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Building Test-Driven Developers

About the Book

Long-time PHP testing advocate Chris Hartjes takes a look at one of the least-understood parts of testing computer software -- managing the expectations of people. In this book Chris draws on his experience of over a decade of helping developers build the skills needed to become good at testing and talks about how tests are written by people, not machines. His views on what to do when there are no tests but you want some, or what to do with a test suite nobody likes will challenge your thoughts on what testing is really about.

"Building Test-Driven Developers" covers:

  • What is a "testing culture"
  • Handling things when there are no tests
  • Why testing should be "just part of the job"
  • Dealing with tests nobody runs
  • Does "Chicago vs. London" really matter?
  • Dealing with difficult people

You need people skills to go along with all those great testing skills you've been building. Chris is here to help with those too!

About the Author

Chris Hartjes
Chris Hartjes

Chris Hartjes has been helping teams try and produce fewer bugs in production since 1998 with a recent focus on tools and test automation in PHP and Python.

He lives in the snowy wilds of Lucan, Ontario, Canada,

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Building Test-Driven Developers
  • Building a Testing Culture
    • Primary Goal
    • Tests as First Class Components
    • Commitment to Peer Review
    • Consistency in Development Environments
    • Trust
  • No Tests? No Problem!
    • How Did We End Up Without Any Tests?
    • Bug Fixes Need Proof
    • New Features Require Proof
    • Test Suites Are Not Bulletproof
  • “You’re Not Getting Paid to Test!”
    • Testing Is Part of the Job
    • Lost Opportunity Costs
  • “Nobody Is running the tests!”
    • Time Pressure
    • Test Are Too Slow
    • Monolithic Bootstrapping
    • Shared Testing Environments
  • Testing Styles
    • The London School
    • The Chicago School
    • What About You?
  • It’s About People
    • Like Kids on a Playground
    • Lack of Good Docs
    • Convincing People About Time
    • Cowboys Above Me
  • Now What?

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