Program with GUTs in C

One of the greatest shifts in modern programming practices has been how programmers across many different domains and languages have embraced unit testing. For the C programmer, however, a lot of what has been said and done in the unit testing space, from test-driven development to unit-testing frameworks, has passed them by. Most of the blogs and talks and advice out there is targeted at languages that are some combination of dynamic, managed or object-oriented — which by no stretch of the imagination describes C.

    This day long session looks at the good unit tests (GUTs) and test-driven development (TDD) from the perspective of C. Rather than trying to fake object orientation, what are the composition-oriented styles and tricks that C can support more comfortably? What are the best ways to express and isolate external dependencies for testing? What does it take in code and in mindset to allow unit testing to embrace C?

    Kevlin Henney

    Kevlin is an independent consultant and trainer. His development interests are in patterns, programming, practice and process. He has been a columnist for various magazines and web sites, including Better Software, The Register, Application Development Advisor, Java Report and the C/C++ Users Journal. Kevlin is co–author of A Pattern Language for Distributed Computing and On Patterns and Pattern Languages, two volumes in the Pattern–Oriented Software Architecture series. He is also editor of the 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know site and book.

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