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  • Backing in Unit Tests into an existing project

    Recently I was asked about backing in unit tests into an existing project. In particular I was asked A) was possible and B) is it worth it. In short my answers to both these are Yes and Yes. However, backing in unit tests is not without its challenges. I thought today I would go express my experiences...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 10-09-2007
    Filed under: Development, Agile, Methodology, TDD, Opinion
  • Why I believe IN and WRITE unit tests

    In my last post I think I struck a cord with some people in my post 'Unit tests taking too much time'. My intent was NOT to sound like an elitist Agilist or any else of that nature. My intent was simply to put a post out there about the misperception (in my opinion) about how writing unit tests...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 10-01-2007
    Filed under: Development, Agile, Methodology, TDD, Opinion, Featured
  • Technical Debt, How we accumulate it, and how we can reduce it

    All software projects will amass some amount of technical debt. This is not a necessarily bad thing; it is just he cost of doing business. As developers the only thing we can do is try to control/limit the amount of technical debt we build up. If you agree that all software projects build up some amount...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 05-25-2007
    Filed under: Development, Methodology, TDD
  • Learning to use Mocks and the power they provide

    Up until a few months ago I had never even attempted to use mocks ( NMock , RhinoMock , etc). Every time I would read about Mocking I thought to myself, this is kinda cool, but seems to be a waste of energy. At the time I saw Mocks as only a way to create ‘placeholders’ for business/data classes. I did...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 05-23-2007
    Filed under: Development, Agile, Methodology, TDD
  • Options Wanted: How do I handle my Mocks

    I am looking for feedback from the group. I am pretty new to using mocks for my unit tests and I am not sure what the standard approach in the community for usage of mocks in regards to how/where they are stored in your test application. After refactoring some of my tests to use mocks I quickly noticed...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 04-17-2007
    Filed under: Development, Agile, Methodology, TDD, NMock
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