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

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Too Much Information

Finding the right level of detail, or abstraction, to use in your scenarios is a skill that takes some time to master. What many people don’t realize is that different levels of detail are appropriate for different scenarios in the same system—sometimes in the same feature—depending on what it is they’re describing.

As an example, here’s a scenario for the user of our ATM authenticating with their PIN:

 
Scenario:​ Successful login with PIN​​
 
Given ​I have pushed my card in the slot​​
 
When ​I enter my PIN​​
 
And ​I press ​"OK"​​​
 
Then ​I should see the main menu

It’s entirely appropriate to go into this much detail about the authentication process in this scenario, because that’s where our focus is. Now consider ...

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