Category testing

Scratching a JUnit Itch

tl;dr I like JUnit. It is simple and clean, and it is ubiquitous in the Java world. I like Go’s testing package. It is even simpler and cleaner, and distinguishes between failed checks and fatal test failures. It doesn’t use exceptions to do this. I wanted to see what Go’s testing semantics would look like […]

Deliberate Testing interview

[Josiah Renaudin interviewed me in May 2015 ahead of the STAREAST conference in Orlando. The original interview is online at AgileConnection.] Summary: In this interview, technology and organizational consultant Dan North discusses deliberate testing in an agile world. He talks about how testing was perceived before agile became such a big part of the industry, and […]

The End of Endotesting?

…or why Mockito is my new friend. So what’s endotesting? The pioneers of the technique we now know as mocking presented a paper at the XP 2000 conference, where they first introduced the idea to a wider audience. They prefaced it with the quote: bq. “Once,” said the Mock Turtle at last, with a deep […]

Let your examples flow

Should examples/tests/specs/whatever be DRY(Don’t Repeat Yourself)? I’ve been thinking (and talking and arguing) about the value of test names recently and whether they are just unnecessary duplication, but that’s the subject of a future discussion. This is about the actual content of your examples. So, should your examples be DRY? In a word, no. DRY […]

Awesome Acceptance Testing at SPA 2008

I’ve been pretty slack at letting people know about upcoming talks. I could blame workload or burnout or any number of other plausible-sounding reasons, but a lot of it is just down to not prioritising very well. I should fix that. A couple of years ago Joe Walnes and I gave a talk at an […]

Monkey business value

So I was hanging out with a bunch of geeks in Switzerland, having one of those late night conversations, and an idea sort of emerged, and the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea. And then I was thinking that a) I’m useless at following through on ideas and b) I […]

Article: Introducing Behaviour-Driven Development

At the beginning of this year I wrote a feature article for Better Software magazine, which was published as “Behavior Modification” back in March. The article is now available on my site. It gives an overview of behaviour-driven development, from its origins as a coaching aid for TDD through to its current form as a […]