RSpec Core provides the structure for writing executable examples of how your code should behave.
The Cucumber features are the most comprehensive and up-to-date docs for end-users.
The RDoc provides additional information for contributors and/or extenders.
All of the documentation is open source and a work in progress. If you find it lacking or confusing, you can help improve it by submitting requests and patches to the rspec-core issue tracker.
gem install rspec # for rspec-core, rspec-expectations, rspec-mocks gem install rspec-core # for rspec-core only
This will install the rspec, rspec-core, rspec-expectations and rspec-mocks gems.
Start with a simple example of behavior you expect from your system. Do this before you write any implementation code:
# in spec/calculator_spec.rb describe Calculator, "add" do it "returns the sum of its arguments" do Calculator.new.add(1, 2).should eq(3) end end
Run this with the rspec command, and watch it fail:
$ rspec spec/calculator_spec.rb ./spec/calculator_spec.rb:1: uninitialized constant Calculator
Implement the simplest solution:
# in lib/calculator.rb class Calculator def add(a,b) a + b end end
Be sure to require the implementation file in the spec:
# in spec/calculator_spec.rb # - RSpec adds ./lib to the $LOAD_PATH, so you can # just require "calculator" directly require "calculator"
Now run the spec again, and watch it pass:
$ rspec spec/calculator_spec.rb . Finished in 0.000315 seconds 1 example, 0 failures
Use the documentation formatter to see the resulting spec:
$ rspec spec/calculator_spec.rb --format doc Calculator add returns the sum of its arguments Finished in 0.000379 seconds 1 example, 0 failures
While not comprehensive yet, you can learn quite a lot from the Cucumber features in the features directory. If there is a feature that is not documented there, or you find them insufficient to understand how to use a feature, please submit issues to http://github.com/rspec/rspec-core/issues.