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 granular should TDD tests be?

During TDD training based on medical software case we are implementing the following story: "When user presses Save button, system should add patient, add device and add device data records". The ...
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Unit testing C++: What to test?

TL;DR Writing good, useful tests is hard, and has a high cost in C++. Can you experienced developers share your rationale on what and when to test? Long story I used to do test-driven development, ...
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Post-hoc testing in TDD recommended?

I have a personal project that doesn't have robust testing. I had a bit of TDD going on at the beginning, but it quickly became counterproductive as the project details changed dramatically over time. ...
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What is a normal “functional lines of code” to “test lines of code” ratio?

I'm pretty new to TDD approach and my first experiments say that writing 1 line of functional code means writing about 2-3 lines of testing code. So, in case I'm going to write 1000 LOC, the whole ...
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Implementing unit testing at a company that doesn't do it

My company's head of software development just "resigned" (i.e. fired) and we are now looking into improving the development practices at our company. We want to implement unit testing in all ...
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Testing To Prevent Cascading Bugs

Yesterday, Twitter was hit with a "Cascading Bug" as described in this blog post: A “cascading bug” is a bug with an effect that isn’t confined to a particular software element, but rather its ...
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Moving from mock to real objects?

I'm like doing TDD so I started everything mocking objects, creating interface, stubbing, great. The design seems to work, now I'll implement the stuff, a lot of the code used in the stubs are going ...
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Are too many assertions code smell?

I've really fallen in love with unit testing and TDD - I am test infected. However, unit testing is normally used for public methods. Sometimes though I do have to test some assumptions-assertions ...
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What are the design principles that promote testable code? (designing testable code vs driving design through tests)

Most of the projects that I work on consider development and unit testing in isolation which makes writing unit tests at a later instance a nightmare. My objective is to keep testing in mind during ...
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Is 100% code coverage a pipe dream?

Is it feasible to expect 100% code coverage in heavy jquery/backbonejs web applications? Is it reasonable to fail a sprint due to 100% coverage not being met when actual code coverage hovers around ...
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TDD: Write a separate test for object initialization or relying on other tests exercising it

This seems to be the common pattern that's emerging in some of the tests I've worked on lately. We have a class, and quite often this is legacy code whose design can't be easily altered, which has a ...
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Test Driven Development, has it reduced stress for developers?

I understand the benefits of test driven development, but have there been any studies that reveal the level of satisfaction with the product or stress levels of the authoring developers with the ...
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TDD: Am I doing it right?

I'm a new programmer (only been learning for about a year) and in my goal to become better at it I have just recently learned about TDD. I wanted to get into the habit of using it since it seems very ...
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How do asserts and other error avoidance checks fit into TDD?

http://butunclebob.com/ArticleS.UncleBob.TheThreeRulesOfTdd You are not allowed to write any production code unless it is to make a failing unit test pass. So where do asserts fit into this? If ...
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Are there any scientific studies done on TDD that use total cost of ownership for a product as the measurement?

When I was reading the summary of previous work in Dogsa T, Batic D. The effectiveness of test-driven development: an industrial case study. Software Quality Journal. 2011;19(4):643-661. it struck me ...
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How to use unit tests as a source of information?

A colleague of mine was one a seminar about agile development, where he heard it is possible to use unit tests as a technical documentation. Something like using unit tests as example how to use the ...
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TDD adding simple properties

I am currently doing my first real project with TDD. I have written tests, and implemented most of the logic for the application. However, there are properties I know I need to have on the UI, ...
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Do you really have to do BDD/TDD in a test first manner?

Even though I haven't been in a TDD or BDD project, or I have been in some that say they are doing TDD but are pretty far from it, these are things that I think about and really try to read as much as ...
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Test-driven development: To create test when issue is filed or when issue is picked up by somebody?

I've recently been working on a web development project on a team of less-than-five people. Things are going good but now we are decided to go with test-driven development. So far what I've learned ...
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Should we always unit test bugs when correcting them?

When correcting bugs, it is encouraged where I work to first write a test that fails with the given bug, and then to fix the code until the test passes. This follows TDD practices, and is supposed to ...
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How to TDD that the correct results are returned

I'm starting a new project, and trying very very hard to use TDD to drive the design. I've been pushing for years, and finally got approval to spend the extra time on this project to use it while I ...
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How to conduct a 3 days training on current techniques like TDD and CI

I am tasked to conduct a training for an upcoming team of 20 Java developers for a new project. The project owner wants us to use state of the art development techniques like TDD and CI. The ...
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Do I need to test everything?

I'm going to start my first real project in Ruby on Rails, and I'm forcing myself to write TDD tests. I don't see real advantages in writing tests, but since it seems very important, I'll try. Is it ...
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Real-world examples of apps written with TDD and good test coverage? [closed]

Are there any open source applications that are developed using test driven development that serve as models of how good unit testing should work? I'd prefer to see examples in C# and .NET. (Note ...
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How can I get started using TDD to code some simple functionality?

I basically have the gist of TDD. I'm sold that it's useful and I've got a reasonable command of the MSTEST framework. However, to date I have not been able to graduate to using it as a primary ...
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How to convince teammates to use TDD

I am the only person on my team that use TDD. How do I make them to use it? I am annoyed that when I pull, someone's code will break my tests and I am the one who has to fix them. Will using github, ...
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Does TDD's “Obvious Implementation” mean code first, test after?

My friend and I are relatively new TDD and have a dispute about the "Obvious Implementation" technique (from "TDD By Example" by Kent Beck). My friend says it means that if the implementation is ...
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Emphasizing the importance of TDD to customers

The importance of TDD needs to be propagated but there's always a gap in the project timeline and time needed for developing a TDD project. Customers usually do not understand the importance of code ...
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Is it possible to be agile without use cases and tests?

Rhetoric teaches us that the answer is probably yes. However I feel that we would no longer relate to the vast majority of Agile success stories. I think that my upper management read the benefits ...
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Can you use UML in a TDD project?

If so, at what stage? or it is also an iterative process? If iterative, how formal? Also, how useful is UML for a solo programmer doing open source? While I like to see a picture of the system, it ...
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TDD - what are the short term gains/benefits?

Quite often benefits of using TDD are considered as 'long term' gains - the overall code will be better structured, more testable, overall less bugs reported by customers, etc. However, where are ...
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If you had two projects with the same specification and only one was developed using TDD how could you tell?

I was asked this question in an interview and it has been bugging me ever since. You have two projects, both with the same specification but only one of these projects was developed using Test ...
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BDD: Getting started

I'm starting with BDD and this is my story: Feature: Months and days to days In order to see months and days as days As a date conversion fan I need a webpage where users can enter ...
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What are the disadvantages of writing code before writing unit tests?

I have always seen the recommendation that we should first write unit tests and then start writing code. But I feel that going the other way is much more comfortable (for me) - write code and then the ...
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How much extra time is needed to add unit test in a development task?

My team is considering moving to test-driven development. Currently we have almost no unit testing, we have been only relying on the user acceptance test, and developer's own manual test. Not everyone ...
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Type mocking frameworks does not change coding practices from testability point?

Many people recommend that we should code against interfaces and avoid statics for testability. Interfaces are not just for testability, they are sometimes a requirement. But sometimes we introduce ...
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Should I intentionally break the build when a bug is found in production?

It seems reasonable to me that if a serious bug is found in production by end-users, a failing unit test should be added to cover that bug, thus intentionally breaking the build until the bug is ...
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How to test the tests?

We test our code to make it more correct (actually, less likely to be incorrect). However, the tests are also code -- they can also contain errors. And if your tests are buggy, they hardly make your ...
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How can I unit test audio?

I have inherited a small project and want to extend it and stabilize it at the same time by writing Unit Tests for all the new code I am adding. The first class, TypedAudioCreator, creates audio files ...
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How can I organize fast and comfortable solution compilation in VS 2010?

Most of programmers who are involved into development of more or less large project(s) know how annoying the process of compilation can be. There are some other things which are dependent on ...
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What's a good name for a third type of testing?

I generally have different types of tests that I work with - the standard types: Unit Tests (testing basic functionality of classes, methods etc) and Integration Tests (testing how multiple components ...
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How do people doing TDD handle loss of work when doing major refactoring

For a while I have been trying to learn to write unit tests for my code. Initially I started out doing true TDD, where I wouldn't write any code until I'd written a failing test first. However, I ...
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Is it OK to introduce methods that are used only during unit tests?

Recently I was TDDing a factory method. The method was to create either a plain object, or an object wrapped in a decorator. The decorated object could be of one of several types all extending ...
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Looking for resources on TDD and BDD

I'm doing a presentation this week for Uni on the application of TDD and BDD. I'm trying to focus on types of code (such as algorithms, business logic or crud) and which methodology (if at any at all) ...
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Should I use an aggregate root when designing my repository?

I have an entity that is called Master which is composed of a number of Slave entities. There can only be one Master in my database and I want to query repositories to get the Slave for a given id. ...
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How do you convince management to “invest” in unit tests?

How did you convince your manager to let you unit test? By "use", I mean being allowed to develop, check-in to source control and maintain the unit tests over time, etc. Typical management ...
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Single or multiple files for unit testing a single class?

In researching unit testing best practices to help put together guidelines for my organization, I've run into the question of whether it is better or useful to separate test fixtures (test classes) or ...
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Development setup for TDD. Is it correct?

This is how my team has it's development environment set up: Each team member has a local development environment on their own computer, where they check out the code from a shared repository. Every ...
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Advantages and disadvantages to making common unit test scaffolding code

For the project my team and me are working on we often find that we need large pieces of scaffolding code. Creating domain objects with correct values, setting up mocks for repositories, dealing with ...
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How to Write Unit Tests When One Fix Will Make Many Failing Tests Pass?

I have two test cases to test a fix to code that is using the wrong criteria for selecting objects from a collection: Given one object in the collection matching the bad criteria, ensure that no ...