Cucumber data table – convert a three column table to a List

Cucumber is a tool for running automated acceptance tests written in a behavior-driven development (BDD) style. Cucumber is written in the Ruby programming language. Cucumber projects are available for other platforms beyond Ruby.

Cucumber works with Ruby, Java, .NET, Flex or web applications written in any language. It has been translated to over 40 spoken languages. –

The language that Cucumber understands is called Gherkin.

While Cucumber can be thought of as a “testing” tool, the intent of the tool is to support BDD. This means that the “tests” (plain text feature descriptions with scenarios) are typically written before anything else and verified by business analysts, domain experts, etc. non technical stakeholders. The production code is then written outside-in, to make the stories pass.

Cucumber itself is written in Ruby, but it can be used to “test” code written in Ruby or other languages including but not limited to Java, C# and Python.

In this example I will show you how we can use cucumber’s nice feature that helps us to use tables in our scenarios. The table can easily be converted to a list or map that we can use in our step.


The following things are required in order to run the application

Eclipse Kepler
JDK 1.8
Have maven 3 installed and configured
Cucumber dependencies in pom.xml

Now we will see the below steps how to create a maven based project in Eclipse Continue reading “Cucumber data table – convert a three column table to a List”