About the Book
The shared desire is simple: write tests that improve software.
Despite this desire, each of the authors of Unit Testing Points of View approaches testing in a notably different way. This book provides a common domain and details how each author would go about testing it in the way they find most effective. You'll find examples of:
- An approach to Unit Testing focused on readability & concision.
- An approach to Unit Testing focused on characterization tests.
- An approach to Unit Testing focused on top-down or bottom-up testing & readable tests.
The authors are friends, but far too opinionated to pull punches when it comes to discussing testing. Within this book you're sure to find opinions you can relate to. We also hope you'll gain a deeper understanding of what motivates people to take a contrasting approach. The overarching goal of the book is to provide three reference testing styles; providing the reader with multiple points of view and reference material a reader can point at to describe their preferred approach
About the Authors
Jay Fields is the author of Working Effectively with Unit Tests, an author of Refactoring: Ruby Edition, and a Software Engineer at DRW Trading. He has a passion for discovering and maturing innovative solutions. He has worked as both a full-time employee and as a consultant for many years. The two environments are very different; however, a constant in Jay’s career has been his focus on how to deliver more with less.
Brian Marick was first exposed to the functional style in 1983, when the accident of knowing a little bit of Lisp tossed him into the job of technical lead on a project to port Common Lisp to a now-defunct computer architecture. That led him to a reading spree about all things Lisp, the language from which the functional style arguably originated. He’s been a language geek ever since, despite making most of his living as a software process consultant. He’s the author of the popular Midje testing library for Clojure and has written books (Everyday Scripting with Ruby, Programming Cocoa with Ruby, and Functional Programming for the Object-Oriented Programmer). The two books in progress are An Outsider's Guide to Statically Typed Functional Programming and Lenses for the Mere Mortal.