Sunday, October 2, 2011

Book: The Art of Unit Testing: With Examples in .Net

Martin Podval
I finished the reading of The Art of Unit Testing: With Examples in .Net book before a week. The book was categorized as an agile book so you can forget as the book is something like the bible of unit testing. It just summarizes the agile and pragmatic point of view to unit testing more then programmer's manual how to write correctly unit tests.

First chapters define unit testing basis, point to differences between unit and integration testing. The problem is that such text doesn't highlight those differences enough and the reader couldn't understand why the isolation is so much necessary. It's followed by the expression of stubs and mocks and the list of mock frameworks.

The rest of the content is sort of novel about importance of unit testing, the purpose of testing in the company. The most valuable chapter is almost last one which describes how to implement unit testing as a new feature in your company. Such text is applicable for any new technology you want to use in your business.

As I've already said, this book is sort of novel about unit testing, one text which can help you to form your point of view why and how to unit testing, that's all. There is lack of facts important to understand how and why to use isolation frameworks, what can happen when you would write w/o that - which happen in my company anyway :-) - how you would "unit test" any class etc.

Just read the book to complete your glance of unit testing but not suitable for unit testing novices.

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