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ACCU London February 2010

Steve Freeman and Nat Pryce talks on Sustaining Test-Driven Development

When: Thursday 25 February 2010, 7pm-8pm

Where: JP Morgan, 125 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5AJ (Google map)

Who: Open to all, ACCU memebers and non-members, no charge but we request pre-registration

Registration: Please register through EventBrite for this event

This talk is about the qualities we look for in test code that keep the development "habitable". We want to make sure the tests pull their weight by making them expressive, so that we can tell what's important when we read them and when they fail, and by making sure they don't become a maintenance drag themselves. We need to apply as much care and attention to the tests as we do to the production code (although the coding styles may differ). Difficulty in testing might imply that we need to change our test code, but often it's a hint that our design ideas are wrong and that we ought to change the production code. In practice, these qualities are all related to and support each other. Test-driven development combines testing, specification, and design into one holistic activity.

About Steve Freeman and Nat Pryce

Steve and Nat are authors of Growing Object-Oriented Software Guided by Tests

Nat Pryce's Blog

Steve Freeman's Blog