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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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 ...
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TDD workflow for (implementation specific) edge cases

When developing features with TDD, I create a test for each combination of feature and case. So, one test for creating user successfully, one for validation errors, and one for database errors. I ...
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TDD - Making assertions about C# Expression trees

How would you unit test the PerformUpdate method in the sample below? This is a (very) simplified version of some code that performs updates against a database where the schema is dynamic and ...
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Is it sufficient to use acceptance and integration tests instead of unit test?

Short introduction to this question. I have used now TDD and lately BDD for over one year now. I use techniques like mocking to make writing my tests more efficiently. Lately I have started a ...
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What is an integration test exactly?

My friends and I have been struggling to classify exactly what is an integration test. Now, on my way home, I just realised, that every time I try to give a real world example of an integration ...
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Debugging checklists: How much it's necessary to have? [closed]

Should making debug-checklists be an essential part of development process? How it can be integrated with unit-tests? Update Debugging checklist: Think about it as your troubleshooting checklist -- ...
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In TDD, is it bad practice to pass a test with code that would pass more than one test? [duplicate]

When using TDD, is it bad practice to pass a newly written test with code that could also pass another test? For example, take the following test (in PHP) public function ...
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How to test the data access layer?

I have a DAO method that utilizes Spring for JDBC access. It calculates a seller's success rate of selling an item. Here is the code: public BigDecimal getSellingSuccessRate(long seller_id) { ...
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TDD and complete test coverage where exponential test cases are needed

I am working on a list comparator to assist sorting an unordered list of search results per very specific requirements from our client. The requirements call for a ranked relevance algorithm with the ...
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How do I test this?

I've attempted test first in Ruby on Rails using Test Unit and RSpec. I'm wondering how to do test first in situations that are more closely tied to the OS/filesystem. Problem: Building a USB stick ...
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Inheritance in test classes

I have an interface Serializer with methods serialize and isSerializerFor. I created a first implementation of this using TDD, and ended up with a nice clean test case fully covering a nice clean ...
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Is TDD viable in collaborative open source projects

Let's say I wanted to start an open source project that I hope/expect to have many people submit patches and whatnot. Is it viable to take a strict TDD approach? Can/should I expect/trust ...
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Managing false positives in TDD or BDD

I'm relatively new to TDD and have been thinking a lot about how to manage the perpetually growing pool of tests that comes with it. One of my biggest concerns is about false positives. In my ...
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How to refactor out static members of basic classes

Currently I am working on C++ project, which can be classified as "legacy" project. A lot of poor written code was committed because of lack of experience and under the pressure of deadlines. When I ...
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How do you unit test a User Interface? [closed]

I use JavaScript with JQuery for a Rails application. I have some dynamic behaviour in this one. As a Ruby developper, I like TDD/BDD, specialy with RSpec. For the moment, I test my JavaScript ...
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Are “TDD Tests” different to Unit Tests? [duplicate]

I read Stephen Walther's article about Test Driven Development (TDD) and unit testing. I think it was an excellent article. The author makes a distinction between what he calls "TDD Tests" and unit ...
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How to unit test a web client?

I am having a lot of trouble understanding how to unit test my web client. I have just finished a project using TDD for the first time - this project hd no external dependencies such as API calls or ...
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Why not write all tests at once when doing TDD?

The Red - Green - Refactor cycle for TDD is well established and accepted. We write one failing unit test and make it pass as simply as possible. What are the benefits to this approach over writing ...
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Why is Conway's “Game of Life” used for code retreats?

Code Retreat is an all-day training event that focuses on the fundamentals of software development. There's a "global" code retreat day coming up, and I'm looking forward to it. That said, I've been ...
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How do I create an environment where fixing tests is seen as a priority?

I am a software engineer at a medium sized company. We have a fairly robust testing platform running on TeamCity. It does unit tests on every checkin, and a daily unit test/BVT run. The problem is ...
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Testing a codebase with sequential cohesion

I've this really simple program written in C with ncurses that's basically a front-end to sqlite3. I would like to implement TDD to continue the development and have found a nice C unit framework for ...
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TDD vs. Productivity

In my current project (a game, in C++), I decided that I would use Test Driven Development 100% during development. In terms of code quality, this has been great. My code has never been so well ...
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I don't understand how TDD helps me get a good design if I need a design to start testing it

I'm trying to wrap my head around TDD, specifically the development part. I've looked at some books, but the ones I found mainly tackle the testing part - the History of NUnit, why testing is good, ...
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How does TDD address interaction between objects?

TDD proponents claim that it results in better design and decoupled objects. I can understand that writing tests first enforces the use of things like dependency injection, resulting in loosely ...
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Test Doubles : Do they go in “source packages” or “test packages”?

I've got a couple of data access objects (DefaultPersonServices.class, DefaultAddressServices.class) which is responsible for various CRUD operations in a database. A few different classes use these ...
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Why is it often said that the test cases need to be made before we start coding? [duplicate]

Why is it often said that the test cases need to be made before we start coding? What are its pros and what the cons if we don't listen to this advice? Moreover, does that advice refer to black box ...
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Difficulties With TDD & Refactoring (Or - Why Is This More Painful Than It Should Be?)

I wanted to teach myself to use the TDD approach and I had a project I had been wanting to work on for a while. It wasn't a large project so I thought it would be a good candidate for TDD. However, I ...
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How to deal with the notion of time in UI/Integration tests

There are some well-known techniques for dealing with the notion of time in unit tests. These allow you to write unittests that always work with a specific time so the outcome of the test is ...
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Does TDD lead to the good design? [duplicate]

I'm in transition from "writing unit tests" state to TDD. I saw as Johannes Brodwall creates quite acceptable design from avoiding any of architecture phase before. I'll ask him soon if it was real ...
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Can you be Agile without doing TDD (test driven development)?

Is is possible to correctly call yourself (or your team) "Agile" if you don't do TDD (Test-Driven Development)?
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The Relative Cost Efficiency of (Acceptance) Test Driven Development

I would like to know what the overall impact of resource planning on a software project is, where the requirements and design of the project are driven by automated acceptance tests and unit tests, in ...
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Learning Test Driven Development [closed]

If I want to learn TDD on my own, where would I start apart from the usual Google Search? Are there any books that you would recommend or any method that you followed to learn it on your own? I am ...
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When should I write integration tests?

According to rules of TDD unit tests are written before production code, but what about Integration tests that exercises interaction between concrete (non mocks) wired objects? Should they be written ...
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Do unit tests sometimes break encapsulation? [duplicate]

I very often hear the following: "If you want to test private methods, you'd better put that in another class and expose it." While sometimes that's the case and we have a hiding concept inside our ...
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Can you apply agile/TDD in all circumstances?

I'm not against agile/TDD and use it under most circumstances. However, in some circumstances I feel it doesn't work well. For example, the other day I was building a fairly complex data processing ...
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Looking for Case Studies of How TDD Improved Quality and/or Speed of Development [closed]

At my company I am trying to make a case for why we should be doing TDD. Currently most developers just do whatever they can to get the project done, then go add unit tests after the fact in order to ...
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Designing new application from scratch, TDD, MVC, OOD based [duplicate]

I'm about to improve my skills in all that is related to designing applications from scratch using proper OOD principles, involving MVC pattern and using TDD approach to do it. I have a project for ...