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The Cucumber for Java Book by Seb Rose, Matt Wynne, Aslak Hellesoy

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Automated Acceptance Tests

The idea of automated acceptance tests originates in extreme programming[5] (XP), specifically in the practice of test-driven development[6] (TDD).

Instead of a business stakeholder passing requirements to the development team without much opportunity for feedback, the developer and stakeholder collaborate to write automated tests that express the outcome that the stakeholder wants. We call them acceptance tests because they express what the software needs to do in order for the stakeholder to find it acceptable. The test fails at the time of writing, because no code has been written yet, but it captures what the stakeholder cares about and gives everyone a clear signal as to what it will take to be done.

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