Test Driven Development

The course has a good balance of interactive lectures and hands-on exercises. The attendees are expected to pair-up and work on the lab exercises. The instructor will assist the attendees as they work on the exercises. The objective of the course is for the attendees to gain an in depth practical knowledge of the concepts so they can put them to immediate use on real projects.


    Influence of TDD on Agility and sustainability

    • Reasons to do TDD
    • Cost of doing it
    • Cost of not doing it
    • Software systems, design, complexity, and how to cope
    • Importance of Automated tests
    • The two benefits of TDD—rapid feedback and design influence
    • What’s really needed to be effective at TDD?
    • Exercises

    Test Driving your Design

    • Types of Tests: White box and black box testing
    • Type of unit tests–positive, negative, and exception tests
    • Performance tests
    • What is really a unit of code?
    • How to test drive a unit of code?
    • What is not unit testing?
    • Programming by Intention
    • Simple code that works
    • How to evolve design through unit tests?
    • Practices for Unit Testing
    • Tenets of Unit Testing
    • Detailed example of building a small App test driven
    • When to write unit tests?
    • When not to write unit tests?
    • TDD Patterns and test qualities
    • Exercises

    Mocking Out Dependencies

    • What makes TDD hard?
    • How to deal with dependencies?
    • First, knock out before you mock out
    • What is a Mock object?
    • What is not a mock?
    • Common pitfalls programmers run into when using mocks
    • How to create mock objects?
    • Hand tossing mocks
    • Using a mocking framework
    • Exercises

    Test Driving Code for Thread Safety

    • Challenges with Multithreaded code
    • Is it a lost cause?
    • Designing multithreaded code using test cases
    • Removing impediments and avoiding design pitfalls
    • Let’s test drive a multithreaded code
    • Exercises

    Functional Testing

    • Functional vs. Unit Testin
    • Automation tests and feedback loops
    • Reasons to do functional testing
    • Fit and FitNesse
    • Exercises

    Behavior Driven Design

    • What’s BDD?
    • Relationship between TDD and BDD
    • Tools for BDD
    • Creating Tests with SpecFlow
    • Visual Studio Integration
    • Driving UI automation tests
    • Exercises

    Measuring Code Quality

    • Code quality metrics
    • Tools to measure code quality
    • Code Coverage
    • Detecting code duplication and design smells
    • Exercises

    Refactoring your code

    • What is refactoring?
    • Why refactor?
    • What’s needed for refactoring?
    • What to refactor?
    • Reconcile differences
    • Specific Refactoring recommendations
    • ...Method level, class level, data layer, abstraction
    • Tools that help with refactoring
    • Exercise

    Continuous Integration

    • Why unit test?
    • What’s hard about it?
    • What tests to run and how often
    • Integrate early and frequently
    • Tools for Continuous Integration
    • Code Coverage and other metrics measurements
    • Exercises

    Agile Design

    • Measuring Quality of an Abstraction
    • Coupling, Cohesion
    • Law of Demeter
    • Characteristics of a Poor design
    • Characteristics of a Good design
    • Fundamental and essential design principles
    • Exercise

    A 4-hours hands-on workshop that allows the attendees to take a problem and go through 30-minutes iterations of evolving the design. This workshop is intended to help the attendees learn the benefits of TDD and evolutionary design.

    Venkat Subramaniam

    Dr. Venkat Subramaniam is an award-winning author, founder of Agile Developer, Inc., creator of agilelearner.com, and an instructional professor at the University of Houston.

    He has trained and mentored thousands of software developers in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and is a regularly-invited speaker at several international conferences. Venkat helps his clients effectively apply and succeed with sustainable agile practices on their software projects.

    Venkat is a (co)author of multiple technical books, including the 2007 Jolt Productivity award winning book Practices of an Agile Developer. You can find a list of his books at agiledeveloper.com. You may read more about Venkat and Agile Developer, Inc. at http://agiledeveloper.com.

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