StoryPlayer vs PHPSpec comparison of testing frameworks
What are the differences between StoryPlayer and PHPSpec?

StoryPlayer

http://datasift.github.io/storyplayer/

PHPSpec

https://www.phpspec.net/en/stable/
Programming language

PHP

PHP

Category

Unit testing, Functional Testing

Unit Testing

General info

Storyplayer is a full-stack testing framework

Storyplayer follows a TDD testing approach and makes it possible to write end-to-end tests for an entire platform. It has support for creating and destroying test environments on demand

PhpSpec is a testing tool based on the concept of emergent design using specification

PhpSpec is a tool to use at the spec level or SpecBDD, a type of BDD; It's process generates code for you and guides you through the SpecBDD process through the command line
xUnit
Set of frameworks originating from SUnit (Smalltalk's testing framework). They share similar structure and functionality.

No

No

Client-side
Allows testing code execution on the client, such as a web browser

Yes

By running a 'user story' which is a simple statement that describes one action, and who can perform that action then record of the conversations about this action, this is how you would test front-end functionality and components

Yes

By testing your PHP classes that run your front-end
Server-side
Allows testing the bahovior of a server-side code

Yes

By writing a 'service story' which is a 'userstory' except it describes the behaviour of your back-end systems

Yes

You can use PHPSpec to test your PHP classes that run your back-end
Fixtures
Allows defining a fixed, specific states of data (fixtures) that are test-local. This ensures specific environment for a single test

Yes

Storyplayer has fixtures that can create and destroy test environments on demand

Yes

You can define fixtures
Group fixtures
Allows defining a fixed, specific states of data for a group of tests (group-fixtures). This ensures specific environment for a given group of tests.

Yes

It supports group fixtures

Yes

You can define group fixtures
Generators
Supports data generators for tests. Data generators generate input data for test. The test is then run for each input data produced in this way.

Yes

foreach(hostWithRole()) is a generator allows you to easily perform actions against all hosts in your test environment without having to hard-code the host IDs or hostnames into your story.

Yes

There are methods that act as generators
Licence
Licence type governing the use and redistribution of the software

New BSD License

Free

Mocks
Mocks are objects that simulate the behavior of real objects. Using mocks allows testing some part of the code in isolation (with other parts mocked when needed)

By using a library like mockery which intergrates well with storyplayer

Yes

It has built in support for Mocks
Grouping
Allows organizing tests in groups

Yes

Storyplayer’s job is to execute a suite of functional tests

In PHPspec, you can group specification files by a certain namespace in a suite
Other
Other useful information about the testing framework