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31: I'm so sick of the testing pyramid

9/27/2017
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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

8/1/2017
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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


24: pytest with Raphael Pierzina

11/10/2016
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pytest is an extremely popular test framework used by many projects and companies. In this episode, I interview Raphael Pierzina (@hackebrot (https://twitter.com/hackebrot)), a core contributor to both pytest and cookiecutter. We discuss how Raphael got involved with both projects, his involvement in cookiecutter, pytest, "adopt pytest month", the pytest code sprint, and of course some of the cool new features in pytest 3. Links: Raphael Pierzina on twitter (@hackebrot...

Duration: 00:35:15


23: Lessons about testing and TDD from Kent Beck

9/30/2016
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Kent Beck's twitter profile says "Programmer, author, father, husband, goat farmer". But I know him best from his work on extreme programming, test first programming, and test driven development. He's the one. The reason you know about TDD is because of Kent Beck. I first ran across writings from Kent Beck as started exploring Extreme Programming in the early 2000's. Although I don't agree with all of the views he's expressed in his long and verbose career, I respect him as one of the best...

Duration: 00:13:46


22: Converting Manual Tests to Automated Tests

9/24/2016
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How do you convert manual tests to automated tests? This episode looks at the differences between manual and automated tests and presents two strategies for converting manual to automated.

Duration: 00:10:55


21: Terminology: test fixtures, subcutaneous testing, end to end testing, system testing

8/31/2016
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A listener requested that I start covering some terminology. I think it's a great idea. Covered in this episode: Test Fixtures Subcutaneous Testing End to End Testing (System Testing) I also discuss: A book rewrite Progress on transcripts A story from the slack channel

Duration: 00:18:05


20: Talk Python To Me host Michael Kennedy

7/29/2016
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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

6/15/2016
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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

4/20/2016
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In this episode, I interview with Joe Stump, cofounder of Sprintly (https://sprint.ly), 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

2/4/2016
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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


9: Harry Percival : Testing Web Apps with Python, Selenium, Django

1/19/2016
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Intro to Harry Percival, his background and story of how he got into TDD and ended up writing a book (http://amzn.to/1SqW1t3) Comparing using unittest and pytest with applicability to testing django projects. Functional end to end testing with selenium. The django test client for middle level tests. test isolation django and isolated unit tests unit tests vs integration tests Testing done by the development team without an external QA Double loop TDD: Functional test first, then unit tests...

Duration: 00:45:13


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

12/15/2015
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In today's podcast, I dodge the question of "What do you think of Agile?" by reading an essay from Dave Thomas (http://pragdave.me/blog/2014/03/04/time-to-kill-agile/)

Duration: 00:08:38


6: Writing software is like nothing else

10/20/2015
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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

9/11/2015
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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 (http://pythontesting.net/framework/pytest/pytest-fixtures/) pytest fixtures nuts & bolts (http://pythontesting.net/framework/pytest/pytest-fixtures-nuts-bolts/) pytest session scoped fixtures...

Duration: 00:13:47


3: Why test?

9/2/2015
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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

8/11/2015
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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