Andy Delcambre
Software Engineer at GitHub. Ruby programmer. Photographer.

Planet Argon and Rspec musings05 Jun 2007

Started work at Planet Argon today. I have been chatting with them for about 6 weeks, and I am extremely excited to start working with them. Today was pretty slow to start (as I expected), getting accounts going, getting mysql working properly on my laptop, getting subversion checkouts, etc, etc. Then I got started working on some actual coding.

I am starting out writing some specs for the project I am working on. I have used rspec for a few different projects but I hadn’t had a chance to play with the new syntax yet. It is basically exactly the same as when I used it just with different method names, but it really makes a huge difference in the style it forces you into.

With the old method, how to describe the specs was always a bit weird to me. For example:

context "a new group with no users" do
   specify "group should not be valid" do

With the new style everything seems to flow naturally. For example:

describe Group, " with no users" do
   it "should not be valid" do
        @group.should_not be_valid

Interesting is that I often feel like I write the same thing twice, once in english, then again in the DSL of rspec. But if you read them out loud, they are basically the same:

it "should have four elements" 
@thing.should have(4).elements

I also often find that I can guess the right syntax which is HUGE for rapid development times. I really like rspec, and I think I am really going to like working for Planet Argon.

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