[ originally posted 12 Feb 2013 ]
Note: this post acts as justification for my
[ original gist 28 March 2013 ]
“If there are no tests, it does not work,” a former colleague said, who could have added, “whether your code or someone else’s.”
I’m not the first to say it but it needs re-stating: 3rd-party libraries are no guarantee that your code continues to behave as expected.
If one of the duties of your work is making sure you’re not introducing bloat or cruft or inefficiencies or bugs or unexpected behavior, then you’re cutting corners if you don’t have tests, whether you use 3rd-party code or not.
Continue reading “3rd-party code still needs tests”
[ original gist 12 July 2013 ]
Instead of trying to extract a private function, we can rely on mocking/spying. This
gist post shows how to use the
Function() constructor to replace an internal call so that we can mock, spy or stub.
[ original gist 3 June 2013 ]
The point of agile is lost when teams fixate on roles and responsibilities. Fixed roles (“dev”, “qa”) harm you in the long run – and the long run is always up sooner than you think.
That’s a noisy prelude to my answer to the question: Should QA Write Unit Tests?
Continue reading “How well does TDD work when testers are writing the tests?”
[ original gist 4 Aug 2013 ~ short reply on LinkedIn, copied for posterity… ]
TDD for integration tests? YES, but for different reasons than “maintenance” or
In testing, there is test creation and test maintenance. You have to do both if
you want tests to serve you well. Same for any product or tool.
Continue reading “Say Yes to TDD for QA tests”
“Unit testers be like…”
The following joke pokes fun at developers who de-couple things arbitrarily or incoherently.
Continue reading “Units Are Wholes, Not Parts”