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The Circular Perspective of BDD

Posted by Thu, 12 Oct 2006 13:56:00 GMT

A few weeks ago, Brian Ford was in my office and we were discussing BDD and how we can make this process even easier for our clients to understand… much less our own internal staff. With all concepts, each person has their own idea about what it is, why it is important, regardless of whether or not it’s accurate. This can cause some people to not find a good need for some practices.

During our discussion, Brian grabbed one of my whiteboard markers and drew diagrams to explain how he saw BDD vary from TDD. He has since posted an article on his blog titled, what’s it worth to me, and discusses his circular view of Behavior-Driven Developent and the importance of using Dialogue to evolve shared meaning.

Testing Cookies in Ruby on Rails

Posted by Mon, 28 Aug 2006 12:27:00 GMT

Over the weekend, Brian Ford released a useful plugin for testing your Ruby on Rails applications called, assert_cookie.

Brian likes his cookies…

“I love cookies. There are, of course, tons of varieties and I’m no connoisseur but I love the soft chocolate chip right out of the oven, hot and gooey. But, if you’re like me, you don’t want your Rails code to be gooey.” -Brian Ford

To use assert_cookie, follow these steps.

  1. Install via, script/plugin install
  2. Fill your tests with some cookies
  3. Test your cookies!
Here are a few examples that Brian posted.
  assert_cookie :pass, 
      :value => lambda { |value| UUID.parse(value).valid? }
  assert_cookie :yellow, :value => ['sunny', 'days']
  assert_cookie :delight, :value => 'yum'
  assert_cookie :secret, :path => lambda { |path| path =~ /secret/ }, 
      :secure => true

For more information on other plugins and tools that PLANET ARGON is releasing under open source licenses, visit

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Have Fun!