The Cucumber Book

The Cucumber Book

Behaviour-driven Development for Testers and Developers

Book - 2012
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Because the software testing and requirements tool Cucumber is designed to increase communication between technical and nontechnical members of a software team, this book is intended for both audiences: readers with programming skills who are interested in test automation, and nontechnical readers. Knowledge of Ruby is useful but not required to follow along with the coding examples. After a section on Cucumber's core concepts, part 2 walks through a practical example of developing a new application, using core concepts covered in the previous section and introducing some more advanced concepts in the context of the example. Part 3 of the book shows how to use Cucumber in some common situations, such as testing REST APIs. Appendices cover using Cucumber with other platforms, installing Cucumber, and Ruby Gem versions. Code examples can be downloaded from a website. Hellesøy is founder and Wynne is a core developer of the Cucumber project. US distribution is by O'Reilly Media. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Your customers want rock-solid, bug-free software that does exactly what they expect it to do. Yet they can't always articulate their ideas clearly enough for you to turn them into code. The Cucumber Book dives straight into the core of the problem: communication between people. Cucumber saves the day; it's a testing, communication, and requirements tool - all rolled into one.

We'll show you how to express your customers' wild ideas as a set of clear, executable specifications that everyone on the team can read. You'll learn how to feed those examples into Cucumber and let it guide your development. You'll build just the right code to keep your customers happy, and not a line more.

The first part of the book teaches you how to use the core features of Cucumber. You'll learn how to use Cucumber's Gherkin DSL to describe-- in plain language - the behavior your customers want from the system. You'll learn how to write Ruby code that interprets those plain language specifications and checks them against your application. In Part 2, you'll consolidate the knowledge you just gained with a worked example.

Although it was born in the Ruby community, you can use Cucumber to test almost any system, from a simple shell script or a Perl script, to enterprise PHP or a Java web application. In Part 3, you'll find a selection of recipes for some of the most common situations you'll encounter using Cucumber in the wild. You'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 lots 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

Publisher: Dallas, Texas :, The Pragmatic Bookshelf,, [2012]
Description: xix, 313 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781934356807
Branch Call Number: 005.3 Wyn
Additional Contributors: Hellesy̜, Aslak,
Carter, Jacquelyn.


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