The Cucumber book has been helpful in a way that I saw more options for testing a web service. It's my first time to use HTTParty. In the past, I always used RESTClient gem for this kind of task.

Just think the example is overkill. Maybe we just want to know whether the JSON response includes the data we expect.

So this helps:

# features/step_definitions/rest_steps.rb

require 'httparty'

When /^the client requests GET (.*)$/ do |path|
  @last_response = HTTParty.get('http://somewebsiteidontknow.com' + path)
end


Then /^the JSON response should include "([^\"]*)"$/ do |response|
  JSON.parse(@last_response.body).to_s.should match response
end

Then /^the JSON response should not include "([^\"]*)"$/ do |response|
  JSON.parse(@last_response.body).to_s.should_not match response
end
@people-api

Scenario: GET People
  When the client requests GET /api/v1/people.json
  Then the JSON response should include "A Name"
  And the JSON response should not include "A Mouse"

Probably a bad way of testing is just testing whether the response is not nil.

A better example:

When /^ I GET Github (.*)$/ do |path|
  @last_response = HTTParty.get('http://github.com/api/v2/json' + path)
end
Scenario: SEARCH Github user
  When I GET Github /user/search/bridgeutopia
  Then the JSON response should include "bridgeutopia"
  And the JSON response should not include "something"
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