The RSpec Book: Behaviour Driven Development with RSpec, Cucumber, and Friends

The RSpec Book: Behaviour Driven Development with RSpec, Cucumber, and Friends

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By (author) David Chelimsky, By (author) David Astels, By (author) Zach Dennis, By (author) Aslak Hellesoy, By (author) Bryan Helmkap, By (author) Dan North

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  • Publisher: The Pragmatic Programmers
  • Format: Paperback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 190mm x 234mm x 23mm | 794g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Raleigh
  • ISBN 10: 1934356379
  • ISBN 13: 9781934356371
  • Sales rank: 104,202

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Behaviour Driven Development is about writing software that matters. It is an approach to agile software development that takes cues from Test Driven Development, Domain Driven Design, and Acceptance Test Driven Planning. RSpec and Cucumber are the leading Behaviour Driven Development tools in Ruby. RSpec supports Test Driven Development in Ruby through the BDD lens, keeping your focus on design and documentation while also supporting thorough testing and quick fault isolation. Cucumber, RSpec's steadfast companion, supports Acceptance Test Driven Planning with business-facing, executable requirements documentation that helps to ensure that you are writing relevant software targeted at real business needs. "The RSpec Book" will introduce you to RSpec, Cucumber, and a number of other tools that make up the Ruby BDD family. Replete with tutorials and practical examples, the "RSpec Book" will help you get your BDD on, taking you from executable requirements to working software that is clean, well tested, well documented, flexible and highly maintainable.

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David Chelimsky is the lead developer/maintainer of RSpec. He has been developing software for nearly a decade, and exploring TDD for over five of those years. After three years training and mentoring agile teams at Object Mentor, David currently leads the software development team at Articulated Man, a Chicago based, interactive design firm. In his spare time, David likes to play guitar, travel, and speak something resembling Portuguese. Dave Astels is a Software Engineer at Google and has been involved with software and computing for over 25 years, recently having spent several years working exclusively with Ruby and Rails. Dave wrote the article that prompted Steven Baker to start the RSpec project. Bryan Helmkamp is the lead maintainer of Webrat, a library to implement acceptance testing of a Ruby web application in a more expressive and maintainable way. Following three years of Ruby on Rails consulting, Bryan is now a software engineer at Weplay, a New York City-based startup building online tools for the youth sports community. Dan North works with technology consultancy ThoughtWorks where he delivers software, coaches development teams, and hangs out at conferences. In 2003 and 2004 he developed the idea of Behaviour Driven Development and delights in the community that has grown up around RSpec and the enthusiasm and dedication of their core contributors. Zach Dennis is a lead developer and co-founder of Mutually Human Software, a Grand Rapids, MI based web development consultancy. He has been enjoying Ruby for nearly 7 years and has contributed to several projects such as Ruby's standard library documentation, Ruby on Rails, and RSpec. In his spare time, Zach loves spending time with his wife, reading, listening to music, and running continuousthinking.com. Aslak Hellesoy is the Chief Scientist of BEKK Consulting, a Norwegian business and technology consulting firm. In 2003, after seven years of Java programming, he fell in love with Ruby. He has contributed to dozens of open source projects and is the founder of the Cucumber project. Aslak likes to cook, ski, and travel.

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""Some authors would be satisfied with just writing the definitive guide for a technology. These folks go a step further, and show you insider tips that will keep your tests clean and maintainable.""--Ian Dees, Software Engineer ""The second generation of tools for the XP generation explained by their creators and maintainers. Awesome, a must read.""--Marcus Ahvne, software developer, Valtech""The RSpec Book teaches you much more than how to use RSpec's features; it teaches you how to write code the way the RSpec team does: patiently, and with great precision and clarity. There is something here for everyone: beginners are given plenty of gentle attention but there is some real meat for the more experienced reader to chew on, too.""--Matt Wynn, independent programmer and coach