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Unit tests: Creativity in Favour of Crisis Management by Nicolas Connault

Date: Monday, 18th February 2008
Time: 19:00 (tea & coffee available from 18:30)
Location: Novotel, Bostock Lane, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 4EP (map)
Price: Free! (non-members welcome)
Status: Went Ahead

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Many thanks to everyone who attended this event, and to Nicolas Connault for providing the presentation for us. A copy of the presentation is available. To download a copy click here.

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No adept of object-oriented computer languages can ignore the existence of unit tests, one of the most basic and important tools of a programmer. Unit test frameworks have been around for decades, for a multitude of languages. However, the practice hasn't quite become mainstream yet, and could even be considered borderline. The common focus on productivity leads many project managers to reject practices which seem to add considerably to a software's delivery timeline. They may either feel that they can trust their programmers not to write any bugs (if they offer enough incentives or make enough threats!) or they may decide that bugs that are not obvious to the end user can be ignored and dealt with in later versions. These attitudes and similar others are recipes for frustration, delays, late nights and long-term losses. Unit tests are a proven method for virtually bug-free software development, and this presentation intends to demonstrate how.

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About the Presenter

Nicolas Connault is a freelance web developer living in France, currently involved in the development of Moodle, a world-renowned open source Learning Management System. He is a BA of psychology with a minor in computer science from Edith Cowan University in Australia. His professional interests centre around adult education, group processes, learning theory and community development.

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