Hi all, I'm just getting into RSpec stories and liking them (especially with webrat), but I'm finding it tricky to write steps that are self-contained and reusable, particularly where features intersect. What approaches do people use to achieve this?
(Maybe a better question is, do people bother? One of the things I like about story-runner is the way I'm building a DSL for integration testing my application, but should I just write the scenario I need, write the steps to make it run and forget about reusing steps?) As an example of where I'm having trouble, say I'm writing a blog (since it's the Web 2.0 version of Hello World), so I have posts and comments. I want to write a scenario something like ---- Given a post And some comments for the post When I view the post Then I should see the comments ---- How do I tell the "Given some comments" step which post to attach the comments to? I can do it by having "Given a post" set a @post instance variable and having "Given some comments" use that, but it feels like global variables all over again. My steps (probably in different files) are coupled via the @post instance variable, and other steps can clobber it, and if I forget to clear it I might pollute later steps, and if I want to refer to more than one post (@post1, @post2) I have to rewrite all my steps... I noticed a little note on the Cucumber wiki (http://github.com/aslakhellesoy/cucumber/wikis/home) explicitly advising against using @variables for this, I'm guessing for these reasons. I could avoid the first issue by combining the top two steps into "Given a post with some comments" but then I still have the problem of which post "When I view the post" should GET. Maybe "When I view a post with comments"...? Any advice, criticism or sympathy appreciated :) -- Sam -- Posted via http://www.ruby-forum.com/. _______________________________________________ rspec-users mailing list email@example.com http://rubyforge.org/mailman/listinfo/rspec-users