RSpec and BDD.

My take on it is that doing BDD is the same as doing TDD well. The problem that I’ve seen with TDD is people tend to think of it as testing, as verification but it’s specification not verification, for several years now. But that’s a hard sell when you’re constantly talking about tests, about assertions, you’re extending something called TestCase, and writing methods that start with “test”. Now, we don’t have to do that anymore in most cases because we just put an annotation on that says “test”. So, it’s hard to get away from that baggage. It’s hard to stop thinking about them as being tests when we are constantly talking about them as tests. And that’s where BDD comes in to make a break from that and start talking in a specification-centric nomenclature, verification-centric vocabulary rather than testing-centric.


Dave Astels.



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