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Test::BDD::Cucumber::Executor - Run through Feature and Harness objects


version 0.50


The Executor runs through Features, matching up the Step Lines with Step Definitions, and reporting on progress through the passed-in harness.




The attributes extensions is an arrayref of Test::BDD::Cucumber::Extension extensions. Extensions have their hook-functions called by the Executor at specific points in the BDD feature execution.

<add_extensions adds items in FIFO using unshift()>, and are called in reverse order at the end hook; this means that if you:

  add_extensions( 1 );
  add_extensions( 2, 3 );

The pre_* will be called in order 2, 3, 1, and post_* will be called in 1, 3, 2.



The attributes steps is a hashref of arrayrefs, storing steps by their Verb. add_steps() takes step definitions of the item list form:

  [ Given => qr//, sub {} ],

and populates steps with them.


Execute accepts a feature object, a harness object, and an optional Test::BDD::Cucumber::TagSpec object and for each scenario in the feature which meets the tag requirements (or all of them, if you haven't specified one), runs execute_scenario.


Accepts a hashref of options, and executes each step in a scenario. Options:

feature - A Test::BDD::Cucumber::Model::Feature object

feature_stash - A hashref that should live the lifetime of feature execution

harness - A Test::BDD::Cucumber::Harness subclass object

scenario - A Test::BDD::Cucumber::Model::Scenario object

background_obj - An optional Test::BDD::Cucumber::Model::Scenario object representing the Background

scenario_stash - We'll create a new scenario stash unless you've posted one in. This is used exclusively for giving Background sections access to the same stash as the scenario they're running before.

For each step, a Test::BDD::Cucumber::StepContext object is created, and passed to dispatch(). Nothing is returned - everything is played back through the Harness interface.


Accepts a text string and a hashref, and replaces <placeholders > with the values in the hashref, returning a string.


Accepts a hash with parsed table data and a hashref, and replaces <placeholders > with the values in the hashref, returning a copy of the parsed table hashref.


Accepts a Test::BDD::Cucumber::StepContext object, and searches through the steps that have been added to the executor object, executing against the first matching one.

You can also pass in a boolean 'short-circuit' flag if the Scenario's remaining steps should be skipped, and a boolean flag to denote if it's a redispatched step.


Accepts a Test::BDD::Cucumber::StepContext object, and a Test::BDD::Cucumber::Step object and executes it.

You can also pass in a boolean 'short-circuit' flag if the Scenario's remaining steps should be skipped.


Accepts a step-context, a result-type, and a textual reason, exercises the Harness's step start and step_done methods, and returns a skipped-test result.


Peter Sergeant pete@clueball.com


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