Everyone tells you that you need to test. You know the theory, but you don't know where to begin. What to test? What cases to write? Through realistic and pragmatic examples, this presentation will take you away from var_dump and ease you into the testing business until you're ready to do TDD. All this without losing sight of the tight deadlines.


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Well delivered talk. I'd like to think I'm fairly good at writing tests, but still was plenty I could take away from this talk.

Gary Fuller at 14:21 on 16 Feb 2017

Really enjoyed this talk. Unit testing is an area I need to get into (as I normally just tack on new code to a legacy codebase at the moment). This was a very clear introduction into the subject, with some useful examples and ways to avoid gotchas.

I really enjoyed this take, nice one!

Antonio Peric at 17:19 on 16 Feb 2017

From my perspective this is well delivered talk which doesn't include so much of technical things but more how you should think about tests and how you can start applying them. Good introduction, specially for people who are not familiar with test and way of thinking about them

Jenny Talbot at 08:19 on 17 Feb 2017

Good intro for anyone new to testing, not too technical

Brad Bird at 09:21 on 17 Feb 2017

Great talk! Lots of tips for selling unit testing to my boss and how to approach it ☺.

Gary Hockin at 13:56 on 17 Feb 2017

Great talk, suggest real and approachable ways to start working towards TDD rather than the typical way of saying "just do it". Highly recommend.

Davo Smith at 20:02 on 17 Feb 2017

Great encouragement to fully embrace Test Driven Development - will certainly be trying harder to write my automated tests first in the future (rather than after the code is finished).

Mattias Wirf at 22:41 on 18 Feb 2017

Good inspiration to start testing. I am one of those who's been trying to start with full TDD and given up. Anna also gave good answers to the questions from the audiance, in my opinon :)

A very good introduction to unit testing and how to think on it, particularly how it can be thought of as an integral part of development, it being a sort of pre-emptive debugging. I also liked the initial steps on how to start using it with exiting code.

Testing shouldn't be hard to get started with, but so often it is, due to psychological hurdles that are hard to surmount for some reason. This clear and accessible presentation should help anyone get further down the path towards full TDD - while not being a waste of time for current practitioners either!

Gareth Ellis at 10:31 on 22 Feb 2017

This talk was well delivered and contained some good insights into the process of introducing tests to your development workflow, and a practical way to work towards a TDD approach.