putting all of this code inside a
> describe block, etc, but I end up with the variables being unknown because
> they're not inside the same describe or it block (even when set to $global),
> or the describe/it blocks being layered incorrectly.
> I'm sure there's a simple solution to the format, but unfortunately I
> haven't been able to Google or RDoc my way to an answer.  I appreciate any
> advice you can offer!

describe "something" do
  it "does something" do

That's the simplest format - everything should go in the example (it
block), not directly inside the describe block.


> Thanks,
> Adam
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