TDD stands for Test-Driven Development, or Test-Driven Design. It is the practice of writing a unit test before writing code to satisfy it, in what is known as the Red-Green-Refactor cycle.

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How to unit test models in MVC / MVR app?

I'm building a node.js web app and am trying to do so for the first time in a test driven fashion. I'm using nodeunit for testing, which I find allows me to write tests quickly and painlessly. In this ...
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How to use unit tests as a source of information?

A colleague of mine was once at a seminar about agile development, where he heard it is possible to use unit tests as technical documentation. Something like using unit tests as an example of how to ...
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Designing unit tests for a stateful system

Background Test Driven Development was popularized after I already finished school and in the industry. I am trying to learn it, but some major things still escape me. TDD proponents say lots of ...
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How do you detect lying Stubs/Mocks?

Consider this piece of code from the PHPUnit manual(I'm using PHP only as an example): class StubTest extends PHPUnit_Framework_TestCase { public function testStub() { // Create a ...
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Using 2 Constructors: one that injects dependencies and one that instantiates them

I started using TDD for the first time on a project I started recently. I have a few objects with dependencies and structures that look something like this: public class MyClass { private ...
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Is there a name for this technique in testing? [closed]

When I've written tests for some code and want to make sure that it's actually testing what it's supposed to, I'll mess up or remove the code-under-test, and see if the tests fail. If they don't, I've ...
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Help in ensuring unit tests are meaningful

I've just written a unit test for this function, which loops through a collection of dates and sets properties equal to true or false depending on whether they're before or after a given comparison ...
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DRY code, DRY tests?

At some point I had to create some class "Class1" and that class needs a method "method". So I have the following: Class1MethodTest: A total of N tests that check the behavior of Class1.method Class1 ...
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How to pick the testing values for parameterized tests for stateless functions?

When writing (parameterized) tests for stateless functions, how do I determine the most ideal set of values to test with? I'm writing a class with mathematical functions in C#, and I want to write ...
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Are there areas where TDD provides a high ROI and other areas where the ROI is so low that it is not worth following? [closed]

Test driven development. I get it, like it. But writing tests does require overhead. So should TDD be used universally throughout the code base, or are there areas where TDD provides a high ROI and ...
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How to know what to test in TDD? [duplicate]

I've heard about TDD more than one year ago, but until now I didn't manage to get myself started with it. Indeed, one of my greatest doubts is always what to test. The examples given always shows test ...
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How to test state of the object

I have a class DataImport with only two public methods public void fromStream(InputStream inputStream); public ImportCommand getImportCommand(); When I test it I send some test data to fromStream ...
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What is understood under “unit” in unit testing

As I understand in theory under "unit" people mean method (in OOP). But in practice tests which verify some method in isolation are very fragile behaviour tests (verifying not the result but the fact ...
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Implementing TDD for existing code [duplicate]

I've just been learning Unit Testing and I'm trying to understand how I could incorporate it with a project with existing code. Say I wanted to write tests for a specific class in that project, but ...
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Testing abstract class' behavior

I'm currently refactoring an existing design, which was created without TDD. There is a class hierarchy with one abstract base class and two subclasses. In the original design, these classes were ...
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Test driven development when implementing a flexible length list

According to the commonly used TDD strategy, to implement something, you write a test that fail the code first, write the simplest code, refactor, and then repeat. I am trying to imagine this scenario ...
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Types of unit tests based on usefulness

From value point of view I see two groups of unit tests in my practice: Tests that test some non-trivial logic. Writing them (either before implementation or after) reveals some problems/potential ...
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Testing ASP.NET .aspx and .ascx code behind files

I am wondering how to test .aspx.cs and .ascx.cs code behind. Can I use unit testing and if so how? Are there alternatives that will help test the functions in the code behind files? I don't know how ...
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Are there any cases when one should not use Test Driven Development? [duplicate]

Is it recommended that TDD be always practiced in a project, or are there cases when it should be avoided? Should we all adopt TDD? Is it standard practice in major software companies?
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If TDD is design, how do you know your TDD is well designed? [duplicate]

Given a large group (50+) of programmers: All given the same problem, All using Test-Driven Development (TDD), All pair programming, All doing group-based code review, I have personally seen the ...
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Why write tests for code that I will refactor?

I am refactoring a huge legacy code class. Refactoring (I presume) advocates this: write tests for the legacy class refactor the heck out of the class Problem: once I refactor the class, my ...
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New to TDD. Should I avoid private methods now?

I'm just now learning TDD. It's my understanding that private methods are untestable and shouldn't be worried about because the public API will provide enough information for verifying an object's ...
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Unit testing behaviours without coupling to implementation details

In his talk TDD, where did it all go wrong, Ian Cooper pushes Kent Beck's original intention behind unit testing in TDD (to test behaviours, not methods of classes specifically) and argues for ...
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Characterization in Testing: Unit test or Functional test [duplicate]

So I'm trying to push for more automated testing in my company, which focus a lot on prototype and proof of concept systems. We currently use Google Test for unit testing. This tests specific test ...
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Should we test all our methods?

So today I had a talk with my teammate about unit testing. The whole thing started when he asked me "hey, where are the tests for that class, I see only one?". The whole class was a manager (or a ...
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Should I refactor my unit tests when I extract a class out of the System Under Test?

I wrote this class that does a few things (perhaps this is a violation of the Single Responsibility Principle). I realize now that some other part of the project needs a piece of that logic and the ...
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Test Driven Development Code Order

I am developing my first project using test driven development. I am using Zend Framework and PHPUnit. Currently my project is at 100% code coverage but I am not sure I understand in what order I am ...
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From a TDD perspective, am I a bad person if I test against a live endpoint instead of a mock?

I follow TDD religiously. My projects typically have 85% or better test coverage, with meaningful test cases. I do a lot of work with HBase, and the main client interface, HTable, is a real pain ...
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TDD verifying dependency method invoked correctly

I am trying to follow TDD in my proj but I can't get my head around how to verify I am calling a dependency correctly or even if I should be trying to verify it. Here's the requirement: Write an ...
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What kind of a test is a “consistency check”?

Some or all of the tests I write and run are checks for consistency e.g. assert that if I create a new user account, that the account that was created actually has the same name as the name that was ...
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Adding unit tests to brownfield applications [duplicate]

I'm working for a company that has been developing a series of products for years with little to no unit testing in place. They want to move to TDD and unit test new code going forward. However, I'm ...
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Do I need a suite of unit tests for inner business-logic class? Since it's going to replicate the acceptance test suite for 90% [duplicate]

I'm new to TDD and wondering about methodolody. Given: A simple project which implements functionality of, for example, a console calculator. It has the following structure: Fairly simple ...
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Are “Stocks” a TDD/Unit testing anti pattern?

From Martin Fowler's Mocks Aren't Stubs he states that Stubs provide canned answers to calls made during the test while Mocks objects pre-programmed with expectations which form a specification of the ...
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Does TDD really work for complex projects?

I’m asking this question regarding problems I have experienced during TDD projects. I have noticed the following challenges when creating unit tests. Generating and maintaining mock data It’s hard ...
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Building complex algorithms with TDD

I'm trying to adopt TDD in my daily programming practice. I use it at work very effectively, but I'm having trouble with my personal projects where I'm using some complex algorithms. The particular ...
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When changing a class/method and you already have passing unit tests, should you change then test or write a test then change?

Say I have a class with a single constructor that accepts 2 parameters and initialises itself using those parameters. I have written tests for this and they are all passing. I later realise I need to ...
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Questions about TDD and unit testing

I am a junior software developer and I have been researching some of the practices in the industry to make myself better. I have been looking at unit testing briefly and I cannot see how the extra ...
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Is anyone doing “real” TDD with Visual-C++, and if yes, how do they do it?

Test Driven Development implies writing the test before the code and following a certain cycle: Write Test Check Test (run) Write Production Code Check Test (run) Clean up Production Code Check test ...
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Do we need Logging when doing TDD?

When doing the Red, Green & Refactor cycle we should always write the minimum code to pass the test. This is the way I have been taught about TDD and the way almost all books describe the process. ...
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Testing Framework Selection: xUnit family theory

Background: I am familiar with xUnit family frameworks and have had experience with (shunit2, PhpUnit and simpletest). I am currently trying to find a testing framework for C++. I did a quick search ...
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How to measure that a team is doing Test Driven Development

My team is considering a department goal of doing Test Driven Development next (fiscal) year. TDD sounds good and my manager is on board. The only problem is measurement. Our company rules require ...
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TDD negative experience [closed]

What is a negative side of your TDD experience? Do you find baby steps (the simplest fix to make test green) annoying and useless? Do you find no-value tests (when test has sense initially but in ...
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Acceptance tests done first…how can this be accomplished?

The basic gist of most Agile methods is that a feature is not "done" until it's been developed, tested, and in many cases released. This is supposed to happen in quick turnaround chunks of time such ...
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Is it ever justifiable to write code without tests when doing TDD?

Is it ever justifiable to write production-code without also writing tests for it when doing Test Driven Development?
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How to TDD test that objects are being added to a collection if the collection is private?

Assume that I planned to write a class that worked something like this: public class GameCharacter { private Collection<CharacterEffect> _collection; public void Add(CharacterEffect e) ...
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Unit test SHA256 wrapper queries

I have the following SHA256 wrapper. public static string SHA256(string plainText) { StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder(); SHA256CryptoServiceProvider provider = new ...
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On which abstraction level would you do TDD?

Problem I find myself nailing the class structure down by having too many unit tests which makes making changes hard. Example Assume we have a class A which uses classes B1 and B2. Class B1 uses ...
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Does following TDD inevitably lead to DI?

I learned to do Test Driven Development (TDD), Dependency Injection (DI) and Inversion of Control (IoC) all at the same time. When I write code using TDD I always end up using DI in my class's ...
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Should I have unit tests for known defects?

If my code contains a known defect which should be fixed, but isn't yet, and won't be fixed for the current release, and might not be fixed in the forseeable future, should there be a failing unit ...
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How do I stress the importance of unit tests to my manager [duplicate]

I've recently started a new job, & I've been tasked with completing a feature that another developer didn't finish before he left the company. The existing tests are out of date (i.e ...