Hooking Up Automated Unit Tests (a simple approach, if one is to be had)


J

Jordan S.

Okay so I've finally "seen the Light" about writing automated unit tests
ahead of time.

Question: What is a very simple approach that I can use to setting up
automated unit tests, considering that I don't want to (1) embed them in
production code at all (even with compiler directives to ignore them for
release builds); and (2) I don't want to jump into a full-blown unit testing
framework quite yet (like NUnit).

I'm looking to set up a very simple way to hook up automated unit-tests just
so I can get the hang of it and demonstrate it to my colleagues as a "here's
how simple it can be" demo. After that I'd likely be able to appreciate
NUnit (or similar) and sell others on the idea of adopting such a mainstream
testing framework.

We're developing all types of .NET application types except for mobile; Web
using VS 2008.

And yes, I have goodled this, but what I have come up with is hits for the
big frameworks... not helpful for my objective of seeing how simple it can
be.

Thanks.
 
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S

sloan

I advise to get past the NUnit reluctance, and just start with it.

Here is a quick tutorial. (about as quick as it gets)

http://www.autotestguy.com/archives/2006/05/nunit_quick_and.html

Which is basically...alot more simple than home brewing something.

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This is a wise investment as well:
http://www.pragprog.com/titles/utc2

If the light has truly went off, you'd embrace all the hardwork already done
for you with NUnit.

The first URL can show you how simple it is.

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I think most developers do the "test" code to begin with, they just put it
in commandButtons on dummy winforms applications.

This is a way to exercise a little discipline, and put it somewhere that it
makes sense.

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Here are some ready made samples as well:
http://www.nunit.org/index.php?p=samples&r=2.4.6


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You never "embed" into production code the unit tests.
They should be in their own assembly, and only reference your (mainly)
business logic layer.


I submit that the "light going off" means adopting NUnit or the MS
equivalent.
Since NUnit is FREE (and MS is $$$ in VS2005 ) ( the MS UnitTesting was
advertised as free in VS2008 Pro)...
NUnit would be a great start.

Just because MS makes it, doesn't always make it better.
Aka, my personal preference is still NUnit.

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Good luck.
 
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T

Tuono

i'd recommend to start with TestDriven.net and if u have alot of legacy code
to deal with, u can go with using TypeMock to mock ur dependent classes
 

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