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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Test driven development - convince me! [closed]

I know some people are massive proponents of test driven development. I have used unit tests in the past, but only to test operations that can be tested easily or which I believe will quite possibly ...
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When is it appropriate to not unit test?

I work in a small company as a solo developer. I'm the only developer at the company in fact. I have several (relatively) large projects I've written and maintain regularly, and none of them have ...
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What are the disadvantages of automated testing?

There are a number of questions on this site that give plenty of information about the benefits that can be gained from automated testing. But I didn't see anything that represented the other side of ...
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Unit testing on visualization (3D graphics) frameworks

This is a follow up to this question. There I was asking how to do unit testing when you have a library of scientific algorithms. I have a similar problem now but with a different project. I'm ...
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At what point would you drop some of your principles of software development for the sake of more money?

I'd like to throw this question out there to interestingly see where the medium is. I'm going to admit that in my last 12 months, I picked up TDD and a lot of the Agile values in software ...
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Should I write a test to prove that deleting code fixes a bug?

Occasionally I'll run into the situation where fixing a bug requires that I delete a section of code. The TDD purist would (I assume) advocate writing a failing test, deleting the code, then watching ...
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Functional testing and Acceptance testing leading to redundant code

What I know is: A Functional test aims to test a single component (like a WebApp's Controller) from the point of view of the developer. => Did I achieve all the requirements to make it work well? ...
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Alternative to “Passing/Broken build” indicator?

When having a continuous integration executing the tests at each commit, a common best practice is to have all the tests passing at all times (aka "do not break the build"). I find some problems with ...
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organising classes / folder structure for TDD-based development

Due to test-driven development, one ends up with many classes doing just one thing. It is quite a headache just to see where such classes would be placed inside the folder structure. First of all, ...
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Unit test and Code Coverage of Ant build scripts

In our development environment We have more and more build scripts for ant to perform the build tasks for several different build jobs. These build scripts sometimes become large and do a lot of ...
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In which cases Robolectric is a relevant solution?

As you may now, Robolectric is a framework that provides stubs for Android objects, in order to make tests runnable outside the Dalvik environment. My concern is that, by doing this, one can fake a ...
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Write tests for unit tests in TDD?

In an answer to another question, I suggested creating a randomized value for input to a specific method. In my experience this has been useful for making tests more readable and it lets you skip the ...
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When is unit testing inappropriate or unnecessary? [duplicate]

It seems to be generally assumed (on Stack Overflow at least) that there should always be unit tests, and they should be kept up to date. But I suspect the programmers making these assertions ...
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Helper static methods in TDD

I am creating an application which will be testable(unit + integration). In this application I have a FileHelper static class, public static class FileHelper { public static void ...
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How to setup TDD environment

In TDD, is it good practice to keep the tests in the same directory as the code its testing or is it better separate the tests in either a different directory or a separate project. Would it be the ...
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Unit Test Friendly Domain Driven Design

Many of the readings I've done on DDD, both in books and online, seem to represent code that, often times, is difficult or impossible to unit test. For example, there are numerous samples with static ...
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How do we make unit tests run fast?

We have reached the point in our project where we have almost a thousand tests and people have stopped bothering with running them before doing a check in because it takes so long. At best they run ...
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How much to test in TDD?

I am newbie to TDD (writing first project following TDD practices). I have fairly basic interface IProfiler and an implementation Profiler. interface IProfiler { bool IsBusy {get;} long Elapsed ...
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How do you handle increasingly long compile times when working with templates?

I use Visual Studio 2012 and he have cases where we added templates parameters to a class "just" in order to introduce a "seam point" so that in unit-test we can replace those parts with mock objects. ...
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How would type errors be detected while creating mocks in a dynamic language?

The problem occurs while doing TDD. After a couple of test pass, the return types of some class/module change. In a statically typed programming language, if a previous mocked object was used in the ...
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Is it okay to mock multiple objects in one class?

For developers with extensive experience using mocks, is it okay to mock multiple objects in one class (ie satisfy multiple interfaces) or is this not recommended? I am wondering because mocks are ...
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TDD and test automation in applications heavily dependent on databases and user input [closed]

Recently I have been reading online about eXtreme programming and agile practices. I wish to adapt them. However most of my code is all in PHP which is the normal CRUD type web applications. Moreover ...
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Which class to start TDD of card game application? What's the next 5-7 tests?

I have started to write card game applications. Some model classes: CardSuit, CardValue, Card Deck, IDeckCreator, RegularDeckCreator, DoubleDeckCreator Board Hand and some game classes: Turn, ...
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Is it a good idea to do TDD on low level components?

I'm considering writing a low level driver or OS components/kernels. The osdev.org folks seem to think that the important bits are not meaningfully testable this way, but I have read some discussions ...
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How to understand and debug legacy software? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I’ve inherited 200K lines of spaghetti code — what now? Not long ago my company placed me in a team that deals with some of the most complex bugs that are in production. ...
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Static is bad, but what about the Factory pattern?

I'm on a TDD project, so I try to stick as much as possible to the good pratices involved with that kind of development. One of them is avoiding as much as possible static and global. I'm facing this ...
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How to deal with static utility classes when designing for testability

We are trying to design our system to be testable and in most parts developed using TDD. Currently we are trying to solve the following problem: In various places it is necessary for us to use static ...
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Requesting quality analysis test cases up front of implementation/change

Recently I have been assigned to work on a major requirement that falls between a change request and an improvement. The previous implementation was done (badly) by a senior developer that left the ...
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Review tests first

I am going to adopt TDD in our team and one of the ideas I have is to review tests first. So one would write interfaces, mocks, and tests first, submit them for a code review and once interfaces and ...
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How to get initial API right using TDD?

This might be a rather silly question as I am at my first attempts at TDD. I loved the sense of confidence it brings and generally better structure of my code but when I started to apply it on ...
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test coverage reality

I am NOT doing test driven development and I write my test classes after the actual code is written. In my current project I have a test coverage (Line coverage) of 70% for 3000 lines of Java code. I ...
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TDD in JavaScript [closed]

I'm about to participate in a Coding Kata and I would like to do it in JavaScript. What tools and libraries do I need for TDD in JavaScript?
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Test driven vs Business requirements constant changing

One of the new requirement of our dev team set by the CTO/CIO is to become test driven development, however I don't think the rest of the business is going to help because they have no sense of ...
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How can I test database access methods in Java? [closed]

I want to write a test for a method that accesses a database such as following. public class MyClass{ public String getAddress(Int id){ String query = "Select * from Address where ...
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What if I can't make my unit test fail in “Red, Green, Refactor” of TDD?

So let's say that I have a test: @Test public void MoveY_MoveZero_DoesNotMove() { Point p = new Point(50.0, 50.0); p.MoveY(0.0); Assert.assertAreEqual(50.0, p.Y); } This test then ...
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What to do when TDD tests reveal new functionality that is needed that also needs tests?

What do you do when you are writing a test and you get to the point where you need to make the test pass and you realize that you need an additional piece of functionality that should be separated ...
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Is wrapping a third party code the only solution to unit test its consumers?

I'm doing unit testing and in one of my classes I need to send a mail from one of the methods, so using constructor injection I inject an instance of Zend_Mail class which is in Zend framework. Now ...
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Node.JS testing with Jasmine, databases, and pre-existing code

I've recently built the start of a core system which is likely going turn into a monster product. I'm building the system with node.js, and decided after I got a small base built, that It'd be a ...
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Are injectable classes allowed to have constructor parameters in DI?

Given the following code: class ClientClass{ public function print(){ //some code to calculate $inputString $parser= new Parser($inputString); $result= ...
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Returning a mock object from a mock object

I'm trying to return an object when mocking a parser class. This is the test code using PHPUnit 3.7 //set up the result object that I want to be returned from the call to parse method ...
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How to implement isValid correctly?

I'm trying to provide a mechanism for validating my object like this: class SomeObject { private $_inputString; private $_errors=array(); public function __construct($inputString) { ...
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Unit testing statically typed functional code

I wanted to ask you people, in which cases it makes sense to unit test statically typed functional code, as written in haskell, scala, ocaml, nemerle, f# or haXe (the last is what I am really ...
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“TDD is about design, not verification”; concretely, what does that mean?

I've been wondering about this. What do we exactly mean by design and verification. Should I just apply TDD to make sure my code is SOLID and not check if it's external behaviour is correct? Should ...
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TDD - Outside In vs Inside Out

What is the difference between building an application Outside In vs building it Inside Out using TDD? These are the books I read about TDD and unit testing: Test Driven Development: By Example ...
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How to unit test image processing code?

I'm working in image processing (mainly OCR) and I wonder how I should integrate unit tests in my development. I'm already using unit tests for more "common" type of code but when dealing with image ...
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Unit testing and Test Driven Development questions

I'm working on an ASP.NET MVC website which performs relatively complex calculations as one of its functions. This functionality was developed some time ago (before I started working on the ...
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How to organize unit/integration test in BDD

So finally after reading a lot, I have understood that the difference between BDD and TDD is between T & B. But coming from basic TDD background, what I used to was, first write unittest for ...
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What's wrong performing unit test against concrete implementation if your frameworks are not going to change?

First a bit of background: We are re-architecting our product suite that was written 10 years ago and served its purpose. One thing that we cannot change is the database schema as we have 500+ client ...
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TDD with SQL and data manipulation functions

While I'm a professional programmer, I've never been formally trained in software engineering. As I'm frequently visiting here and SO, I've noticed a trend for writing unit tests whenever possible ...
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TDD, BDD or both? [duplicate]

I'm a little bit confused about BDD. I'm doing TDD currently. My question is whether BDD is complementary to TDD or it's a whole new thing and my team should do both TDD and BDD? Or is it enough to ...