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Let's Make Testing Fun Again

A session at WindyCityRails 2012

Thursday 6th September, 2012

11:00am to 11:45am (CST)

“Programmers Love Writing Tests” is the subtitle of one of Kent Beck’s first articles about Test-Driven Development. I don’t think I’m alone in being drawn to TDD at first because it was fun. The quick and consistent feedback and the ability to turn complicated problems into a series of smaller problems to be solved made TDD development seem more like a game than work.

Eventually TDD became less fun. Slow tests made running test suites a cruel joke. Test code gets bulky, and is hard to refactor because, of course, tests don’t have their own tests.

Let’s fix that. We’ll show some notorious testing joy-killers, like slow tests, hard to read tests, tests that paper over bad designs rather than driving new ones. And we’ll squash them, and regain testing delight.

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Noel Rappin

Noel Rappin is a Senior Engineer at Groupon. He is the author of Rails Test Prescriptions. Watch for the upcoming Master Space and Time With JavaScript. bio from Twitter

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Time 11:00am11:45am CST

Date Thu 6th September 2012

Short URL

lanyrd.com/sxqbt

Official session page

windycityrails.org/…ns#rappin

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  • Rails Test Prescriptions
  • Professional Ruby on Rails

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