Unit testing is a method by which individual units of source code are tested to determine if they are fit for use.

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Integration Tests - How much is too much? [duplicate]

First of I'm not sure if I chose the right name for my question, I'm not sure if they are functional tests or integration ( or other ). I'm talking about tests which test (or it should) the app from ...
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Is it normal to spend as much, if not more, time writing tests than actual code?

I find tests a lot trickier and harder to write than the actual code they are testing. It's not unusual for me to spend more time writing the test than the code it is testing. Is that normal or am I ...
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Is it an overkill to write unit tests for a small code base? [duplicate]

I am the sole maintainer of a code base of about 2000 lines of code. It's not big, but over time the code became so unmaintainable my boss agreed to give me time to rewrite it from scratch. Since the ...
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Best Possible Way To Write Unit Tests For HTTP Middleware

I am using this go library(https://github.com/abourget/goproxy) to create a custom proxy server app. The app is utilizing several middleware of the following form: MyMiddlewarFunc(ctx ...
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Is it ok to use service locator for ubiquitously used dependencies? [closed]

We strictly adhere to inversion of control in our codebase, but that creates hellish constructors (yes, I know that means our classes aren't cohesive enough, this is a work in progress). The thing is, ...
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Mocking a utilities module for unit testing? [duplicate]

I'm writing unit tests for a class that makes use of a general utilities module. In general I want to mock all the dependencies of the class, but mocking some of the utility functions feels weird. ...
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Difference Between Unit Testing and Test Driven Development

From reading the descriptions, I understand that in TDD tests are done prior to writing the function and in Unit Testing, its done afterwards. Is this the main difference, or the two terms can't even ...
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Eclipse unit test - one project per file/class?

My new company has never had unit testing, but have finally been persuaded to introduce it. They have chosen Google test and, for some reason, want to run the unit tests from within Eclipse (where I, ...
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Testing procedural code

TL;DR. Writing procedural code within a DB transaction. How can I improve design of the code so it's better testable? In my application I have a service object that perform multiple things within the ...
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Should I use TDD and BDD if my project is changing fast?

I have my own little project I am creating using RoR, I plan it to have small-medium load. With no doubt I started with BDD and TDD (Cucumber and RSpec to be exact, but I am also experienced with ...
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Does one need to mock concrete data objects?

I've been working on a large project where much of the code is not under test. I have been able to add some unit tests to functional areas of the code, and also to start mocking services but I have a ...
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Is there a point to unit tests that stub and mock everything public?

When doing unit tests the "proper" way, i.e. stubbing every public call and return preset values or mocks, I feel like I'm not actually testing anything. I'm literally looking at my code and creating ...
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Testing a function that only calls one or two other functions [duplicate]

The short version The code As part of TDD, we often end up with functions that follow this pattern: function onSendRequestForSelected() { this.deselectStepsWithRequest(); ...
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Automated Testing: Explaining its Business Value

To start I don't think this is a repeat of other questions on unit testing. What I'm looking for help with is articulating its value to a team of programmers, analysts, managers and testers. By ...
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Long-Term Strategy For Implementing a QA System?

I have been given the task of implementing some QA testing into a massive existing system. We're going to start out with system-level tests and might add unit tests if it is deemed necessary. I ...
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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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Unit testing Eloquent outside of Laravel

How can I unit test my Eloquent models when I'm using the ORM outside of Laravel? What I'm hoping to do it run tests on each model but somehow mock the database connection/query/builder(?) object. ...
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How to write unit tests for an application that mostly performs “hard to test” actions? [duplicate]

In my company we develop medical data-acquisition systems. The main functions of each application are: Interface with data-sampling hardware; Save/load collected data to/from files on disk; Perform ...
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How much Code Coverage is “enough”?

We are starting a push for code coverage here at my work, and it has got me to thinking.... How much code coverage is enough? When do you get to the point of diminishing returns on code coverage? ...
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How to structure a chain of method calls [duplicate]

To keep it simpler for any client of my class, I have put a sequence of private method calls within one public method. The client then calls this method and all the methods within run to complete the ...
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How to Console.WriteLine from [TestMethod]?

I am trying to show some information from a [TestMethod] method. Usually we use NUnit and a line with Console.WriteLine runs fine and we can see it in 'output' window, but on this project we must to ...
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Do the terms “unit test” and “integration test” sometimes overlap or conflict? [duplicate]

By my understanding, a "unit test" is a test that makes assertions about the "smallest testable unit" - and an "integration test" is a test that depends on integration with an external system, e.g. ...
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Testing base-62 converter

I have a converter module which encodes non-negative numerics to base 62 strings and vice versa. I'm not very experienced with testing, and I got this so far: Encode Test for negative numbers Test ...
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How big should be an input array to unit test a method with a loop? [closed]

This probably sounds like a dumb question, forgive me if I'm asking this in the wrong place, I'd be happy to delete it if so. I'm sort of new to unit testing and I'd like to learn best practices ...
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How to properly test many methods when main logic is in private method [duplicate]

This is a little bit of follow up question to How to test private methods. I totally agree (and experienced what happens when you try) that we should not test private methods. Sometimes though it ...
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How should you look at unit testing protected members used by the abstract base class?

I have the following class(es) that I want to write unit tests for: public abstract class BaseClass { public bool IsFooBar(Order order) { return order.IsNew && ...
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Unit test structure focused on responsibilities

I'm not going to ask what is the best unit test structure or how to do it again. There are already enough questions about it. Instead I'd like you to tell me what else I could consider in the ...
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Is it considered a bad coding practice to write methods/properties that support (only) testing? [duplicate]

When I write (unit) tests I always try to avoid for example microsoft fakes because then the edit&continue feature no longer works. However this often requires refactoring... and sometimes methods ...
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Unit Testing: Structured vs Unstructured Programming [closed]

Is it possible to write effective unit tests for unstructured code? I was reading through the various answers to this question. It explains the implications of unit testing procedural and OOP code, ...
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Sharing Unit Tests between several language implementations of one spec?

JsonLogic is a data format (built on top of JSON) for storing and sharing rules between front-end and back-end code. It's essential that the same rule returns the same result whether executed by the ...
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How to reconcile “not mocking what you don't own” with “expectations” in unit tests?

I'm putting together a set of models for use in a Zend Framework 2 application. So, each model has a table class which acts as the interface between the model and database for querying. Using the ZF2 ...
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Unit testings (test smallest piece of code) vs. unit testing (only test public) [duplicate]

So a few time on stackoverflow, I've asked 'how do you unit test this private/internal whatever' and there always seems to be a response of 'you don't'. But this seems to be contradictory to unit ...
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Should I unit test my subclasses or my abstract parent class?

I have a skeletal implementation, as in Item 18 from Effective Java (extended discussion here). It is an abstract class that provides 2 public methods methodA() and methodB() that call subclasses ...
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Better To Call In Dive Into Submethods Or Pass Around a result

I have a service that does fairly complicated business logic when it receives a request. I have most the functionality isolated into private methods which dive a couple levels down from the method ...
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Can I check the existence of an annotation in an unit test?

I have a java class hierarchy that are formed by an Abstract class and N extensions of it. In the abstract class I have a method that is annotated with a @Remove annotation. While we won't get any ...
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How to write maintainable, not brittle, unit tests for a GUI?

I tried writing UI unit tests for my GUI apps and I face the problem that, while they work well when I initially write them, they turn out to be brittle and they break whenever the design changes ...
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TDD - Outside In developemnt

I'm pretty comfortable with the core concepts of Outside In (especially from this question). However one thing eludes me concerning the mocks you created at each level which then lead to creating the ...
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Should I use a mock or create a new instance of an object in unit tests? [closed]

I have to write a unit test for a method like: void doSomethingWith(Country country) {...} There are the following classes: Interface: public interface Country { String getName(); ... // and ...
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Ways of creating expected object for assert

Recently, I started to use TDD. It's really cool and fun but creating expected object for assertEquals is very boring and tedious. At the moment I see only two way for that: Straightforward Creating ...
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Dealing with stubbed external dependency

In sut I should I have two kinds of dependencies to be stubbed: 3rd party dependencies (mongodb & co) and own dependencies: var async = require('async'), // This dependency should not be stubbed ...
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How to test an algorithm with multiple inputs?

I want to check group of algorithms which has up to 8 input options. The native idea would be to check all possibilities via brute force. How can I reduce it without leaving out required combinations? ...
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Doesn't dependency injection push the testing burden further down the chain?

I'm learning about dependency injection and while I can see the appeal of it when writing functional libraries, I fail to see how it solves anything when you'll also be the one using the libraries. ...
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TDD/BDD: Mocks with expectations: bad? [closed]

Is using mocks in the following way a bad idea: writing tests where mocks expect certain calls from the subject under test Or even just writing mocks that return values to the subject under test ...
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TDD/BDD - Properly defining tests, adjusting tests, putting describe blocks inside it blocks

I am coming around with TDD/BDD. I am a bit confused though, when it comes to initially writing my BDD tests and then adding more tests after the very broad tests. For Example, lets say that I am ...
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How to write loosely coupled tests [duplicate]

I work on a software that has a lot of tests. However, instead of helping us develop faster, these tests actually bog us down, because even tiny changes in the application break many tests. Clearly, ...
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Unit testing and testing null value [duplicate]

I m actually studying unit testing and I was wondering if testing null value is good or not in every functions / method of my app. Admitting that we're working on javascript and that I have a ...
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Unit Testing a Function which produces “limit less” results

I am pretty new-ish to unit testing in a more nuanced sense. If have an application function which based on users given input could produce an seeming "limit-less"combination of output, whats the ...
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ASP.Net MVC - Implementing a Test Environment

I would like to implement some sort of test environment for ASP.Net projects. I am trying to implement this as an alternative to mocking the entity framework. Here is what I am trying to achieve : ...
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How to draw programmer's attentions in certain conditions?

Let's start with an example. Let's say, I have a method called export that depends heavily on the DB schema. And by “depends heavily” I mean I know that adding a new column to a certain table often ...
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Why does automated testing keep failing in my company?

We have tried to introduce developer automated testing several times at my company. Our QA team uses Selenium to automate UI tests, but I always wanted to introduce unit tests and integration tests. ...