Category Archives: Test Driven Development
If you followed my blog or looked at any of my projects, you probably noticed that I am a big fan of Shazamcrest. I have introduced this library in every project I worked on, whether it’s personal or at work. Recently I came across AssertJ‘s
isEqualToComparingFieldByField(...) which tries to achieve something similar. All of these frameworks have certain problems that I would like to show you. I would also like to show you how easy it is to implement a good assertion method yourself.
Recently I gave a presentation called “Bad Practices of Testing”. It shows the most common mistakes done while writing tests, describes problems they cause and shows how to do it better. Slides are done using github markdown so you can read it online here: https://github.com/Jarcionek/Bad-Practices-of-Testing
You have probably heard about modulo bias using random number generator. If you read Effective Java by Joshua Bloch this problem is described in Item 47. But did you ever think why there is a problem with simple code like this
Math.abs(rnd.nextInt()) % n ? Why the distribution of elements is not equal and by how much is it exactly biased? Here is the mathematical explanation:
Recently when reviewing my code before opening a pull request, I have noticed a few methods that I felt were untested. I have run all tests with coverage and indeed 7 methods in the class were not covered. The class was a data object and all these 7 methods were mostly getters and setters so the following questions arose:
- Should I have a unit test for data object?
- Should I be testing getters and setters?
- Why I never had to do this before?