Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) agile testing articles, tools, tutorials and videos.
Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) is an Agile approach that mixes requirement gathering, documentation and acceptance testing. You write human-readable sentences describing the features of your application and how they should work. Then you implement this behavior using a tool that produces automated acceptance tests to verify that the feature is implemented correctly. Open source .NET BDD tools like SpecFlow are used to store the requirements as live documentation and to perform functional or acceptance tests.
There is a lot of talk in modern software testing teams about experimentation. Classically an experiment is a very structured series of activities designed to find something out. Sounds a lot like software testing and is in direct alignment with the concepts around Test-Driven Development (TDD), Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) and Acceptance Test-Driven Development (ATDD). This video discusses how to design testing experiments that are valuable and provide the right insights to the right people, at the right time.
Even if Windows might be the most used operating system in software development organizations, it doesn’t mean that you cannot use a computer working with Mac OS to perform functional testing. This article provides a list of open source functional testing tools that work on Mac OS.
When you use a Behavior Driven Development (BDD) approach, you are going to automated tests for Agile user stories base on acceptance criteria. Defining these acceptance criteria between the product owner, the developers and the software testers is not always an easy task and can create lengthy discussions. In his article, Matt Wynne presents example mapping as a new approach to define acceptance criteria.
SpecFlow is an open source Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) tool for .NET. SpecFlow uses the official Gherkin parser and supports the .NET framework, Xamarin and Mono. You can use SpecFlow to define, manage and automatically execute human-readable acceptance tests in .NET projects. Writing easily understandable tests is a cornerstone of the BDD paradigm and also helps build up a living documentation of your system. Anton Angelov has created a series of articles dedicated to Specflow that starts with an introduction tutorial.
Although Behavior Driven Development has been existing for over 10 years, the methodology hasn’t yet been very popular in the Java world. One reason for this are the existing BDD tools for Java that are cumbersome for developers to use and require a lot of maintenance.
Test-Driven Development (TDD) is a game changer for developers, but Behavior-Driven Development (BDD) is a game changer for the whole team. More than just a testing technique, BDD is both a collaboration and a verification tool—and a vital step on the road to continuous delivery.