Aberdeen Developers .Net User Group

ADNUGUK - February 2013 Meeting

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Aberdeen Developers are pleased to present a talk by Seb Rose on Thursday 28th February 2013 at the Robert Gordon University.

Bad Test, Good Test

Foundational unit testing techniques are often taken for granted, but are an essential underpinning for delivering maintainable software. The tests need to assist software development not hinder it, and to that end need to be flexible, robust, comprehensible and performant. if you find yourself fighting your test suite, then something is wrong.

In this session, we re-examine the basics of a unit test. We will work through a number of examples with continuous input from attendees. Each example will start with a test of questionnable quality, and we will work through the issues till we’re happy that it’s as good as we can get it.

Although this session is not specifically about the testability of software, this will necessarily be touched upon as we consider some test cases. Examples will be written in several common languages, but knowledge of all (or any) of them is not a pre-requisite.

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Speaker Bio

Seb Rose is an independent software developer, trainer, and coach based in the UK. He specialises in workig with teams adopting and refining their agile practices, with a particular focus on delivering software through the use of examples.

He first worked as a programmer in 1980 writing applications for estate agents and solicitors in compiled BASIC on an Apple II. He has worked with many mainstream technologies since then, for many well-known companies, such as Amazon, IBM, NCR, HBOS, Standard Life and Aegon. He is a regular conference speaker (ACCU, XPDay, Agile North, Developer Day Scotland, Agile on the Beach, Lean Agile Scotland) as well as contributing author to O’Reilly’s “97 Things Every Programmer Should Know”.

Agenda - Thursday, 28th January 2013

  • 1800 - 1815: Arrival and registration

  • 1815 - 1820: Introduction

  • 1820 - 1920: Bad Test, Good Test

  • 1920 onwards: Questions and drinks at the bar

Prize Draw

All attendees will be entered into a prize draw, with the chance of winning one of the prizes listed here.

Location and Directions

Venue: Room A12, RGU Building, St Andrews Street, Aberdeen, AB25 1HG Directions: Map showing St Andrews Street

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