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Hanselminutes Podcast 31 - Test Driven Development

August 30, 2006 Comment on this post [4] Posted in NUnit | Podcast
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My thirty-first Podcast is up. This episode is about Test Driven Development.

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Links from the Show

Fowler's Refactoring
NCover Explorer
Intro to TDD
Peli's original article on MBUnit
Guidelines for Test-Driven Development (Psyche!)
TDD Interview with Fowler
Unit Testing in .NET Projects
Jay Flower's Doubler
Write Naive Test Code
RoyO - The Art of Unit Testing
Guidelines for Test-Driven Development
Apoorva Muralidhara Essay on TDD
Refactor! from DevExpress
Software Tester Team Center
Refactor Ruthlessly
CodeRush NUnit Templates

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August 31, 2006 11:12
Great Show! But regarding fixing bugs: Ideally, you write a test first that fails because of the bug, then fix the code and watch your test pass. It is very satisfying and not tedious at all. ;)
August 31, 2006 19:55
If you use Boo then check out Specter:
It's an open source behavior/spec-driven development library I created.
Basically, it is a set of Boo syntactic macros to create specs that actually run under NUnit.

For example:
public void StackCountMustEqual42()
Assert.AreEqual(42, stack.Count)
Becomes simply:
specify stack.Count.Must == 42

Using Boo means you can write specs for any .NET assembly.
September 05, 2006 22:54
Another resource I found helpful when trying to understand test-first development is chapter 2 of Test-Driven Development in Microsoft .NET by Jim Newkirk and Alexei Vorontsov.

Anyone can download that chapter from the GotDotNet workspace for the book,
September 08, 2006 9:53
Just to add to the various tools and techniques, there's a pretty interesting tool called the "Thycotic.DatabaseScripter" which lets you script your database for unit testing. You essentially create a definition and write a stored proc. The tool will setup (and tear down) the entire db using your schema and then run your stored proc to setup your test data. The really cool thing is that you can set the scripter to preserve the original primary key values in the database, thus making testing easier (important rule of TDD/unit testing is testing from a known state).

You can check out the tool here:
(sad times, only supports SQL 2000 but I'm sure they're working on 2005)

And there's a great blog entry here by Dan Bunea on doing a sales report using TDD (which uses the tool).


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