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31: I'm so sick of the testing pyramid

What started as a twitter disagreement carries over into this civil discussion of software testing. Brian and Paul discuss testing practices such as the testing pyramid, TDD, unit testing, system testing, and balancing test effort. the Testing Pyramid the Testing Column TDD unit testing balancing unit with system tests, functional tests API testing subcutaneous testing customer facing tests Special Guest: Paul Merrill.

Duration: 00:39:57

30: Legacy Code - M. Scott Ford

M. Scott Ford is the founder and chief code whisperer at Corgibytes, a company focused on helping other companies with legacy code. Topics include: How M. Scott Ford got into forming a company that works on legacy code. Technical debt Process debt Software testing The testing pyramid iterative development kanban readable code and readable test code Special Guest: M. Scott Ford.

Duration: 00:41:47

20: Talk Python To Me host Michael Kennedy

I talk with Michael about: Episodes of his show having to do with testing. His transition from employee to podcast host and online training entrepreneur. His Python training courses. The Pyramid Web framework. Courses by Michael Explore Python Jumpstart by Building 10 Apps Explore Write Pythonic Code Like a Seasoned Developer Python for Entrepreneurs Testing related podcast Episodes from Talk Python To Me: episode 10: Harry Percival, TDD for the Web in Python, and PythonAnywhere...

Duration: 00:47:13

19: Python unittest with Robert Collins

Interview with Robert Collins, current core maintainer of Python's unittest module. Some of the topics covered How did Robert become the maintainer of unittest? unittest2 as a rolling backport of unittest test and class parametrization with subtest and testscenarios Which extension to unittest most closely resembles Pytest fixtures? Comparing Pytest and unittest Will unittest ever get assert rewriting? Future changes to unittest I've been re-studying unittest recently and I mostly wanted...

Duration: 00:40:25

18: Testing in Startups and Hiring Software Engineers with Joe Stump

In this episode, I interview with Joe Stump, cofounder of Sprintly (, to give the startup perspective to development and testing. Joe has spent his career in startups. He's also been involved with hiring and talent acquisition for several startups. We talk about testing, continuous integration, code reviews, deployment, tolerance to defects, and how some of those differ between large companies and small companies and startups. Then we get into hiring. Specifically,...

Duration: 00:53:27

11: pytest assert magic

How pytest, unittest, and nose deal with assertions. The job of the test framework to tell developers how and why their tests failed is a difficult job. In this episode I talk about assert helper functions and the 3 methods pytest uses to get around having users need to use assert helper functions.

Duration: 00:13:46

8: Agile vs Agility : Agile Is Dead (Long Live Agility)

In today's podcast, I dodge the question of "What do you think of Agile?" by reading an essay from Dave Thomas (

Duration: 00:08:38

6: Writing software is like nothing else

My experience with writing software comes from my experience: where I grew up, what eras I lived through, what my economical and geographical experiences have been, when I learned to code, and what projects I've worked on.

Duration: 00:06:55

4: Test Fixtures: Setup, Teardown, and so much more

Setup and Teardown Benefits of Test Fixtures code reuse cleanup of resources errors vs failures focusing your thinking on what you are testing and what you are not scoping for efficiency Brief look at pytest named fixtures References pytest fixtures series ( pytest fixtures nuts & bolts ( pytest session scoped fixtures...

Duration: 00:13:47

3: Why test?

Answering a listener question. Why testing? What are the benefits? Why automated testing over manual testing? Why test first? Why do automated testing during development? Why test to the user level API? After describing my ideal test strategy and project, I list: Business related, practical benefits of testing Personal reasons to embrace testing Pragmatic, day to day, developer benefits of testing

Duration: 00:26:00

1: What to expect from the Python Test Podcast

Upcoming topic categories: Mechanics of testing testing concepts and strategies Software development methodologies Software development skills and best practices Software testing in education and programming instruction Using Python test frameworks for non-Python projects Each of the categories is broken into topic ideas in the audio. Goals: Promote the idea that strategically combining software testing into the development process does NOT take more time. Have learning a test framework be...

Duration: 00:14:37