Web app integration testing for sysadmins with cucumber-nagios
Interesting thought experiment:
- Cucumber is kick arse way of describing the behaviour of a system.
- Webrat makes interacting with websites blindingly easy.
- Nagios is the industry standard for system/network/application monitoring.
What happens if you combine the three? You get
cucumber-nagios takes the results of a Cucumber run and outputs them in the Nagios plugin format. What does that actually mean?
A sysadmin can describe the behaviour of a system that they manage:
Feature: google.com.au It should be up And I should be able to search for things Scenario: Searching for things When I visit "http://www.google.com" And I fill in "q" with "wikipedia" And I press "Google Search" Then I should see "www.wikipedia.org"
Then they can run the feature through
$ cucumber-nagios features/google.com.au/search.feature Critical: 0, Warning: 0, 4 okay | value=4.000000;;;;