Year: 2021

TDD’s Goldilocks Challenge

Successful microtest TDD depends on our ability to solve a goldilocks challenge: when we test our code pieces, do we isolate them too much, too little, or just right? Finding the sweet spot will mean letting go of rulesets & purity. As is my wont, let me remind you, geekery isn’t the only story going on around us. I write of it for my rest & comfort, and perhaps for yours, but it’s a break from more important things. Black …

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Learning TDD w/ Four Mentors

Because microtest TDD is more a "way of geeking" than a technique or a received body of knowledge, building one’s faculties is a long and sometimes perilous effort. Let’s talk about learning. (I, too, feel a little relief just now, tho not as much as some, because recent events aren’t an ending, they’re the beginning of a lot of work. Black Lives Matter. Stay safe, stay strong, stay angry, stay kind. Let’s keep changing this.) I want to approach the …

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TDD As Change Strategy

Microtest TDD is an effective change strategy because it dramatically improves our performance at comprehension, confirmation, and regression detection, all critical factors in handling change quickly & safely. I know how comparatively little geekery matters right now. Sometimes I need a break, and maybe you do, too, so I share. Black lives matter. We can fix this. We’re the only thing that can. Stay safe. Stay strong. Stay angry. Stay kind. We’ve covered a lot of ground in considering TDD …

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On Political Content

I got one of those messages I sometimes get from a reader, telling me that including my politics in my muses/blogs is off-putting. As a general rule, I don’t bother to respond to these. I gain and lose followers all the time, everyone who makes content does, for all sorts of reasons, and that’s just one more. Today, though, surrounded by (waves hands) all of this, I feel like I want to give a more full statement on the matter. …

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Real Programming S01E07: A Spike and An Event Bus

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Real Programming

pi Real Programming S01E07: A Spike and An EventBus We make a big architectural change today, going from an update() method to an EventBus. If you want to follow along in the code, the project is at github. Hey, welcome to Real Programming, the show where the slogan is currently in a hardening sprint. We are taking out all of the wrong letters that we put in in order to give you a false sense of progress. What I want …

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Aspects of TDD Practice

Before we can make the case that microtest TDD is an effective change strategy, there’s a few high-level aspects of it that we need to highlight. We tend to take these for granted in our case, but newcomers won’t already know them. More even than before, geekery seems irrelevant. We’re living the natural outcome of a politics of hatred & deceit. This content is one way I find respite, and maybe it will help you a little, but… Stay safe. …

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Why Have a Change Strategy

Microtest Test-Driven Development is a strategy for change. To understand the case, we need to answer two questions: 1) Why have a strategy for change? 2) How does TDD provide one? Let’s take up the first question today. (Before we begin, I remind you of the relative unimportance of geekery to me just now. This is just respite. Please work for change and support the others who are doing so. Black lives matter. Stay safe, stay strong, stay angry, stay …

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The Value Premise

Today it’s microtest TDD’s Value Premise: TDD ships more value faster when that value depends on changing our branching logic safely & quickly. Let’s dig in. Before we start: geekery continues to seem largely irrelevant to me. 1 in 900 Black Americans have died of Covid. They’re still shooting unarmed men & boys in the street. Black lives matter. Please help however you can. Friends, stay safe, stay strong, stay angry, stay kind. I am frequently presented with declarations that …

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