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The software industry is still very young and there's extensive room for maturity and improvement. Behavior-driven development (BDD) is a software practice that has the potential to yank software development out of its adolescence.In order to help teams produce software with greater value, fasterAs a reviewer of BDD in ActionI want teams to read BDD in Action to learn what behavior-driven development (BDD) is and how to put it into practice"BDD in Action" provides a comprehensive, platform-agnostic introduction to behavior-driven development (BDD). The content is tailored to all "three amigos" and is therefore an essential resource for the whole team. More than just an introduction, it helps you put BDD into practice with recommendations from a specialist in the field.The book starts off with a high-level view of the BDD world, explaining the motivations and origins of BDD and how it fits with other approaches to software development. Several useful diagrams are presented in Part 1 that you'll revisit throughout the book as you progress along the BDD spectrum from business goals down to acceptance criteria. The high-level discussion of BDD quickly transitions into an example of BDD in practice, allowing you to see where you are headed in this book.Part 2 provides a daily workbook for BDD, which is, in my opinion, the most valuable content in the book. In this part, you learn how to discover and define the requirements for your software applications. Several chapters are dedicated to explaining each level of requirement, ranging from the vision statement to the business goals to capabilities, features and, finally, scenarios.
BDD In Action kicks off with an in-depth explanation of what BDD is and why it is important before a good end-to-end example. One of the highlights of the book for me was chapter 3 which has some good coverage of different techniques for requirements analysis. Whilst it could be argued that these are not really BDD, they are included as good examples on how to ensure you are working on requirements that are adding business value. The approaches include Feature Injection, Impact Mapping and the Purpose-Based Alignment Model as well as Real Options and Deliberate Discovery.John has always extended how I define the core roles on the development team (the three amigos) and this is described within the book as well.The second section of the book explains requirements gathering, through to specifications and then basic automation of a DSL at the scenario level. It seems to imply that the tester should be able to write the executable specification and the base automation, although this does not match my experience of most testers in the field.Section three of the book covers the coding aspects of BDD, including the automation of tests at the UI level as well as the unit testing level. It goes into a fair amount of detail on how different tools work in different languages as well as a fairly comprehensive overview of TDD. The final section of the book introduces living documentation, mainly using tools like Thucyidides as well as how BDD fits into the continuous delivery world.The book is full of diagrams as well as comprehensive code examples that are well explained and relevant. One of the main advantages of this book is that is not aimed at any tool – in fact it covers a number of tools and languages in a reasonable amount of detail.
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