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Behaviour Driven Development (BDD) using SpecFlow & WebDriver C# in Visual Studio

This comprehensive course covers all the essential principles to get you up and running in Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) using Microsoft Visual Studio, SpecFlow and WebDriver.

Designed for beginners of BDD and SpecFlow, it takes the new-comer through all the basic techniques of writing Feature Files in Gherkin, to writing the associated Step Definitions and code in SpecFlow & WebDriver C#, to executing from the command line.


Throughout the course practical examples are demonstrated, and the delegates get to practice what they have learned in each chapter against a Web training application.

Technologies used in this course

    • Visual Studio 2015, SpecFlow, Nunit, WebDriver C#

Target Audience

The introductory course that takes you from beginner through to writing effective Feature Files and then Automating them using WebDriver

Recommended for anyone new to BDD and SpecFlow


Learning Objectives

  • understand the required Visual Studio Extensions and Libraries to use SpecFlow & WebDriver

  • understand how to structure your automated SpecFlow project

  • gain a full understanding of how to write good Gherkin and Step Definitions

  • Understand how to refactor and re-use common Methods for Steps

  • By the end of the course you should have a thorough understanding of how to develop well-written Feature Files and Scenarios, How to manage Step Definitions and write associated Methods, how to organise the SpecFlow project and how to integrate into the POM framework


  • A basic understanding of writing Selenium WebDriver Scripts (we use C# bindings)

  • Some programming experience would be advantageous - The course is based on using WebDriver with C# & Nunit.

Course Content

Introduction to BDD

A background to BDD and its benefits. The process of BDD. An overview of the tools available, terminology.


Introduction to Gherkin

Feature Files, introduction to the Gherkin language, basic syntax


More Gherkin

Using the Background fixture, Parameters, Doc Strings, Examples and Data Tables, using Tags to organise execution, commenting


Installation of the SpecFlow Framework

SpecFlow Visual Studio plugin, installing the SpecFlow Libraries, WebDriver and other dependent libraries. Creating a project structure, creating a Feature File, formatting and execution of Feature Files


Step Definitions & Code Binding

Creating our Test Classes, Using prototype step definitions, fixing errors for executing feature files, creating step definition Methods, expanding Methods with Parameters


Deconstructing Step Definitions and Regular Expressions

Step Definition syntax, using Regular Expressions


Extending the code

In-line Step Table Iterating, using multiple annotations for one Method, re-using Methods for more than one Scenario


Executing the SpecFlow Features

Using SpecFlow, Using Tags, Results & Reporting, Command line execution, SpecFlow Fixtures for Execution Flow.


Integrating SpecFlow into the POM

Using SpecFlow & WebDriver under the Page Object Model. Creating Helper Method Libraries

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