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- For unit testing, I still use Jasmine. I’ve been a big fan of it for a good number of years now. It’s not the most up to date framework out there. I know Mocha and a few others do push forward faster, and more frequently, but I’m not so interested in staying on the cutting edge, or even the leading edge of the testing world. I’m more interested in long term stability and support, which I find in Jasmine. I’ve stuck with it because of its simplicity, as well.
- The idea is if you want to write test automation for your code, you need to be able to separate individual pieces. You need to be able to take this one function, this one class, this one object, this one whatever, and completely separate it from anything else in your system, so that you can verify the behavior of this one thing. Once you have behavior verified of the one thing, then you can start putting it together with other things that have been tested, as well. You start integrating those things together, and verify the interaction between those 2 things.
- If at all possible, I would recommend recommend having the testers in the same room as the developers, and having the testers and developers involved in the same conversations, because ultimately, the testers have to understand what they are testing, and the developers have to understand what is being tested, as well as what is being developed. It’s necessary to have everybody talking and everybody on the same page.
- One thing to do, it’s just going to be practice. Just hands down, that is the single best thing you can do is practice, and the best way to practice is to create throwaway projects that are designed to do nothing but let you practice. I do this with every aspect of development, no matter what tools or technology I’m using. If I need to get better at something, I throw all of my actual project code to the side, I stand up a dummy project that is nothing but practice for that tool or technology, and I just pound away at it for as long as I can, or until I feel comfortable enough to go back to my real production code and put it in place.
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