""To those of you wondering how to use Cucumber effectively, The Cucumber Book is the answer. Not content to write just a testing book, Aslak and Matt have packed it with practical insights on many aspects of software development. Studying this book will make you a better software developer.""--Pat Maddox, B.D.D.M.F., RSpec Core team
""Teams can use Cucumber to get a better understanding of what software to build for their customers. In this book, Aslak and Matt do a brilliant job explaining how you get started with Cucumber with plenty of easy-to-follow examples.""--Rachel Davies, Author, "Agile Coaching"
""I devoured the Cucumber book on a train ride from Grenoble to Brussels a few days after watching Matt's presentation "BDD As It's Meant to Be Done." These two resources helped me understand in just a few hours how to avoid dozens of common mistakes writing scenarios in the Cucumber style. It's as though I received an injection of perhaps two years of experience writing scenarios poorly so that I didn't have to go through it all myself. What a gift. I recommend this book to everyone working with Cucumber.""--J. B. Rainsberger, Author, "JUnit Recipes"
Matt Wynne and Aslak HellesÃ¸y show you how to express your customersâ€™
wild ideas as a set of clear, executable specifications that everyone
on the team can read. Youâ€™ll learn how to feed those examples into
Cucumber and let it guide your development. Youâ€™ll build just the
right code to keep your customers happy, and not a line more. Although
it was born in the Ruby community, you can use Cucumber to test almost
any system, from a simple shell script or Perl script, to web
applications written in PHP, Java, or any platform.
In Part 1, youâ€™ll get started by using the core features of Cucumber
and working with Cucumberâ€™s Gherkin DSL to describeâ€”in plain
languageâ€”the behavior your customers want from the system. Then youâ€™ll
write Ruby code that interprets those plain-language specifications
and checks them against your application. If youâ€™re new to Cucumber,
this part of the book will teach you everything you need to know to
In Part 2, youâ€™ll consolidate the knowledge youâ€™ve gained with a
worked example, where you’ll learn more advanced Cucumber techniques.
You’ll also learn how to test asynchronous systems and systems that use a database.
In Part 3, youâ€™ll find a selection of recipes for some of the most difficult and commonly seen situations the authors have helped teams solve. With these patterns and techniques, youâ€™ll learn how to test Ajax-heavy web applications with Capybara and Selenium, REST web services, Ruby on Rails applications, command-line applications,
legacy applications, and more.
Written by the creator of Cucumber and one of its most experienced
users and contributors, The Cucumber Book is an authoritative guide
that will give you and your team all the knowledge you need to start
using Cucumber with confidence.
What You Need: Windows, Mac OS X (with XCode) or Linux
Ruby 1.9.2 and upwards
This book contains comprehensive Cucumber information for beginning to advanced Cucumber users. If you’re a developer planning to use Cucumber with RSpec, you might also want to look at The Rspec Book.