Feature Coupled Step Definitions (Antipattern)

Giuseppe DiBella edited this page Aug 23, 2015 · 2 revisions

Feature-coupled step definitions are step definitions that can’t be used across features or scenarios. This is evil because it may lead to an explosion of step definitions, code duplication and high maintenance costs.


An imaginary resume application could have the following features and step files:


The edit_work_experience.feature could have the following scenario:

Scenario: add description
  Given I have a CV and I'm on the edit description page
  And I fill in "Description" with "Cucumber BDD tool"
  When I press "Save"
  Then I should see "Cucumber BDD tool" under "Descriptions"

The edit_work_experience_steps.rb could be implemented like this:

Given /I have a CV and I'm on the edit description page/ do
  @employee = Employee.create!(:name => 'Sally')

How to fix

  1. Organise steps by domain concept. See Step Organization.
  2. Rename step.rb files to a domain-related name (rather than feature/scenario-related name).
  3. Break up Conjunction Steps (Antipattern) steps into individual steps.