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The Cucumber Book: Behaviour-Driven Development for Testers and Developers (Pragmatic Programmers) Paperback – February 10, 2012

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"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"

About the Author

Matt Wynne works as an independent consultant, helping teams like yours learn to enjoy delivering software to the best of their abilities. In his spare time he is a core developer on the Cucumber project, and he blogs at http://blog.mattwynne.net and tweets as @mattwynne

Aslak Hellesoy is the founder of the Cucumber project and works as a senior developer with DRW Trading in London, writing very fast and very smart software in several different programming languages. In his previous job he was the Chief Scientist of BEKK Consulting in Norway. Aslak tweets as @aslak_hellesoy.

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Product Details

  • Series: Pragmatic Programmers
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 1 edition (February 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934356808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934356807
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bas Vodde on February 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
I was looking forward to the Cucumber book and excepted it to be great yet not excellent. Especially as there is already an excellent introduction to Cucumber called "The Secret Cucumber Ninja Scrolls." However, I was surprised by the book, it was better and broader than I expected. I learned a lot from it and not just about Cucumber but also about the latest on ruby test automation techniques and tools.

The Cucumber book consists of 3 different parts. The first part is an basic introduction to Cucumber, the second part provides a 3-chapter long example and the last part shows how to test different type of application.

Part one starts by introducing the concepts of BDD (or A-TDD or "Specification by Example" which are all very similar) and explains that cucumber, in the end, is a collaboration tool where the developers, testers and users learn to speak the same language and that way improve development of software. Cucumber provides a way of expressing and automating that shared language. The next couple of chapters introduce the basic features of cucumber one at the time. The last chapter of the first part talks about common test automation problems and that their causes are and what you can do about this. Most of this chapter and the concepts expressed in the book are valid for any of the BDD/A-TDD frameworks such as Fitnesse or RobotFramework.

Part two started out disappointing to me. The authors decided to use an ATM as example of their test. ATMs has frequently been used in software development books (like calculators, which unfortunately it also used) and I had hoped for a different, less stereotypical, domain. Yet, as part two progressed, I started liking the example more and eventually part two became my favorite part of the book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James Barker on March 15, 2012
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After some experience in software testing I decided to try Cucumber. With no prior Cucumber or Ruby experience I bought this book and read it (and completed most of the examples) on a rainy weekend. Not only did this book teach me cucumber but it also gave me some cool Behavior Driven Development (BDD) ideas and concepts and even gave some ideas on how to program with Ruby. At my current place of employment, my colleague also bought the book and after reading it we confidently implemented a solid BDD test framework using Cucumber in a couple of days. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn Cucumber and also for anyone who wants to understand how BDD frameworks (like Cucumber) can be valuable on a software project.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Larsen on February 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
One of the cool things about Pragmatic Publishing is the fact that they make it possible to get your hands on Beta books, meaning you get the chance to see a book as its actively being developed. The Cucumber Book was one of those books, and as such, I've had the benefit of looking at and reviewing this book for the past several months, and have watched it grow into the book that is today (and now available in print form).

Most people who have a passing understanding of Test Driven Development or Behavior Driven Development have likely heard of Cucumber. It's a language that allows anyone who wants to define tests and requirements for applications the ability to do so in plain English (or fill in the blank language if supported). In truth, Cucumber isn't really a programming language at all, but a symbolic phrase library that matches to various underlying commands and blocks of code (represented in Ruby in this book and referencing a variety of tools including Capybara, Rspec and others).

Matt Wynne and Aslak Hellesøy have put together a very readable and focused text that help the user get familiar with the basics of the language. The book also focuses the reader on understanding the underpinnings needed to create expressions that work with their respective technologies. Granted, if you are a tester and you want to take advantage of this framework, there is plenty in here to keep you busy. The Cucumber Book starts out by explaining what Cucumber is and the niche it is meant to fill (specifications based tests and requirements). If you are a developer, there is likewise plenty in here to keep you interested, too.

The process in the Cucumber book is heavy on examples and showing how the examples work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joe Colantonio on May 11, 2013
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The book's title might lead one to believe that its contents are only for people that use the Cucumber tool for BDD with Ruby, when in fact the authors cover most of their topics in such a way that most of the principles can be applied to whichever BDD tool and programming language one is using.

Although the book is geared towards a more technical reader, the authors offer what I think are some of the best general overviews of BDD available.

The book is sliced into three main parts:

Part 1 - Cucumber Fundamentals

Part 2 - Working Example

Part 3 - Cucumber Applied

I would recommend this book to anyone who is new to BDD, as well as enginers who are familiar with Cucumber or BDD but are looking to expand their skills. The biggest benefit for me was that after reading it I feel I have the information I need to successfully create killer automation for my next BDD project.

Joe Colantonio
@JoeColantonio.com
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