The Grumpy Programmer's PHPUnit Cookbook

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Learning how to use PHPUnit doesn't have to suck

Your code is untested and fixing bugs is tedious

You know you need something better, but time just doesn't seem to be on your side. Making things "right" is costly and you need to deliver working code NOW.

Writing tests is time-consuming and you're not sure how to fit it in

Tests would be great but there are real deadlines to meet. You can't stop development and churn away for hours just to add tests around what you know already works.

PHPUnit is the unit testing framework of choice, but it's intimidating

It looks hard to use and difficult to understand. You have little-to-no experience with it and just figuring out where to start feels daunting. You're left wondering how you use it to test all this stuff you're responsible for.

You don't have time to slow down development

You need to write solid, bug-free code, but your path is filled with manual tests and an application that breaks every time you change it.

You could go home from work, on-time and happy.

Life would be sweet with a solid set of tests

If you already had tests, you'd probably catch bugs faster.

You could refactor your code ruthlessly

Your tests would tell you when a requirements change broke something.

With tests, you'd push code to production with confidence

No longer would you dread the bug reports. You'd happily make changes knowing that your safety net is there. You'd try out new features guiding yourself with tests.

You can make this happen after reading "The Grumpy Programmer's PHPUnit Cookbook"

You'll know exactly how to tackle your existing code.

You'll know how to drive new features with your tests.

You'll write tests that run fast and keep you moving quickly.

My name is Chris Hartjes. I'm a long-time PHP developer who has been promoting testing practices for almost a decade. I wrote "The Grumpy Programmer's Guide To Building Testable PHP Applications" to show you how you can write code you can easily test. The past few years I have spoken at conferences about best practices for writing tests and been recognized as an expert on unit testing. Now, I want to help you learn to use PHPUnit to create tests that give you confidence that your code is on the right track.

My new ebook "The Grumpy Programmer's PHPUnit Cookbook" is a collection of tips and tricks for making PHPUnit do what you need it do in order to write tests for your code. With the information contained in this book you will get a jump start to make writing tests something you do effortlessly.

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Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • PHPUnit For Grumpy Developers
    • Installing And Configuring
    • Minimum Viable Test Class
    • Making Your Tests Tell You What’s Failed
    • Configuring Run Time Options
    • Test Environment Configuration
    • Organizing Your Tests
  • Test Doubles
    • Why We Need Them
    • What Are They
    • Dummy Objects
    • Test Stubs
    • Test Spies
    • More Object Testing Tricks
  • Data Providers
    • Why You Should Use Data Providers
    • Look At All Those Tests
    • Creating Data Providers
    • More Complex Examples
    • Data Provider Tricks
  • Creating Test Data
    • Data Source Snapshots
    • Fake It When You Need To
  • Testing API’s
    • Testing Talking To The API Itself
    • Wrapping Your API Calls
  • Testing Databases
    • Functional Tests vs. Unit Tests
    • Sandboxes
    • DBUnit
    • Our First DBUnit Test
    • Mocking Database Connections
    • Mocking vs. Fixtures
  • Testing Exceptions
    • Testing Using Annotations
    • Testing Using setExpectedException
    • Testing Using try-catch

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