Monthly Archives: May 2014

Is TDD Dead? My questions

These are my questions for parts 5 and 6 of Is TDD Dead?. I’d like to start by thanking the panellists for publishing their discussions. TDD the Principle Kent and Martin, why is it that you practise test-driven development? What … Continue reading

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The lighter side of open source

In a recent post I talked about the apolitical, amoral nature of open source software and how it puts the interests of a small programming class before the interests of the broad collection of people who interact with programmers’ output. … Continue reading

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I use mocks and I’m happy with that

Both Kent Beck and Martin Fowler have said that they don’t use mock objects in their test-driven development. I do. I use them mostly for the sense described first in my BNR blog post on Mock Objects, namely to stand … Continue reading

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One meeellleeon

A teacher recently asked her computing class if there was any question they would like to ask me. One of the students came up with a question: how could they make a million pounds? I think my answer would be … Continue reading

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Open Source and the Lehrer-von Braun defence

Tom Lehrer’s song about Wernher von Braun is of a man who should not be described as hypocritical: Say rather that he’s apolitical. “Once the rockets go up, who cares where they come down? That’s not my department,” says Wernher … Continue reading

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It’s just like English

Fans of the RSpec tool for writing tests will be familiar with its English-like(fn1) syntax for describing tests, which looks like this. describe StrawMan do context “when interpreting a test in RSpec” do it “is written in plain English” do … Continue reading

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