Overview

RSpec is testing tool for the Ruby programming language. Born under the banner of Behaviour-Driven Development, it is designed to make Test-Driven Development a productive and enjoyable experience with features like:

Documentation

RDoc

Cucumber Features

RSpec-1.x

The RSpec Book


The RSpec Book

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.

Get Started Now

$ gem install rspec

Start with a very simple example that expresses some basic desired behaviour.

# bowling_spec.rb
require 'bowling'

describe Bowling, "#score" do
  it "returns 0 for all gutter game" do
    bowling = Bowling.new
    20.times { bowling.hit(0) }
    bowling.score.should eq(0)
  end
end

Run the example and watch it fail.

$ rspec bowling_spec.rb

./bowling_spec.rb:4:
  uninitialized constant Bowling

Now write just enough code to make it pass.

# bowling.rb
class Bowling
  def hit(pins)
  end

  def score
    0
  end
end

Run the example and bask in the joy that is green.

$ rspec bowling_spec.rb --format nested

Bowling#score
  returns 0 for all gutter game

Finished in 0.007534 seconds

1 example, 0 failures

Take very small steps

Don’t rush ahead with more code. Instead, add another example and let it guide you to what you have to do next. And don’t forget to take time to refactor your code before it gets messy. You should keep your code clean at every step of the way.

Take the first step now!

gem install rspec