Building With Behaviour-Driven Development

Building software with Behaviour-Driven Development is like building a house. Actually, it’s not — but it’s a metaphor I want to explore. The motivation for this post comes from the fact that every person I talk to seems to have a different idea of what BDD is. This article is simply me sharing my personal view of what I think it is.


I’ve heard BDD described in many different ways, some of these include:

  • Using Cucumber is doing BDD

  • BDD is a communication tool

  • BDD is like TDD but talking about behaviours instead of implementation

  • Gherkin feature files are BDD Tests

  • You are either doing BDD or TDD; you can’t do both

I have some pretty strong opinions on each of these points, but I don’t want to address them directly….Continue

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