Unit Test Craftsmanship - Agile Singapore Conference 2016

Published on: Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Speaker: Gerard Meszaros (@gerardmes), CTO @ FeedXL Horse Nutrition

Automated unit testing is commonly considered an essential part of writing reliable, bug-free software. But writing automated tests introduces a number of challenges of its own. Naively-written tests are complex, brittle and hard to understand. This increases their cost-of-ownership and reduces the value they provide.

In this talk, Gerard Meszaros examines some of the key pitfalls and shows us how to improve the quality of our automated tests. He shows us how we can make our tests shorter, clearer and cheaper to prepare by refactoring a long, complex test into a short easy-to-understand test. Then he goes on to show how we can apply the same concepts to writing new tests quickly and cheaply.

About the speaker

Gerard Meszaros is an independent software development consultant and trainer with 30+ years experience in software and over a decade of experience in agile methods. He started doing eXtreme Programming in 2000 and quickly discovered that close attention to test code craftsmanship was essential to keep the cost of change low. He described his key learnings in his book xUnit Test Patterns – Refactoring Test Code. Since then he has turned his attention to applying the same concepts to organizing the automated acceptance tests as executable examples. He has coached teams and taught courses as far afield as China, India, Japan and Europe. He is also the CTO and Product Owner of FeedXL.com which provides a web-based diet optimization tool for horses.

Slides: http://singapore2016.xunitpatterns.com/

Event Page: http://2016.agilesingapore.org

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