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ATDD by Example: A Practical Guide to Acceptance Test-Driven Development Book Review

If you are interested in Acceptance Test-Driven Development, Behavior-Driven Development (BDD), Specification by Example, Agile Acceptance Testing, or Story Testing this is a great place to start.

The book is broken down into three parts. The first two are end to end case studies showing how to execute Acceptance Test-Driven Development. The first case study is with a team and the second one is the reader working with the author to develop a solution.

Part one builds an online parking cost calculator. It introduces specification workshops, wishful thinking, and collaboration as key ingredients to successful testing. Cucumber and Selenium are used to automate tests.

Part two builds a traffic light software system. In this part of the book the author makes use of FitNesse and SLiM to automate tests. This part is all about discovering your domain, driving your production code with your acceptance tests, and he brings to light how important your testing code is.

The third part of the book is the Principles of Acceptance Test-Driven Development. In this part of the book the author highlights the principles that are used in the examples in the first two parts of the book.

The third part includes advice on creating, refining, and managing examples, how to work collaboratively, how to automate, and how test cleanly.

The book ends with three appendixes that introduce some of the tools used throughout the book. They cover Cucumber, FitNesse ,and Robot Framework.

One of the things I liked most about this book is the examples the author uses. They are real world and they really allow him to bring to light the points he makes throughout the book.

Both of case studies are available for download. They are well organized and usable.

The author has a great writing style which makes the book a very enjoyable read. You can read this cover to cover very quickly.

I found the advice and the working examples very valuable. Like I said in the beginning of this review, I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for down to earth practical advice on Acceptance Test-Driven Development, Behavior-Driven Development (BDD), Specification by Example, Agile Acceptance Testing, or Story Testing.

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