location_city Washington schedule Oct 15th 04:15 - 05:00 PM place Ballroom C people 8 Interested

Are you daunted by the prospect of introducing automated testing to a code base without it? Does your code base have automated unit tests, but no one has confidence about what the tests say about code? Consider approval tests to confront these challenges. Approval tests simplify assessing the behavior of a system by taking a snapshot of the results, and confirming that they have not changed. They are useful for both bootstrapping testing automation and for creating more expressive tests. In this session participants will join in hands on exercises using LEGO bricks that illustrate the concept of approval tests, and will share the results of a case study where the approach was used to improve software testing.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Workshop

The session will begin with a two-step exercise using LEGO bricks. In the first round, the participants will have a Lego model, and they will create tests of other Lego bricks to assess the model. Following a short discussion, the participants will then build a new set of tests based on a snapshot to the original model.

The sessions will then transition to a presentation when we will describe the Approval tests as a software testing framework, and how the Lego exercise is metaphor for this framework. The presentation will include examples of test code using the Approval test framework, and the approach differs from other automated testing approaches.

Lastly, we will describe how Approval tests were used on a project to improve the testing automation of it's software.

Learning Outcome

Participants will have an understanding about what approval tests are, situations where they can be applied, and a starting point for applying them to their own projects.

Target Audience

Practitioners who (1) have code bases without automated test and want an approach to get started (2) have obtuse unit tests and would like an approach to make them more readable, or (3) are generally interested in automated testing approaches.

Prerequisites for Attendees

Participants should have familiarity with the concepts of automated testing, including automated unit testing.

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