[TIP] [ANN] Robot Framework 2.5

Arve Knudsen arve.knudsen at gmail.com
Tue Jun 15 22:50:28 PDT 2010

Thank you very much for the comprehensive comparison, Pekka! I have yet to
venture beyond xUnit style testing, but I have been thinking of trying BDD
style frameworks for a while. Now Robot looks like a serious contender to me
(along with Cucumber). We'll see when I get around to actually experiment
with this.


On Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 11:56 PM, Pekka Klärck <peke at iki.fi> wrote:

> 2010/6/16 Arve Knudsen <arve.knudsen at gmail.com>:
> > Before looking into this, how does Robot compare to Cucumber/RSpec (the
> two
> > other BDD frameworks I know of)?
> RSpec is more to unit testing than to acceptance testing, but Robot
> Framework and Cucumber definitely are similar in many ways. The
> obvious difference with them is that the former is Python (runs also
> on Jython and to some extend on IronPython) whereas the latter is Ruby
> (but has been ported to many other languages). Cucumber is also pretty
> pure BDD tool but with RF is multi-paradigm and you can also use
> keyword-driven and data-driven approaches. I would also say that the
> logs and reports you get from RF are better, but I know I'm biased.
> The biggest difference, in my opinion, is that with Cucumber you
> implement the steps you use in your tests directly in code, but with
> RF you can construct those steps using the same syntax that is used
> for creating test cases. Only the lowest level steps (we call them
> keywords) are then implemented in "real" code. Developers may find the
> former approach better but the latter works well with testers who
> don't know how to program with any real language. This difference is
> discussed well also in the following blog post by Gojko Adzic:
> http://gojko.net/2010/04/13/how-to-implement-ui-testing-without-shooting-yourself-in-the-foot-2/
> It would be interesting to hear feedback if you have a change to try
> Robot Framework in practice!
> Cheers,
>    .peke
> --
> Agile Tester/Developer/Consultant :: http://eliga.fi
> Lead Developer of Robot Framework :: http://robotframework.org
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