01 February 2024
01 February 2024

Why Test-Driven Development? (Part 2)

As discussed in Part 1, by segregating our focus on developing code that behaves as expected from the focus on developing code that will be well structured, we have achieved the ability to eliminate wasteful and error prone manual chores. That by itself is a really big win, and I often use that aspect of … Read more
17 July 2023
17 July 2023

Managing Test Data for Database Development

In coming up with a strategy for managing test data, first you need to understand what the many test requirements are likely to be for the particular database you are developing. Next, you need to create all the different categories of test data required to suite test requirements and, finally, work out how to manage … Read more
05 June 2023
05 June 2023

Why Test-Driven Development? (Part 1)

Software development is a very tough discipline. Robert Martin (better known as Uncle Bob) holds that software development is the toughest discipline because never before in human history was there an expectation to deal with such insane levels of details. Software development is so tough that it even created the movement called Extreme Programming (XP). … Read more
23 January 2023
23 January 2023

Testing before coding: shifting farther left

A term I have only recently learned is "shift left testing." You can read more about this on Wikipedia here. The term was coined in 2001 and generally means testing earlier in the development lifecycle. Hence, shifting your testing left in the timeline. Just how left should you shift your testing, though? In my mind, so early, the rooster hasn't entirely fallen asleep yet.… Read more