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10 Things You Should Know About Specflow

SpecFlow is an open source acceptance test driven development and behavior driven development for .NET. You can use it to define, manage and execute automated acceptance tests from business-readable specifications. SpecFlow is quite a recent addition to the software development toolbox. Sometimes it feels like we’re using a hammer to drive in a screw, so in this session we’ll explore what it’s good for and when to use it. We’ll also look at what problems it doesn’t help with and when not to use it.

As you might expect, I’m a huge fan of using SpecFlow, as part of a well thought out approach to Behaviour Driven Development (BDD) or Specification By Example (SBE). I’ve also seen the pain of organisations who have tried using SpecFlow from a pure test automation perspective, and this is one of the misapplications that we’ll talk about. We’ll look at a further 9 specific, actionable recommendations for using SpecFlow well, including how to write maintainable executable specifications, organising large suites of specifications in an accessible way, and where SpecFlow fits into an Agile development process. By the end of this session you’ll know enough to decide whether your problems are more like a screw or a nail – and whether SpecFlow is the right tool.

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